ffmpegX

Version: 0.0.9y || Release Date: 2008-01-25 || License: Shareware ($15) App Owner: jasethehack

ffmpegX is a Mac OS X graphic user interface designed to easily operate more than 20 powerful Unix open-source video and audio processing tools including ffmpeg the "hyper fast video and audio encoder", mpeg2enc the open-source mpeg-2 encoder and multiplexer and mencoder the mpeg-4 encoder with subtitles support.

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8 Opinions

Logs input files in ffmpegX.app/Contents/Resources/input.txt, strange... (v 0.0.9y)

I love ffmpegX. Thank you to the programers for this wonderful app. Going to register.

Other optional install, to encode from RealVideo sources with the mencoder engine: reallibs package for ffmpegX 0.0.9 (check homepage).

New 0.0.9y: encode flv with metadata, meaning that your encoded FLV with play with a progress bar in internet Flash video players. You need to install FLVTool2 for this, check homepage for more info.

Just what I was looking for. Great for converting .avi to .mp4.

I'm using this to convert from MPEG2 transport streams (.ts) from DVB to MP4 video for a Sony-Ericsson mobile phone. Took a lot of trial and error to discover the correct settings - a modification of the PSP default setting - but it now work very well and it's really fast.

Very good, but not without it's problems...

PSP: When I used this feature, ffmpegx was unable to code PSP films correctly a lot of the time. Also h.264 files didn't work very well. This is despite me following all instructions to the letter (via tutorials and help files), getting hints and tips from the forums and writing to the author.

Timing: It can take a loonnngggg time to encode a movie, and there's no way of knowing it can play correctly until you've finished.

Subtitles: Support isn't brilliant here. Taking the PSP example, if you want to encode a foreign film, first encode a divx (for example) with the subtitles hardcoded in....then encode this new vid to PSP standard. Somewhere along the line either the subs would corrupt or the resulting vid wouldn't recognise on the PSP.
Plus, having to rely on two codings meant that the whole process took AGES to complete (and sometimes also had lipsync issues).

PLUS points:
Can handle virtually anything you throw at it.
Is being continually developed (and at a very good rate).
To be fair, I have since sold my PSP, so maybe the newest release has fixed those probs I mentioned above.
Currently, the only tool I know of that can (correctly) convert from the .flv format of downloaded youtube / videogoogle movies.
The GUI is extremely simple and easy to use, with great use of dropdowns to help you along.
There are tutorials available at the author's site.

Overall: Despite the few issues I had with it, still a very useful and worthwhile app to have on your mac

Great tool for video format conversion. A bit like a swiss army knife. Not the most beautiful interface.
Go to http://www.ffmpegx.com/howtos.html to see what the many options are for and some howto's.