VisualHub 64 bit alternative for Snow Leopard?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MiataMac, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. MiataMac macrumors member

    Nov 24, 2008
    Now that Visual Hub hasn't been updated in a long time (and no longer developed) and with Snow Leopard out, is there an alternative to Visual Hub that can take advantage of the 64bit so it might be a bit faster converting video files to Apple TV / iTunes mp4 format?

    I don't mind a paid option as long as it's $50 or less.

  2. psxguru macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2006
    Have you tried mpeg streamclip?
    It's not 64bit at the moment but it works well.
  3. MiataMac thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 24, 2008
    No, I haven't, I'll check it out - thanks.

    Mostly I'm not looking for another 32bit alternative to visual hub as I'm quite satisfied with visual hub, but if a 64bit converter is faster, then I would of course prefer that.
  4. mooblie macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2009
    The Highlands, Scotland
    Video Monkey is the offspring of Visual Hub, and is being updated. Gotta be worth investigating...
  5. MiataMac thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 24, 2008
    Video Monkey - cool, I might as well start using that instead of Visual Hub then. Thank you.
  6. stomer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2007
    Leeds, UK
  7. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

    Mar 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    cool!! thanks for the heads up :)
  8. penter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2006
    Does anyone know if VideoMonkey is 64-bit?

    edit: nvm. I tried VideoMonkey and it was really buggy. Plus, it doesn't seem to be 64-bit Handbrake is well-written, and really puts the the double quad cores in the computers at my school to work! It takes no more than 10 minutes to encode a decent sized movie.

    edit 2: actually, the 10 minutes was for the first (turbo) pass. the second pass is estimated at 20 minutes. still quite fast.
  9. ehunt123 macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2009
    Depending on your video needs, the situation is a little complex.

    I do work with WMV videos for webcasting and typically have to export from raw DV (mac is great here) to various other formats, thankfully rmv is no more.

    Here are the tools I use besides a mixture of foundation/cli apps:

    1.) need flip4mac for any wmv support - not much around this beyond using mplayer/ffmpeg/mencoder to export around this. On 10.6, a mt lib compiled for it (see the new mplayer forks) can help here but you're gonna be in the cli.

    2.) I still use VisualHub for anything not requiring WMV or a QuickTime Codec.

    Rest of the time, it is QuickTime 7 and/or MPEGStreamClip (free):

    3.) There are a series of xvid/x264 codecs by a Japanese developer on the usual sites and they're amazing—sometimes overwhelming. Apple's Pro codecs are nice but as I've optimized settings for the bitrates we offer in a workflow, using mutlipass/some tricks suggested by his documentation and read, not only is the encoding faster but it is usually better. I am basing this off my own experience and with the amount of options available via the codecs (handbrake offers maybe 30% of these).

    DVD: HandBrake — it rocks.

    Yeah, this is not ideal but the only solution I see replacing all of these is Episode by the folks who make Flip4mac.

    I'm sure more users will share some useful tidbits here so you're gonna have to cherrypick a solution here.
  10. waffles123 macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2009
    It's not 64-bit, but Evom is very good. Personally, I think it's better than videomonkey.

    (From their website):

  11. virtuosity macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2008
    Manchester, UK

    I was going to start my own thread, but this is so similar

    I am looking to take AVI files and convert them to a DVD format ready for playing in a DVD player. (Either an 4.7GB ISO file containing the classic VIDEO_TS folder / VOB file structure etc) or obviously directly burn to DVD

    I too have been using Visual Hub since it was launched as 1) it's so easy to use and ultra-reliable, 2) it's free - and 3) it just lets me do other / whatever format I choose (including specifically for my iPod Touch) - stitch videos together etc. I absolutely loved that app - but, yes, as another poster pointed out, since Snow Leopard, it just does not work effectively any more...

    I tried Video Monkey - but this is still buggy, and does not support any format other than standard iTunes format at the moment

    I can use Handbrake for converting to other formats - but, again, this does not support DVD

    Evom? No. MPEG Streamclip? No.

    Someone referred me to ffmpeg - but I cannot even understand the website. When I did work out how to download the file, and install it, I couldn't understand how to use it - absolutely horrible app with a horrid interface that you need to be a mac developer just to understand how to use it...

    Just wondered what other people used for creating DVD's using AVI files - need a simple interface cos other people in my family want to use it as well - but am I missing something????
  12. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    You need Roxio Toast. You should also check to see if you DVD player supports DIVX. If so, you could just author a data disc. Many of the newer players do and you wouldn’t have to convert your DIVX AVI files to MPEG-2.
  13. virtuosity macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2008
    Manchester, UK
    yeh - good shout - forgot that...

  14. coocooforcocoap macrumors 6502


    Sep 22, 2007
    kathmandu, nepal

    I started using this recently but no idea if its 64 bit or not. Seems to work well and has a nice interface (also just 50 bucks). I also use compressor for my own work...

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