Anyone know of an alternative app to visualhub?

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  1. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    http://handbrake.fr/?article=snapshot

    Enjoy.
     
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  6. NOD macrumors member

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    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

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    "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."

    http://videomonkey.org/Video_Monkey/About.html

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

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    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

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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Handbrake lets you set resolutions. Just click "Picture Settings..."

    Picture 1.png

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

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    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

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    Wanna bet?

    Picture 1.png

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

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  17. kolax macrumors G3

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    Thanks for pointing that out, I'm pretty sure you never used to be able to do that in earlier builds..
     
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  19. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    its been around a while from what i remember:eek:
     
  20. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    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.

    http://wiki.videolan.org/Play_on_IPod
     
  21. penter macrumors 6502a

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    BUT HANDBRAKE HAS A HORRIBLE ICON!!! :mad:
    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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