Vidalin
Vidalin 2.0.7
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  • Vidalin has been discontinued
  • Developer
    Bryan Hutson
Vidalin... Designed for use with the newest generation Apple TV, iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone, Vidalin allows you to add titles, descriptions, actors, movie poster art, ratings, etc. to your favorite movies or TV shows. Version 2 now includes video encoding and extremely accurate lookup and tagging... all in one step.
What's New
Version 2.0.7:
  • Various bugs squashed and general stability improvement.
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

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ver. 2.x:
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MParrish reviewed on 20 May 2011
Was checking in to see if this software was still being supported, since I haven't seen a update lately.

Great software!!

Sorry to hear that not many people donated (I Did!). Looking forward to added features bug squashing...
[Version 2.0.6]

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The Hutson Group (developer) replied on 20 Jan 2012
[From Developer]
I'm still supporting Vidalin, but I'm not in any particular rush.
Because I continue to use it myself on a daily basis, I'll periodically update the code and squash a few bugs here and there in order to make life a bit easier.
I just uploaded version 2.0.7 which squashes some really annoying crashes when TagChimp servers are tied up.
9 out of 10 crashes in Vidalin are related to bizarre errors when external-information servers (TagChimp, Yahoo, etc.) serve up bogus results and Vidalin rolls over and vomits, rather than gracefully handling the gibberish. Version 2.0.7 goes a long way to fix some of these issues.
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rvandervest reviewed on 18 May 2011
Great Software!

However it crashes frequently for me...

Also there appears to be a TREMENDOUS loss of picture quality when converting HD files...

Any help on this?!?!

I have 5-8 gb files that are being converted down to 1-2 GB.. The picture no longer even looks HD.
:(
[Version 2.0.6]

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The Hutson Group (developer) replied on 20 Jan 2012
[From Developer]
Vidalin is performing two necessary things in order to get your Blu-ray videos converted properly:
(1) The videos you're encoding are being converted from HD 1080p (Blu-ray) to HD 720p (Apple TV, Apple TV 2, iPad compatible). These settings are clearly marked in the conversion info panel in the middle of Vidalin's window.
(2) The videos must be compressed below 2 GB total file size in order for Apple TV 1 and iPad to be able to play them. You'll note that all iTunes-purchased HD content falls within this 2 GB size limitation.
The picture is definitely HD 720p, though. Run the video side by side with a 480i SD video and you'll see a massive difference in clarity and quality.
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The Hutson Group (developer) commented on 01 May 2011
[From Developer]
After careful consideration of my time constraints, I've decided to no longer develop Vidalin in its current publicly-released form. To the few individuals who took the time to donate, please accept my many thanks. As I work to improve Vidalin and rewrite many of its core components for greater speed and stability, I will be emailing those who donated and giving them an opportunity to download the newer non-public release version when it's ready.
This will accomplish my own goal of reducing the time and energy overhead associated with posting software on services like MacUpdate, as well as keeping my word to continue to provide updates to those who have graciously donated since Vidalin's initial release.
If Vidalin *does* end up making a return to MacUpdate, it will be released as a feature-limited version that will require purchase to unlock it's full potential. The "free and please donate if it's useful" software release model is an abject failure, in my experience. Vidalin has been downloaded 6,900 times with a high overall rating, yet I've received 27 donations.
[Version 2.0.6]


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Zignice reviewed on 28 Dec 2010
I was very excited when I found this software. Worked perfectly on a file I ripped with Handbrake. However; when I try to rip a DVD it always crashes.

And Now it won't even tag files already ripped. It looks up everything fine, but when I try to save I just get a never ending status bar saying it is saving. The first one I did took about a minute. The current save has been running for about 15 minutes and does not appear to be doing anything.
[Version 2.0.6]

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The Hutson Group (developer) replied on 04 Feb 2011
[From Developer]
DVDs and Blu-ray discs must be de-encrypted and saved to your hard drive via another application (like MakeMKV) prior to encoding and tagging them with Vidalin.

