I have a movie directory with a sub directory VIDEO_TS in it. I want to convert this to a video file like avi, mp4, etc... How can I convert this?
Right now I can see it with VLC of course but I want to have it as a one file video format.
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HandBrake is a general-purpose, open-source, cross-platform, multithreaded video transcoder software application which is more than capable of reading the VIDEO_TS folder and converting it to a file format of your choice.
FFmpeg also works quite well:
cat ./VIDEO_TS/*.VOB | ffmpeg -i - <out_name>.<out_format>
K9Copy is a powerful tool that can read a VIDEO_TS directory structure (or a DVD) and produce (re-encode) MPEG-4 video files. It also supports MPEG-2 extraction, which is useful for creating lossless backups (one MPEG-2 video file will be created for every episode/video on the DVD). It is possible to only copy the English audio track and subtitles.
To install K9Copy on Ubuntu, you need to enable the multiverse repository, either by changing the config file or by using the Software Sources gui. Other distributions like Fedora have it in their default repository.