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VisualHub is dead, long live HandBrake!

Posted on October 5th, 2008 by Neil Crosby. Filed under Uncategorized.

I’ve been a big fan of VisualHub for about a year now, and before that I was just as much a fan of iSquint, the video encoding software from Techspansion. I’d paid for the software, talked about it at BarCamps, and generally evangelised about it whenever anyone asked what was good for re-encoding video. And now it’s dead.

Yesterday Tyler Loch, the creator of VisualHub, posted a “software update” which said that “After much soul-searching (it’s not you, it’s me), for personal reasons, Techspansion is closing its virtual doors”. The software was no longer available for download and so far there’s been no further explanation as to why this has happened.

There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth since the announcement. People have been asking for VisualHub to be Open Sourced and released to the community. Others, like me, would be happy for now if we could just download the final version of the software that was available before the decision was made. Some people (again, I’m in the category) are thinking that Tyler has been getting some pressure from the licence holders of the internally used CODECs.

Whatever the actual situation though, the outcome for now is the same – there is no way for a new user to start using VisualHub. All is not lost though, because it looks like HandBrake is going to step in where VisualHub left off, with the introduction of Universal Input Suuport in HandBrake 0.9.3 Snapshot Build 3, essentially allowing re-encoding of anything, not just DVDs. Obviously it’s not release ready yet, but it sounds like in time it should be able to take over where VisualHub left off. Plus, it’s Open Source, and what’s not to like about that?

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One Response to “VisualHub is dead, long live HandBrake!”

  1. Here here. This was a great program that I used pretty much every day. I don’t know what I’m going to do now. Hopefully handbrake does the trick soon. But I hadn’t upgraded VH recently and would really like to download the most updated version. Either he’s being pressured to shutdown completely or it was a momentarily lapse of reason.

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