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9 Essential Free Linux Transcoders

Apr 16, 2012, 15:01 (0 Talkback[s])

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"There are many reasons to transcode media files. Some popular examples include the ability to convert files so that they are supported on a target device, and at the same time removing commercials, and reducing the file size. Whilst transcoding is a very CPU intensive task, modern processors such as the AMD Phenom X4 and Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors offer impressive conversion rates provided the transcoding software supports multi-core architectures.

"There is a good range of open source software available on the Linux platform for transcoding digital data. One application not featured in this article but is worthy of a mention is Transmageddon. This video transcoder is built using the pipeline-based multimedia framework, GStreamer. Transmageddon is in an early stage of development.

"This article highlights the finest open source transcoding applications for Linux. Individuals that are interested in making digital media available for playback on mobile phones, or make frequent use of Home Theatre software will find transcoding software to be invaluable. Transcoding helps to ensure there is universal access of multimedia content."

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