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I like to watch flv videos during downtimes using my ipad. Whats a good tool for converting video files and then tossing them onto the ipad. Primarily I've grabbed a few flv tutorials off you tube. I know ffmpeg can do the transform, but it's got one of those "needs a phd in video" to sort out...

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Try:

These can all be found in the Ubuntu Software Centre.

EDIT: Arista is probably the best of these as it has a preset for the ipad.

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I find that MediaCoder works quite well for video transcoding. It has presets for iPod/iPad and runs just fine under Wine.

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Hands down best video encoder. Handbrake.

Handbrake is not available from the repositories. You can install it from a ppa though:

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Handbrake is not available from the repositories. You can install it from a ppa though: <launchpad.net/~handbrake-ubuntu/+archive/ppa>; –  dv3500ea Aug 17 '10 at 20:14
    
In my experience, the version in the regular PPA doesn't work on Lucid: the "Start" button is grayed out. Use the more recent snapshots instead: ppa:stebbins/handbrake-snapshots. –  loevborg Aug 18 '10 at 8:58

Once you have the codecs installed, you just need to learn one ffmpeg command to re-encode your videos:

ffmpeg -i in.flv -vcodec libx264 -acodec libfaac -sameq out.mp4

For help with codecs, I recommend this useful page at Ubuntu help.

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