I need a good video converter application that can convert from/to many video formats. On Windows I found Format Factory to be good. I would like its equivalent or something better on Ubuntu.
There are at least four video converters you can try:
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
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:
It also provide the support for the GStreamer's plugins auto-search.
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 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.
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.
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;
Install FF Multi Converter in Ubuntu
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ffmulticonverter/stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ffmulticonverter
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 :)
Xilisoft Video Converter
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.
As much as I like using mencoder and ffmpeg, I'm finding VLC to be the Swiss army knife of video conversions.
I really like Vidrop, for me it's the best video converter, fast, with a simple or advance interface depending of your requirements.