I have only used one program to accomplish this in the past,
unfortunately it is only available for w32 - although it is open source.
Virtual Dub (http://www.virtualdub.org/
) does the trick nicely, although
it can be complicated, less than user friendly and with allot of options.
Basically though, you want to get the xvid codec, and some form of mp3
or ogg codec - then trans code the file from the uncompressed avi files
that you will have gotten from your camera, to files with xvid
compression (open an avi file in virtual dub, choose video->compression
and choose the xvid codec and options, then audo->compression and choose
your ogg/mp3 codec then choose file-save as avi and it begins
compressing). (There are plenty of other codecs, but xvid is an
excellent open one that can challenge the paid codecs).
Another option would be to pay for a piece of software like Dr. Divx,
which automagically will transcode into divx files.
Gund Wehsling wrote:
First off, welcome to 2005.
Next, has anybody had any fun converting media in Linux (or W32 for that matter)? I have
several AVi files (in DV1 format) that have been ripped from my old and dying camera and I
have now many Gigs of AVIs I would like to make into MPEGs or similar, if for no reason
other than to reduce thier size.
I have tried some W32 applications that do not preserve the quality or even the size of
the videos and after a few weeks, I have come to the conclusion, that not even paid for
software is good for me.
Any ideas for Linux or W32 greatly appreciated.