PhotoStructure uses video processing software (either FFmpeg or VLC) to extract preview images and transcode the videos in your library so they can be streamed to browsers on your mobile and computer.
Unfortunately, due to patent and licensing issues surrounding video formats, it’s up to you to manually install one of these software packages on your own computer.
If you don’t have videos you want to include in your PhotoStructure library, you can skip this step and continue with your installation.
FFmpeg or VLC: which should I use? #
FFmpeg runs in a terminal.
VLC has a graphical interface, and uses FFmpeg under the hood.
If you’re not comfortable with installing command line applications, you should use VLC.
We’ve found that library imports can be several times faster using FFmpeg versus VLC, depending on hardware and OS.
As you should do with all applications, please scan the installer first with your antivirus software.
https://virustotal.com/ lets you scan a file with many different antivirus engines simultaneously.
If you use Homebrew, run
brew install ffmpeg
Otherwise, download and install https://get.videolan.org/vlc/3.0.10/macosx/vlc-3.0.10.dmg, and then launch it. Newer versions of macOS will present a Gatekeeper dialog that you must click “allow” before PhotoStructure can use VLC.
Windows 10 #
If you use Scoop, run
scoop install ffmpeg
If you use Chocolatey, run
choco install ffmpeg
Otherwise, download and install VLC from https://get.videolan.org/vlc/3.0.10/win32/vlc-3.0.10-win32.exe
Open a terminal and run
sudo apt-get install ffmpeg
Note that the Snap Store versions of VLC and FFmpeg do not work with PhotoStructure.
And then… #
If you installed VLC:
go to Preferences, and pick “automatically check for updates.”
Please consider donating to FFmpeg or VLC (click the “donate” button in the header).
After installing VLC or FFmpeg, you can continue with the PhotoStructure installation.
Missed this the first time? Don’t Panic. #
If you missed this notice the first time around, don’t fret:
- Follow the steps above to install FFmpeg or VLC, then
- Restart PhotoStructure, then
- Click PhotoStructure’s icon in your system tray and select
PhotoStructure will re-scan your library and import your videos.
Photo by Thomas William