I'm aware of the occasional 'hang on save' issue. It seems to be caused by AtomicParsley (the underlying tagging engine) choking horribly on file name characters every so often. I'm trying to compile a list of characters that cause AP to fall over and replace them prior to file saving. That should fix the issue... hopefully.
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Owine commented on 21 Nov 2010
Love this program but have been having some annoying issues. Certain TV shows that are in TheTVDB but not necessarily in Netflix are unable to be tagged. Additionally, certain shows that are in Netflix do not allow me to select an episode from the drop down menu which prevents me from tagging the show. I have also been having issues with multiple files where I end up with the wrong tags on a video file (though it may be writing different tags to the same video file and creating multiple copies with different tags). These issues have forced me to use VideoMonkey for tagging although I would happily switch back and donate (or even pay for the program) if these are fixed.
[Version 2.0.6]

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The Hutson Group (developer) replied on 28 Nov 2010
[From Developer]
That's an interesting issue I haven't come across. If you could click on the Feedback button within Vidalin and email me additional details about the particular shows that are causing problems, I'll use them as test cases to iron out the bug as quickly as possible.
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Razerrazer reviewed on 31 Oct 2010
Hello!

This app is just excellent, but when I try to tag a TV show, always a message pops up, that it can't connect with thetvdb.com. If you would fix that, I would give you the fifth star and a little donation of course.
[Version 2.0.6]

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The Hutson Group (developer) replied on 10 Nov 2010
[From Developer]
That's unusual. I'll definitely take a look and see if there is anything I can do within Vidalin to shed some light on the issue. Try going to your user Application Support folder (inside your Library folder) and completely deleting the Vidalin 2 folder. V2 will happily create a fresh one the next time you launch it. Unsure if it will make a difference, but worth a try until I can track down any coding issues.
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Cptlapidus commented on 27 Oct 2010
I really like the Handbrake integration in Vidalin, BUT:

do you use the 64 bit version?

Converting a TV show with Vidalin vs. Handbrake (standalone):
Vidalin takes 32 minutes
Handbrake takes only 25 minutes
[Version 2.0.6]

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The Hutson Group (developer) replied on 10 Nov 2010
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The current version of Vidalin has the 32-bit version embedded within it. I was having a large number of bug reports involving crashes when users' computers tried to initialize Handbrake 0.9.4 (64-bit).
The good news is that Vidalin will happily load and use HB 0.9.4 (64). All you have to do is download it (be sure and download the CLI version) from the Handbrake.fr website and replace the embedded Handbrake within Vidalin's application bundle with the downloaded version. Be sure to name the new embedded Handbrake exactly the same as the old removed one within the application bundle.
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Scotty2shots commented on 24 Oct 2010
The download link appears to point to 2.0.2 rather than 2.0.6 - the version with no drag-and-drop and no .avi compatibility. Intentional?
[Version 2.0.6]

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MacUpdate-Warren replied on 24 Oct 2010
Corrected the listing info. Thank you.
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The Hutson Group (developer) replied on 26 Oct 2010
[From Developer]
Proper link fixed to 2.0.6... as was originally intended. Note to MacUpdate: Contact the developer before down-versioning software because of a misdirected link. Thanks, Bryan.
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Snaporaz commented on 14 Oct 2010
very buggy this new version... crashes constantly.
[Version 2.0.6]

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The Hutson Group (developer) replied on 26 Oct 2010
[From Developer]
I apologize for any problems you're having with Vidalin. Please send a report using the built-in bug reporter and I'll see what I can do to fix any issues you're seeing.
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Kangaroos commented on 08 Oct 2010
Very good software. But need rating for other country than US. I'm french, i want use parental control but i need to insert french rating in my movies.

If you want I have Atom code, you can contact me.
[Version 2.0.6]

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The Hutson Group (developer) replied on 26 Oct 2010
[From Developer]
Sounds like a great suggestion. I'll see what I can do for a near future release.
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License:Free
Date:20 Jan 2012
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
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Vidalin... Designed for use with the newest generation Apple TV, iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone, Vidalin allows you to add titles, descriptions, actors, movie poster art, ratings, etc. to your favorite movies or TV shows. Version 2 now includes video encoding and extremely accurate lookup and tagging... all in one step.


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