Re-encoding video can be a bit baffling. I’ve tried a whole slew of different apps (Handbrake, Avidemux, PiTiVi) but they all seem to be far too complicated for the simple job of re-encoding a video file for a specific device. There are some older apps that are nice and simple (like Iriverter), but they’re old and getting left behind by the fast pace of change in gadgets.
That’s why I’ve really grown to like Arista Transcoder. Instead of fiddling about with codecs, aspect ratios, and a million other obscure settings, Arista simply asks what device you want to view the video on. Some of the presets also allow you to tweak the quality, but that’s it. And when you think about it, 99% of the time that’s all you actually need.
Some of the highlights:
- It seems to be multithreaded (or use multithreaded codecs where possible) so it’s fast
- Integrates nicely with Gnome, including notification bubbles on Ubuntu
- Includes presets for most common devices, with more available on the website
- Can rip straight from DVDs
- Queues jobs
You can get it from the Ubuntu Universe repository, Arch AUR, or you can grab the pythony tarball off their site.