Can't export movies on Mac.

I downloaded the latest Pencil2D for Mac.

I go to Export -> Movie. Pick whatever format. And nothing happens. Literally.

This has been reported here:, however, a resolution was not found. @Mikshaw mentions that you may have to install ffmpeg on Mac. Alas, I do not know how to install such thing (I downloaded it, but the binary is just a shell program - it doesn’t perform any sort of installation).

Other export functions such as Image Sequence work fine. I suppose I could use it to get the images and them compile them into a movie. But of course, this is not optimal.

I am using OSX 10.9.5.
Many open source projects, particularly commandline programs, don’t always have installers. Sometimes this presents a problem, especially if they also don’t have binaries available, but sometimes it’s not as difficult as it might seem.
If you have a static binary built to run in OSX (see the link above), you should be able to just drop it into one of your bin directories (/usr/local/bin or ~/bin is recommended for programs not added by a package manager), and make sure the binary is set to be executable.

I have zero experience with OSX, but since it is Unix-based i’m making the assumption that this works. Otherwise Apple has done some weird things with the file system. If it doesn’t work this way, then try the Windows approach: Create a “plugins” directory in the Pencil2D directory and drop the ffmpeg binary into that. I can’t guarantee either one, but i can’t see why it wouldn’t work one way or the other.

Hi @mikshaw. I think I followed your instructions correctly, since I can go to the terminal and type ffmpeg which runs the program.

However, the situation remains unchanged for Pencil2D. I still cannot export movies on Mac.

I wonder if anyone has ever been able to do so, actually. All I see is people using alternatives (exporting image sequences, for example).

Thanks for the response.