I had a chance to spend some time with the full version of the AppleTV Video Converter that I mentioned a few days ago.
The Interface is pretty straight forward, and within a click or two, whatever you’re trying to convert to AppleTV will up and encoding. The program has a few default settings to make everything as simple as can be, but you can tweek it a little bit as well, if you want to adjust the settings more to your liking.
When I decided to test the speed of the program, I decided not to do a traditional “benchmark” test. I opted, instead, to do a more real world test, so you could see exactly how long you were looking at a video taking to convert to AppleTV format.
So I took a 58 minute file and started the encoding process at 8:57 pm. While it was working in the background I continued to blog, check email, surf the web, and instant message. I didn’t try to run Photoshop or anything, just light, casual computer use.
The file finished up at 10:39 pm. So, all in all, it took about 1:42 minutes to convert from Divx AVI to H.264. Since I was working on other things, the time passed quickly, and I don’t have any real complaints about the software. It does what it says it will do. iSquint (and I don’t mean to rag on iSquint, this was just my experience) took that same amount of time, or longer, and produced a choppy file that I couldn’t watch.
AppleTV Video Converter, on the other hand, produced a flawless file that is as good as the source video. I’m very pleased with the Apple TV Video Converter, and I hope to test out some of the other video encoder programs in the next few weeks so that I can compare them all to let you know what the best solution would be in getting your Divx files onto your AppleTV (ya know…without cracking it open and hacking it to just play Divx files).
Click Here to try out AppleTV Video Converter