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Linux video conversion using mencoder

Feb 17, 2009, 06:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Razvan T. Coloja)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"I used to launch mencoder strings years ago when I needed movies that would play nicely on my PocketPC, now I use it to convert movies for my iPod Touch or simply convert a YouTube video from Flash to something playable with any video player.

"Be it MPEG/VOB, AVI, ASF/WMA/WMV, RM, QT/MOV/MP4, Ogg/OGM, MKV, VIVO, FLI or FLV, mencoder can turn it into something else, resize it, amplify the volume, compress the video part or append it to a second one. Let's see what mencoder can do with a few simple options.

"mencoder video.mpg -o video.avi -ovc lavc -oac lavc

"The above command will turn a MPG file into an AVI file. The -ovc and -oac options represent the video and audio codecs you can use. To find out what codecs you can currently use, do a

"mencoder -ovc help

"for video and a

"mencoder -oac help"

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