9 Essential Free Linux Transcoders
Transcoding is the process of the conversion of digital data
(typically video and audio files) from one format to another.
It involves extracting tracks from a digital media
file, decoding the tracks, filtering, encoding, and then multiplexing
the new tracks into a new container. Transcoding will reduce the
quality of the tracks unless lossless formats are used.
There are many reasons to transcode media files. Some
popular examples include the ability to convert files so that they are
supported on a target device, and at the same time removing
commercials, and reducing the file size. Whilst transcoding is a very
CPU intensive task, modern processors such as the AMD Phenom X4 and
Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors offer impressive conversion rates
provided the transcoding software supports multi-core architectures.
There is a good range of open source software available on the
Linux platform for transcoding digital data. One application not
featured in this article but is worthy of a mention is Transmageddon.
This video transcoder is built using the pipeline-based
multimedia framework, GStreamer. Transmageddon is in an
early stage of development.
This article highlights the finest open source transcoding
applications for Linux. Individuals that are interested in making
digital media available for playback on mobile phones, or make frequent
use of Home Theatre software will find transcoding software to be
invaluable. Transcoding helps to ensure there is universal access of
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is
available, we have compiled a list of 9 of the finest transcoders.
There is a mix of graphical and console based applications
featured here. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for
anyone wanting to transcode digital data.
Now, let's explore the 9 transcoders at hand.
For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description
with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the software
in action, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.
||Multithreaded video transcoder
front end for transcode
||Application and a set of libraries for ripping and
of libav-tools; fork of FFmpeg
||Multimedia player, server and encoder
user interface for FFmpeg
||Utility to encode raw video/audio streams
||Graphical user interface for FFmpeg
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