If you have an Apple TV or just encode a lot of video, like me, I’m sure you were saddened when VisualHub went the way of the dodo. Recently however, it looks like there might be something good coming out of the situation.
Techspansion, the folks behind VisualHub, have decided to open source all three of their applications in addition to one that was never released. Each application will receive a new name however. The unreleased application and iSquint have already been open sourced. iSquint is now named PunyVid. VisualHub and AudialHub will be released at a later date.
FilmRedux is the name of the unreleased application. As you can see from the screenshot above, it looks very similar to VisualHub. You can learn more about the project and download the source code from the project website on SourceForge. Here’s a shortcut to the source code repository.
It’s going to be interesting to see what becomes of the code. I’m hoping the open source community will create something even better than VisualHub. Thanks to Techspansion for releasing the code!
I was recently on a business trip and one of my coworkers decided to buy an iPod Classic while we were at the Birmingham Apple Store. The next day he was looking to put some content on his iPod. In addition to a few songs on his laptop, he also had some videos he converted to avi files some time ago. He didn’t know how to get those videos on his iPod though. That’s when I thought of iSquint.
iSquint is a simple tool for converting videos to an iPod compatible format. As the screenshot below shows, it’s very easy to start converting video. Just drag a file into the application window, choose your optimization format and quality, and click start. If you selected the “Add to iTunes” checkbox, your video will be added to iTunes when it’s done converting. Sync your iPod and it will be transferred to it. It really is that simple. If you’re looking to put video on your iPod, iSquint is a great tool.
iSquint is available free of charge from Techspansion. iSquint is the little brother of VisualHub, the fantastic video conversion tool that I frequently use to add content to my Apple TV.