Anyone know of an alternative app to visualhub?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jjahshik32, Aug 22, 2009.

  1. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    I think visualhub is the best app out there to convert any files into well just about almost any format especially iphone/ipod. Anyway since the upgrade to the Nehalem machine I've only seen the CPU go up around 30% but mostly hoving around in the 20% converting my vids into iphone format.

    I want to be able to use up to 95% of my CPU's power but are there any visualhub alternatives that support the nehalem architecture?

    I've tried using visualhub on my mbp and it does take advantage of the CPU up to 95%.
  2. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    I thought handbrake can only rip dvds? And not really used for converting vids.

    Also whenever I run handbrake it always crashes.
  3. rub macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2009
    i think visualhub may be it as far as the mac side goes. i'm only on a 1,1 mac pro but it does seem like it's been slower than in the past. haven't had the cpu monitor up to check though.
  4. Snarf macrumors newbie

    Feb 29, 2004
    Upstate New York
    I regularly use Handbrake on my 2006 Mac Pro and it utilizes all cores.

    That said, I do recommend using the "snapshot" version, which the developers claim is unstable, but I've been using it for some time now without any problems. There's even 64-bit flavors.

  5. godspeed macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2006
  6. NOD macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Use the latest 64-bit SVN of HB. It crashes infrequently. I still use Visualhub as well, and, while it rarely crumps, it still doesn't have the flexibility of HB.
  7. Tesselator macrumors 601


    Jan 9, 2008
    "Video Monkey is a free video encoding application exclusively for Mac. It was created after the demise of the great tool Visual Hub. Video Monkey borrows heavily from the Visual Hub video conversion tool, both conceptually and from the original code dump posted to SourceForge as TranscoderRedux."

    Some reports say that it doesn't work yet with Snow Leopard however.
  8. wetrix macrumors 6502


    Dec 1, 2006
    Auckland, New Zealand
    QuickTime X on Snow Leopard can convert anything you can open in QuickTime into iPhone/touch format. It utilises GrandCentral, so you should be able to make the most of your cores. Unfortunately there are no options, no ability to cue, you have to open and add each file individually and then it crashes mid-encode.
  9. wpc33 macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2006
    Vancouver, BC
    I've never heard of VideoMonkey before, but I love VisualHub. Downloading now. Thanks!
  10. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Thanks for the link but unfortunately it only untilizes 7-10% of my CPU!
  11. FF_productions macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    Right now I'm using FilmRedux, it's visualhub but with a new look. I'm testing out a couple videos right now, I'll report back if they work or not, since this is still in alpha it would seem.
  12. devburke Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    Not anymore. Now it can convert plain videos too. In fact, it's lost the ability to rip DVDs by itself (although all you have to do to restore this ability is have VLC installed on the same machine).
  13. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I use VisualHub all the time - even to this day. I have no issues with it (well.. maybe the occasional encode will have audio sync issues). However, since Tyler decided to stop working on it, I've been waiting for ages for someone to successfully take advantage of his open source.

    Just tried out Video Monkey - I liked in VisualHub how I could set the output resolution (i.e. enter anything, not set resolutions like in HandBrake), output file size etc.

    I guess until it adopts that, I won't use it.
  14. devburke Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    Handbrake lets you set resolutions. Just click "Picture Settings..."

    Picture 1.png

    But personally, I stick with the presets.
  15. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Read what I set. HandBrake doesn't let you choose random resolutions, it is set resolutions.

    E.g. I can't make something that is a 4:3 ratio resolution (e.g. 800x600) a 16:9 resolution (e.g 688x384).
  16. devburke Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    Wanna bet?

    Picture 1.png

    You can set whatever resolution and aspect ratio you like. I knew what you'd said.

  17. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Thanks for pointing that out, I'm pretty sure you never used to be able to do that in earlier builds..
  18. ez4u2sa67 macrumors member


    Feb 20, 2009
  19. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    its been around a while from what i remember:eek:
  20. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    And FWIW vlc itself can also transcode anything it can play, including DVDs, without any additional software. I actually just found out about this a few weeks ago. :eek: Here's an example guide. It's quite versatile, although Handbrake has a lot of nice presets.
  21. penter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2006
    For this reason, there's no way I can use it :p
    Ok, but seriously, is handbrake the best/fastest/versatile encoder? (by versatile I mean, does it support a large variety of file formats... in batches?)

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