Has anyone used iFFmpeg?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ohsnap, May 14, 2011.

  1. ohsnap, May 14, 2011
    Last edited: May 14, 2011

    ohsnap macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2004
    iFFmpeg is successor to the venerable VisualHub. So many good things can be said about it. Clean interface, easy to use, feature rich. But still, I find myself using VH for most of my encodes simply because VH outputs H.264 MP4 files with quality equal to or greater than iFFmpeg (using similar setting) but as much as 30% smaller. I am perfectly aware that it's the switches in iFFmpeg that I'm setting right but I've reach the limits of my technical abilities and can't quite get things right. For example, a 700MiB avi file that I would convert in VH (which stopped being developed in 2007) produces a file that is ~550-600MiB whereas set to (seemingly) the same quality could yield a file that is in excess of 1.2GB.

    Are there any iFFmpeg experts out there that could help me out a bit? I am usually starting with the iPad preset in iFFmpeg 2.0.0 and tweaking the settings thus. In VH, I use the iTunes>iPhone option, set and forget.
  2. Atarikid macrumors regular

    May 14, 2011
    I use iffmpeg all the time and it rocks. It is waaaaaaay better then VH. Quality is on par or better.
    By default it is set to very high quality. Try experimenting with the quality presets. Setting a target file size is also handy imo
    The amount of video formats is hugh, never seen before.

    Yes I like iffmpeg a lot. :)
  3. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    From my understanding, both VisualHub and iFFmpeg are just GUI front ends to the open source ffmpeg.

    VisualHub is limited to an old 2007 or 2008 version of ffmpeg while iFFmpeg can use the latest. You should be able to achieve equal quality and size on both by looking at the visualhub logs and applying those settings in iFFmpeg.

    I could be wrong but this make sense to me, although there might be some small differences or improvements due to iFFmpeg using a more "mature" version of ffmpeg.
  4. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    ReduxEncoder is also a nice new front end of what was Visual Encoder. I use it for most TV Show conversions. HB for the movies...I trust the quality more.

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