VisualHub – Pick of the Week

January 20, 2008

Pick of the Week is my way of highlighting cool/new services and software on the web or the Mac. A few Windows applications might sneak in from time to time, but it will be rare. You can find an archive of services and software at

This week I share a program that I have been using for awhile now to convert video from one format to another.  VisualHub is able to take a video in pretty much any format and send it to something else.  This includes taking AVI files and sending them to iPod and PSP format, DVDs to AVI or iPod, etc.  Just this evening I helped Rebekah convert some old ballet videos so she can watch them on the iPod. When converting to iPod format, it even is able to put it right into iTunes for you.

The other thing it does is allow you to convert any of the video types to Tivo format.  It also comes with a plug-in for the TivoToGo program that allows you to move video back to the Tivo.  This makes it easy to watch downloaded videos on the Tivo instead of the computer.   It even allows you to burn a DVD of videos directly from VisualHub after it converts the files.

While the program is not free (it costs $23.32), it was well worth the price as upgrades are free and they are adding new features fairly regularly.  If you ever have to convert video files on the Mac, this is the program to use.