VisualHub converts AVI for Apple TV and makes a much bigger file than iSquint?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by M. Malone, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. M. Malone macrumors 6502a

    M. Malone

    Mar 11, 2004

    Basically I have been using iSquint to convert some movies to work for Apple TV.

    I downloaded the movie Zeitgeist Final Edition, a DVD rip, (it's legal and is openly being distributed over torrents)

    The file size is 700MB in it's original AVI form,

    Now I took this video and converted it to MP4 to work on Apple TV, using iSquint, to optimize for TV, and Go nuts feature, the file grew to 1.26 gigs. It plays fine on Apple TV.

    I then try testing Visual Hub which is supposed to be better and have more features. I also use similar settings, "go nuts" "optimize for Apple TV"

    The file comes out to be 3.24 Gigs!

    I don't understand this, why does it make it to big, and I'm not sure I see a quality difference between the two :confused:
  2. peterdevries macrumors 68040


    Feb 22, 2008
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    I'm not a visualhub expert, but it might be that the bitrate of the resulting file is higher than the source. In this case a higher bitrate doesn't increase quality. Try setting the output bitrate to the same as the input file and it will probably be lower.
  3. LinMac macrumors 65816

    Oct 28, 2007
    Try Handbrake 0.9.3. I've been seeing more and more errors with VisualHub as the ffmpeg binary it uses ages compared to the updated Handbrake software.

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