Video drivers needed to make VRD run?

tsp1965

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Hi all

I've been using VRD for years on a Mac using virtualisation and a Windows VM. Sadly Apple's latest chips don't yet run Windows (and maybe never will) so I was wondering whether it was possible to make VRD work using Crossover - a bought version of WINE. This runs windows app without needing Windows.

It will happily install and launch, letting you change options etc. but won't open an mpeg2 - it fails when it tries to initialise the video using the VMR9 driver - which I presume is missing. I tried installing DirectX 9 into my 'bottle' (that's the windows bits that support the app) but that hasn't made any difference. I tried all the other video driver options as well, none of them work.

Does anyone know how I can get a suitable driver to install in my bottle, please?

I appreciate that what I am trying to do sounds weird, but the fact is that VRD is so much better than all the video editors for Mac that I don't want to leave it behind!

Thanks in advance for any ideas.
 

tsp1965

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Hi Dan, thanks for the link.

Somewhat to my astonishment, this actually works!

For the benefit of anyone else following this, I am using Crossover 20.0.4 in MacOS 11.2 Big Sur, VideoRedo TV Suite v6 6.62.4.827. After installing TV Suite I had to use Crossover's install software into bottle option to install 'DirectX for Modern Games' to install DirectX 9 and then 'Platform SDK Redistributable: GDI+' to install GDI+. In VRD options I set interlacing to off, disabled hardware YUV acceleration and used the GDI driver and...... voila! Video Redo on a Mac without the need for Windows. I'm using an M1 Apple Silicon laptop, but I imagine it should work on an Intel Mac as well. The M1 chip being super-fast, it seems perfectly acceptably responsive and processes very fast.

I have only tested this with a short mpg, but can't see any reason it won't work for other formats. I'll post back later with any updates.
 
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