VisualHub

By | October 30, 2008

VisualHub iPod video softwareDownloading and installing VisualHub is officially a web scavenger hunt now that it’s “abandonware” – “computer software that is no longer sold or supported, or whose copyright ownership may be unclear for various reasons” – Wikipedia

Techspansion Closed - R.I.P

Many are claiming that VisualHub is now open source, (freely downloadable programming code hosted at SourceForge.net that can be used to build a working program), but, this is not true.

What has been released as open source code is not VisualHub, but a mish mash of code that compiles into a transcoder that… doesn’t actually work.  None of the blame lies at Techspansion for this sensationalism, it’s the various “tech sites” that are hyping this.

In theory it’s great that Techspansion has opened up some random AppleScript code that others can pick up to start building a transcoder to try and replace VisualHub.  In practice, TranscoderRedux, the name of this open source project, is 100% useless for about 99% of the population that simply wants to put videos on their iPods with ease. And with little doubt, the timeline of the project producing anything close to VisualHub is at least a year away.  Many cooks in a unorganized kitchen rarely produces spectacular software on short notice.

I’m not sure why VisualHub wasn’t turned into donationware or freeware like NewsFire did a while back.  At least that way people could still benefit from all the effort that was put into VisualHub, cram ungodly amounts of video onto mobile devices like iPods and iPhones, which puts development pressure on hardware producers (like Apple) to increase the capabilities of their hardware to serve the growing market.  Letting people flounder around with poor substitutes to VisualHub (iSquint excluded) just slows the eventual progress of the mobile video market, letting the weaker offerings survive to see another online day.

Perhaps the true programming code behind VisualHub is up for sale?  If that were true, those putting time into TranscoderRedux would be mighty disappointed…


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8 thoughts on “VisualHub

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  3. James Madley

    Here’s what the website says.

    The source code for two of the projects (one you haven’t seen yet, and will hopefully really like) are now online.
    I’ll get the other two [VisualHub and AudialHub] online a little later.

    So they are coming. It would take a while for any project to be moved online. I know to put all my stuff online in a useful way would take a few days of good hard work.

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  4. Ben

    FilmRedux was supposed to be VisualHub 2. And PunyVid [b]is[/b] iSquint! If you want a “alternative” to VisualHub and iSquint… Im working on it. I made alot of changes to PunyVid (iSquint) and i’m trying to figure out the other formats… follow my website (filmredux.inmyclan.com) and download the latest!

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  6. Jamison

    The last word I heard on this project is that it is still being worked on. That was back in January.

    Is there an update available?

    -J

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  7. Richard

    I’m wondering the same as Jamison (nearly a year later!) – what ever happened to this? I still haven’t found anything as good as Visualhub, but I’m not too confident it’s going to be usable after Lion. When the developer put out the Lion patch last summer, it sounded like that was the end of it.

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  8. Coger Hormel

    just ran visualhub to convert and stitch together 5 video files. nearly 10 years as abandonware and I still use it.
    i’ve updated its version of ffmpeg a couple of times now and run it under mavericks with no problem.
    still haven’t found anything as fast or easy.

    I know this is a 10 year old post but that’s kind of my point.

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