I apologize to anyone who took offense to my use of such strong language in my criticism of this software and its developer. Sometimes I get stuck in a linguistic mode in which nothing but superlatives will suffice, and it is then that I am the dumbest, meanest, and most useless commentator. I especially apologize to the developer, who is obviously a person of good intent, and who clearly has much greater skill than I in the creation of software.
Having said that (and truly meant it), here is my review of VideoVangelist (from memory) that disappeared from this site for reasons unknown, plus an update. The MacUpdate moderator asked that I submit a constructive review of this app rather than the stupid vitriol I issued earlier. In part, my last comments were in reaction to what I thought was unfair removal of an earlier review of VideoVangelist I posted here in February, but the review probably disappeared because of my own technological stupidity rather than editorial malice. Anyway, here is a description of my experiences with this app, which seem to track pretty closely with others' here.
Around Feb. 8, 2009, I installed VideoVangelist 1.2 and its libraries -- installing the libraries was against my better judgement because the installer did not include an uninstaller (it still doesn't), and now those libraries lurk without purpose somewhere on my hard drive. (If possible, could the developer please post instructions on how to remove them?). I setup an H.264 2-pass encode at "best" quality on a 2.07 MB MPEG-4 .mov file. Right off the bat mencoder crashed. Why was VV using mencoder on an H.264 file anyway? There are much more efficient means to decode/re-encode H.264. I thought that perhaps the libraries' installation had somehow gone awry, so I reinstalled them. However, the app crashed 4 more times before I finally got it to work its way way through the whole 90-second movie, then it unceremoniously finished. The 2 MB movie of my 3-year-old son playing the harmonica -- a file that played without problem in every movie app on my then-new 2.4 GHz Intel MacBook with 4 GB of RAM running OS 10.5.6 -- had been converted into a 34 MB file that was unplayable by the latest versions of VLC, Chroma, QTAmateur, Movist, MPlayer OSEx Extended, and QuickTime 7.6 with Perian. Thank goodness I had the foresight to uncheck the "Overwrite existing output files" setting which, when I first started up the app, was selected by default! I uninstalled VV, reinstalled it and the libraries, then tried converting several different filetypes into several other formats, with no success at all.
Then today with the new version 1.5 -- 19 iterations after version 1.2 -- I tried to do the same things on both my MacBook and my Intel iMac, all at the "best" quality setting, and I got the mencoder crash again several times and none of those conversions worked. I did get a .wmv to .avi conversion to work, but the resulting .avi was noticeably of much poorer quality than the original.
I am convinced that ROBOTANK, myself and others who have criticized the developer's refusal to test VideoVangelist on ANY Intel Macs have identified VideoVangelist's biggest problem. I think it is impeding the developer's progress and probably wasting his time. The app simply does not work on Intel Macs (at least not mine, ROBOTANK's, and others'), and his comment [below] on May 6 flies in the face of just about every Mac developer's experience: "The app does work. I have two PowerPC computers in my house and I test everything on both. Numerous tests are fun on all kinds of media and I wouldn't release anything unless I found it worked. I have only received a handful of issues over the life of the app. Having an intel mac or non intel mac makes no difference, it's the OS that is consistent between both processors. Since I only have the two PowerPC macs and all the tests I run work out, I release the app assuming that OS X is the same on PowerPC as on Intel." - This is the root of VideoVangelist's problem. It does not work on Intel Macs, and the developer refuses to test it on one to confirm that.
I'm sorry that I must give VV such a bad rating, but I vigorously tested it on 2 different Intel Macs and failed to get it to work even once, unless you count the very poor quality conversion mentioned above. I am moderately well skilled at using several free, shareware and even a couple of high end commercial video applications, including VisualHub (VV's forebear) and now FilmRedux and TranscoderRedux (both VisualHub's progeny), so it's not a competency issue. It just won't work.