Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I recently purchased one of the Kodak Playsport cameras which takes 720p video @ 60 frames per second.

The video quality is great but the files are rather large for uploading to Youtube (about 150 Megs per minute of video). The files are output as Quicktime MOV files.

My question is:

Is there a command line tool that allows me to shrink the video down to a lower resolution/size for quicker uploading? I'm thinking something like imagemagick's convert but for video.

Thanks, Alex

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 6 down vote accepted

There are a number video transcoders that you could use to covert mov files to different formats suitable for uploading. Handbreak is a popular one that has both a GUI and command-line version (handbrake-gtk or handbrake-cli). To use Handbreak on Ubuntu, you need to add a PPA:

https://edge.launchpad.net/~handbrake-ubuntu/+archive/ppa

I personally like, transmageddon which is a GUI app with nice simple pre-sets. It's available in the archives.

transmageddon

Another option is arista, another GUI transcoder available in the archives. In fact, it is a "Featured Application" in Ubuntu Software Center.

ffmpeg is another command line option that offers a lot of flexibility but can be a bit complex.

share|improve this answer
    
Good answer. I totally forgot about ffmpeg although both of the gui based apps look good too. –  alexpotato Oct 5 '10 at 12:48
    
WinFF is a front end to ffmpeg and it converts anything to anything. –  Richard Holloway Oct 5 '10 at 15:17

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.