Wow. Videos suck.

April 2, 2008

The more I try to convert one video format to another, the more I hate each and every format. I’ve tried to go from mp4 to avi or mp4 to ogg. And there seems to be *no* good guides. I’ve tried ffmpeg and ffmpeg2theora and all sorts of things. I’ve looked for webpages to upload and convert and download. Nothing keeps me happy. I’ve heard a lot about Handbreak (which doesn’t seem to have a nice package anywhere) but whatever. The most frustrating thing is that the same mp4 worked in Kaffeine 12 hours ago. VLC can’t queue videos in a nice manner like Kaffeine, Dragon Player isn’t really compatible with mp4 and what not.

And the worse thing is that all I get is “xine: couldn’t find demux”. Well that helps! How about a fix or a suggestion or something eh? try installing X or convert to Y.

This is very frustrating to people like me that can’t sleep while there is something not working on their computer After I typed the pos, I fixed my problem, however it took 2 hours, which is still too long.


  1. It would of course be very interesting if you also posted the solution. 🙂
    At least I would greatly appreciate that.

  2. You could use PyTube ( http://www.bashterritory.com/pytube ), its a GUI for downloading videos from video sharing sites, wich also comes along with a simple local video converter, you need to install Medibuntu’s ffmpeg package for MP4 compability though.

  3. 1) Get a proper ffmpeg (probably implies compiling)
    2) ????
    3) Profit!

  4. Hi!
    I’m not sure if this helps, but try checking out:-

    1. ConvertIT (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=567016)

    2. FuocoTools (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=652843)

    3. WinFF (http://biggmatt.com/winff/)

    4. A Linux.com article at (http://www.linux.com/feature/125623)

  5. Posting the solution would help. Filing bug reports about the different problems you found or confirming existing bugs about them would also be useful.

  6. “Wow. Videos suck on Kubuntu.”

    There, fixed that for you.

  7. I ended up downloading the .flv file from keepvid.com, renamed the file and used the following command: ffmpeg -i input.flv output.avi

    However, I really just want a project that can take most any input and return most output.

  8. Handbrake has a fantastic GUI which is packaged or source: HandBrakeGTK – http://rippedwire.sourceforge.net/downloads.html

    Thinliquidfilm works great for queuing, especially to iPod formats .:: thin liquid film – main page ::. – http://thinliquidfilm.org/

    What exactly are you trying to convert from and to and for what reason? I’ve done a lot of research on this since I bought and iPod video and backup/rip my DVDs and found a lot of great software.

  9. To be honest, I think that command with ffmpeg looks quite easy. Although I always use mencoder, but the command is similar.

  10. I’ve been using AVIDEMUX 2.4 to convert DIVX and FLV to PSP format. Although I haven’t tried it’s other outputs there appear to be plenty.

    Note: Version 2.4 not available through synaptic, however there is a deb package for download from the website.

  11. Mmm, had a similar problem of late … Then I found WinFF at http://www.winff.org/ … It’s very basic, but it does the job pretty easy … Hope that helps.


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