I download videos in mp4 or flv format but I need to convert them to mpeg 1/2/3 so that I can watch them on my special gadget.
I think I need a program.
any suggestion thanks
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There are many good video Converters wich can run CLI or GUI.
I advise you to give a try to transmageddon.
To install just:
sudo apt-get install transmageddon
In the output field you can specify MPEG4.
Another pretty easy to use is Handbrake
To install in ubuntu:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install handbrake
I use Arista Video Transcoder on Ubuntu. Though not highly rated, it is very good for video conversion. I use it to convert videos to match PSP's supported framerate and it does the job just fine. Most of the other prominent ones strip the quality while converting to a lower resolution, but Arista maintains the quality even when stepping the resolution down to that of a mobile device's.