[olug] Video conversion questions...

T. J. Brumfield enderandrew at gmail.com
Thu Jul 8 15:02:09 UTC 2010

There are containers and there are codecs. Many containers support multiple
different codecs.

x264, XVID, and VP8 are generally considered the best 3 codecs. All have
comparable file sizes, quality and performance.

Different browsers have different support for codecs in their HTML5
implementations. If you're concerned with HTML5 support, I'd go with x264 or

-- T. J.

On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 9:53 AM, Dan Linder <dan at linder.org> wrote:

> I have a number of uncompressed digital video files of my daughters that I
> pulled off of my "Digital-8" camera via Firewire years ago.
> Right now these .AVI files are huge (total about 140GB), and I'd like to
> encode them into something a bit smaller without loosing too much quality.
> Questions:
> 1: What is the current suggested version to convert videos to that
> will primarily be viewed from a DVD on a computer (Linux/Windows/OSX)?  Two
> years ago I though about doing DivX, but now MP4 looks like it may be the
> better solution.  Is there an official "HTML5" compatible container?
> 2: What command-line tools have others used on Linux to convert similar
> videos?  I tried "mencoder" yesterday, but it just seemed to hang using
> 100%
> CPU and only wrote a 2K output file (even when I pointed it at a short 10
> second clip).  Is "avidemux" a good option, or is there something better?
> Thanks,
> Dan
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