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I need a good video converter software that can convert many video formats from one ot the other. On Windows I found Format Factory to be good. I would like its equivalent or something better on Ubuntu.

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I found that question by dropping: convert video [software-recommendation] in the search bar. the brackets say search for things tagged as. the others are keywords –  hbdgaf Apr 7 '12 at 5:25
    
Everybody likes ConvertMe! gnome-look.org/content/show.php/ConvertMe!?content=153277 –  Naveen Sep 3 '12 at 8:09
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I have found that Format Factory works well in WINE. I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 with WINE 1.4, so I don't know how well FF would run in a different environment. The only problem with it is that it will crash after every conversion you make, but all your files will be in the output folder and you can just start it right back up to do another conversion if you need to. –  nicktrip Nov 29 '12 at 22:23
    
some solutions here are a bit outdated –  cipricus Feb 25 '13 at 21:36
    
I found this resource to be helpful. real.com/resources/video-converter-software With so much software available, it helped answer some of my questions as to not only what to be looking for in a video converter but also what to be looking for to suite my individual needs. –  user159284 May 16 '13 at 16:10
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There are at least four video converters you can try:

  1. arista Install arista
  2. transmageddon Install transmageddon
  3. ConvertMe!
  4. Handbrake

Arista is a basic converter which you can add new conversion types to through there web site which will give you a new script which you can install adding the new conversion type.

Transmageddon is the development version of arista which gives you the option to choose your specific encoding preferences in the program interface.

ConvertMe! is a very user friendly new frontend for FFmpeg. It comes with widly used presets and gives you a preview of the conversation progress. ConvertMe, intergrates with your Nautilus file manager allowing you to rightclick on an any video file and convert it instantly. View screenshot

Handbrake has a limited number of output formats including mp4 and mkv but there are many more options available and a good description of what these options will do however handbrake is not in the software centre and you will need to add it by adding a PPA* which can be found at launchpad.

The ppa can be added through the software sources dialogue described here

ppa:stebbins/handbrake-snapshots
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still the best solutions? –  cipricus Feb 25 '13 at 21:15
    
As far as I know what were you thinking of converting? –  Allan Mar 7 '13 at 2:11
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Transmageddon

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Transmageddon supports almost any format as its input and can generate a very large host of output files. The goal of the application was to help people to create the files they need to be able to play on their mobile devices and for people not hugely experienced with multimedia to generate a multimedia file without having to resort to command line tools with ungainly syntaxes.

The currently supported codecs are:

Containers:

  • Ogg
  • Matroska

  • AVI

  • MPEG TS

  • flv

  • QuickTime

  • MPEG4

  • 3GPP

  • MXT

Audio encoders:

  • Vorbis

  • FLAC

  • MP3

  • AAC

  • AC3

  • Speex

  • Celt

Video encoders:

  • Theora

  • Dirac

  • H264

  • MPEG2

  • MPEG4/DivX5

  • xvid

  • DNxHD

It also provide the support for the GStreamer's plugins auto-search.

Winff

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WinFF is a graphical user interface for FFmpeg. It will convert almost any video file that FFmpeg will convert. WinFF does multiple files in multiple formats at one time. You can, for example, convert mpeg's, flv's, and mov's into avi's (or DVD/VCD format or MPEG or 3gp etc.) all at once.

This package provides a variety of preset conversion settings for common formats and devices. These presets are intended to hit the "sweet spot" for each individual codec. They have been written with a tip of the balance to quality.

Arista

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Arista is a simple multimedia transcoder, it focuses on being easy to use by making complex task of encoding for various devices simple.

Users should pick an input and a target device, choose a file to save to and go. Features:

Presets for iPod, computer, DVD player, PSP, Playstation 3, and more.
Live preview to see encoded quality.
Automatically discover available DVD media and Video 4 Linux (v4l) devices.
Rip straight from DVD media easily (requires libdvdcss).
Rip straight from v4l devices.
Simple terminal client for scripting.
Automatic preset updating.
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thanks for information –  Mughil Apr 7 '12 at 5:57
    
Where is the option to convert to 3gp in WinFF? When I select Mobile Phones, it is only converting to audio. The preset has only audio. –  Sai Manoj Kumar Yadlapati May 5 '13 at 8:58
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I suggest you to give a try to both FFmpeg and/or Mencoder.

They are very powerful in the sense that you may be able to convert any format in any other format. You can also very extensively fine tune the settings for your codec.

They seem to be mostly suited to run through command-line, but :

1) Ready-to-use scripts can easily be found on the web

2) Some GUI exists to make their use easier. (I know WINFF for FFmpeg and Handbrake, as mentionned by Allan, is also a GUI for FFmpeg)

3) You may find interesting and funny to learn their specific languages and moreover, if you encounter troubles in adjusting some settings with the more user-friendly one, they might be the one which will work for you due the huge variety of their settings.

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Proabably the easiest to use is avidemux. It has an intuitive graphical interface and can do lots of simple tasks, like convert, cut scenes etc.

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I found Mobile Media Converter (mmc) a truly handy tool, both on Windows as well as Ubuntu. It supports many audio/video formats and supports many mobile or hand-held devices too. You can found the required version on http://www.miksoft.net/mobileMediaConverterDown.htm Hope this answered your requirement :)

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thank you.will sure give them a try –  neo Feb 24 '11 at 12:41
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Even when I also suggest Mobile Media Converter, it won't work in a 64 bit system. They haven't dropped a 64 bit version of this excellent software. However, I upvoted you Chandan. –  Geppettvs D'Constanzo Apr 15 '11 at 17:59
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It works just fine on 64 bit systems (ia32-libs). –  Cumulus007 Sep 3 '12 at 8:16
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Xilisoft Video Converter

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There is no such Video conversion tool for Ubuntu except some but they didn't work for your iphone, blackberry, or Android devices. so what i did i install Wine from Ubuntu software center and then i download & install Xilisoft video converter its a window program but works Great with wine in Ubuntu and its Supports all the formats of video file. so until now this is the only way to convert the video into other formats i.e., Avi, Mp4 (h.264), 3gp, and all other popular video formats are supported by Xilisoft so used it and Enjoy. Thanks.

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As much as I like using mencoder and ffmpeg, I'm finding VLC to be the Swiss army knife of video conversions.

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I agree. After running around in circles, dabbling with avconv, and even trying online converters, I finally was able to convert FLV to MP4 using VLC and the system is so user-friendly, just like Ubuntu is. –  Sri Jan 14 '13 at 6:03
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I really like Vidrop, for me it's the best video converter, fast, with a simple or advance interface depending of your requirements.

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Convert Audio, Video Files With FF Multi Converter

FF Multi Converter supports the following formats:

audio/video: aac, ac3, afc, aiff, amr, asf, au, avi, dvd, flac, flv, mka, mkv, mmf, mov, mp3, mp4, mpg, ogg, ogv, psp, rm, spx, vob, wav, webm, wma, wmv;

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Install FF Multi Converter in Ubuntu

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ffmulticonverter/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ffmulticonverter

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