Video Monkey Full Review and Alternatives

Video Monkey is a free video converter application for Mac. With it you can encode multiple videos, automatically add metadata from sources like and, and then add them to your iTunes library, all at the touch of a button. The UI is simple and intuitive and lets you encode almost any video to many Apple and non-Apple formats like VOB to MP4, MPG to MP4, HEVC to MP4 and more. It uses the super fast ffmpeg encoder for high quality results. Whether it’s converting recorded TV shows, or transferring a video to a format for use in other video editing software, Video Monkey is a great way to simplify all your encoding needs just like its alternatives handbrake, mpeg streamclip, etc.

VideoMonkey was created after the demise of the great tool Visual Hub. Video Monkey borrows heavily from concepts in the Visual Hub video conversion tool for its simple and clear UI and its use of ffmpeg for encoding. And then it enhances that functionality with metadata insertion, automatically adding to iTunes, and other great enhancements.

How to Use Video Monkey on Mac


If you have already downloaded a version of Video Monkey you don’t need to download it again from here. You can simply start the app, select Video Monkey from the menu and then Check for Updates… Video Monkey will look for the latest version and, if necessary, download and install it.

Current Release

There are 1 files, weighing 31.8 MiB with 61,452 hits in Current Release.

Displaying 1 to 1 of 1 files.

» 31.8 MiB – 61,452 hits – February 14, 2015

Previous Releases

There are 15 files, weighing 203.3 MiB with 410,120 hits in Previous Releases.

Displaying 1 to 15 of 15 files.
» 31.8 MiB – 61,152 hits – October 12, 2013
Requires Lion
» 31.8 MiB – 9,567 hits – October 27, 2012
Requires Snow Leopard
» 31.6 MiB – 2,815 hits – October 20, 2012
Some MKV files read framerate incorrectly, some DV files will not encode

» 27.9 MiB – 2,655 hits – September 28, 2012
Fastest encoding does not work, issues with metadata selection

» unknown – 44,929 hits – August 9, 2011
Supports Leopard

» unknown – 6,069 hits – August 6, 2011
Does not run on Leopard systems

» 6.7 MiB – 38,721 hits – March 17, 2011

» 13.1 MiB – 12,491 hits – February 15, 2011

» 8.7 MiB – 101,100 hits – April 8, 2010

» 8.7 MiB – 2,488 hits – April 5, 2010

» 8.7 MiB – 28,157 hits – December 17, 2009

» 8.8 MiB – 47,246 hits – August 26, 2009

» 8.8 MiB – 1,573 hits – July 30, 2009

» 8.6 MiB – 25,126 hits – March 31, 2009

» 8.1 MiB – 26,031 hits – March 10, 2009


Video Monkey is an open source project, released under a BSD license. It also uses other Open Source utilities, including:

It also uses and to look up metadata.

Source Code

Video Monkey source code can be browsed here. You can also use git to clone the source to a local repository:


This will produce a folder called videomonkey with the source tree.

Submitting a Patch

If you make changes to Video Monkey which you think would be useful to others, please consider submitting a patch. Simply use git to make a patch. This requires knowledge of git which can be a bit daunting at first. But there are many good tutorials on the web.

To make it more likely that a patch will be suggested, please document what is being changed and its benefits. Also, attempt to follow the style guidelines of the current code as much as possible. A clear and well documented patch is much more likely to be accepted than one that is makes many arbitrary or unrelated changes or which are poorly formatted.

Once you’ve prepared a patch, open an issue, marking it appropriately (enhancement or bug) and then attach the patch to the bug.

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