Monday, February 27, 2006

More Video Transcoding With MediaCoder

This thing is so cool, it deserves it's own post!

MediaCoder is a free universal audio/video batch transcoder, putting together lots of excellent audio/video codecs and tools from the open source community into an all-in-one solution, capable of transcoding among different audio/video formats with many extra features.
Sounds like it does the same thing as SUPER. Yes, but you get much more fine-grained control with MediaCoder if you want it, and it appears to me that MediaCoder is faster. I just happened upon this when I was looking at Digg. What a happy coincidence! I was trying to put an AVI video clip on SVCD with SUPER. The original was 480x320. SUPER put in black bars at the top & bottom and squashed the video in between. No matter what I did, it came out the same. With MediaCoder I was able to tweak some of the settings and get it working just right for SVCD to display nicely on my TV. Fast and flexible encoding, but not for the faint of heart.

In another test run, MediaCenter did not fair so well when trying to make DVD compliant VOB files. The sound was a wreck. SUPER works great in that area. MediaCenter is still a work in progress but it's already doing pretty cool things for me. Go opensource!

Both of these tools are a must for A/V work in Windows, IMO.

PS *NIX users, the MediaCoder homepage indicates this application will run in WINE. Haven't verified but if it does, it's a nice frontend bundled with a lot of the A/V tools that you would normally run via commandline.

Update: MediaCoder does not seem to like MP4 to SVCD MPG conversion. The sound comes out horribly. It likes AVI though...


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