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I recorded an OGV screencast in GTK-RecordMyDesktop that seems to play back differently in different players (and YouTube doesn't seem to understand the video stream at all -- it just displays a green blob). When I try to use ffmpeg to transcode the OGV to OGV the video races to the last frame in the first few milliseconds. However, Totem plays the video back fine.

So, my question is: is there a way to use the Totem decoder (which I know understands the OGV file properly) to transcode the video through ffmpeg? That would presumably repair it. Thanks!

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Thou shall not transcode as it is a sin to do so! – Anonymous Nov 8 '11 at 20:07
Well... I'm trying to make something that I can upload to YouTube. Tryeth as I might, surely avoidance of excessive bandwidth usage is not a sin? – cdleary Nov 8 '11 at 20:57
No, uploading low-quality transcoded videos with visual and aural distortion is a sin. Spend some time to upload high quality content and others will be thankful. – Anonymous Nov 10 '11 at 21:44

I installed Transmageddon and it was able to transcode to a WebM video that I could upload through YouTube. I guess Transmageddon uses the same codec set that Totem does. (GStreamer?)

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GStreamer is a multimedia framework, not a codec. – Anonymous Nov 10 '11 at 21:45

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