i want to convert my movies to avi xvid with the frame size 700x292 so that i can watch it on my tv.But i don't know which software in ubuntu will help me.I tried arista transcoder but it does not have the option to resize the frame.


You have to install ffmpeg and its GUI application called WinFF

For compehensive use, you need to install it with following command:

sudo apt-get install ffmpeg ffmpeg-doc libav-tools winff winff-doc winff-gtk2 checkinstall yasm texi2html libfaac-dev libmp3lame-dev libopencore-amrnb-dev libopencore-amrwb-dev libsdl1.2-dev libtheora-dev libvorbis-dev libx11-dev libxfixes-dev libxvidcore-dev zlib1g-dev frei0r-plugins-dev libdc1394-22 libdc1394-22-dev libgsm1 libgsm1-dev libopenjpeg-dev libschroedinger-1.0-0 libschroedinger-dev libschroedinger-doc libspeex-dev libvdpau-dev vflib3-dev librtmp-dev libva-dev libjack-jackd2-dev libass4 libass-dev libmodplug1 libmodplug-dev libvo-aacenc0 libvo-aacenc-dev libvo-amrwbenc0 libvo-amrwbenc-dev libopenal1 libopenal-dev libavcodec-extra-53 libavdevice-extra-53 libavfilter-extra-2 libavformat-extra-53 libavutil-extra-51 libpostproc-extra-52 libswscale-extra-2

You can transcode the video with WinFF.

If with terminal you can done this with command:

ffmpeg -i [VIDEO NAME].[FORMAT] -vcodec -s mpeg4 -vpre [VIDEO PRESET EX. MEDIUM/HIGH ] -b [BANDWIDTH] -s [WIDTH]*[HEIGHT] -acodec copy [OUTPUT VIDEO NAME].avi

Replace the particular phrases in [ ]

If it is a mp4 video named Myvideo and needed output video is Output.avi with preset medium, 3000k bitrate and size 700x292,

Then the command is :

ffmpeg -i Myvideo.mp4 -vcodec -s mpeg4 -vpre medium -b 3000k -s 700x292 -acodec copy Output.avi
  • when i try to convert using winff it shows unknown encoder libxvid – Dinse Das Nov 14 '13 at 13:30

I have found Handbrake to be a real pleasure. https://trac.handbrake.fr/wiki/PictureSettings He also has a ppa for Ubuntu. https://launchpad.net/~stebbins/+archive/handbrake-releases


If your comfortable using the command line, then I highly suggest you take a look at ffmpeg which is the best video conversion utility available on linux imo. It does not come installed automatically on Ubuntu but is available in the standard repos.

sudo apt-get install ffmpeg

Once that's installed you can use command avconv to perform your video conversions. There is a whole bunch of options available for you to use which you can take a look at in the man pages (man avconv).

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