best video converter ever!

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  1. ericksgotmac macrumors regular

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    I've been looking into video conversion for a while now. I'm aware of VisualHub, Handbrake, and iSkysoft iMedia Converter. So both VH and HB are free and work ok but I've been looking at iSkysoft iMedia Converter and it seems pretty good but it's about $50 does anyone know what video encoder is currently the best? I have a bunch of M2TS, MTS, .MKV, .MPG, and other formats that all contain DTS or other forms of surround sound audio and makes video encoding a huge headache. I want to be able to convert all of my HD 1080p and 720p files into the best quality for watching on the go. Anyone have any suggestions?
     
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  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    It's an Alpha right now, but I believe you can now download a compiled binary of the OpenSource successor to VH, Transcoder Redux:

    http://www.transcoder-redux.com/
     
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    is there anything specific that's wrong with the apps you listed? Or do you believe a paid app would do a better job?
     
  5. technotask macrumors newbie

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    you get better unpaid versions... just google it... nd i don't mind paying some $$ for good quality downloads also...
     
  6. scnomad macrumors newbie

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    Where can you get Visual Hub? Isn't it discontinued?
     
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    Seconded. Handbrake is now the best video converter on the Mac which is free if you ask me.
     
  10. ziggyonice macrumors 68020

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    Yes, VisualHub was discontinued as the author decided to focus on other things. Unfortunately, he decided not to keep the software available... so you'll have to search the underground operations to find a copy *cough*bit torrent*cough*. :eek:
     
  11. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Nope, as mentioned above Visual Hub is now open source software and is now called Transcoder Redux. Handbrake is still better though.
     
  12. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

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    Probably a bit late for an answer to this, but I've just purchased iskysoft imedia converter as I've had problems encoding .m2ts and a few mkv's with Visualhub into Apple TV 720p MP4.

    It does an amazing (if slow job - converted Push from 1080p .m2ts which took 19 hours on my 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo Mac mini) and The Brave One from 1080p mkv (6.5 hours)

    The UI is easy to use, I'd highly recommend it!

    pac
     
  13. dmbfan41 macrumors regular

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    being so well known for a/v... osx is terrible for conversions ripping and encoding.

    its such a headache to go dvd > mkv on mac.
     
  14. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    What's wrong with using Handbrake?
     
  15. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

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    In my experience, Handbrake rips DVD's with ease, but converting files suck as MKV into MP4 gives bad results, such as very choppy video and bad transcoding compression.

    VisualHub on the other hand works really well for the most part, but doesn't support DTS audio which is a bit of a pain, and again some of the rips have been a bit juddery.

    I've only done two videos so far in iMedia Converter and have been impressed. I'll still keep the other 2 apps though

    pac
     
  16. theimacdude macrumors member

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    iSquint - its a slimmed down version of VisualHub, made by the same company. They're out of business now, but you'll be able to find it still on the internet.
     
  17. Razeus macrumors 601

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    Handbrake. There's nothing better. Period.

    I convert all movies and tv shows to H.264 mp4's with 128 audio. The conversions are beautiful and sound great.
     

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