Foo - What .flv Converter do You Use?
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07-22-09, 12:27 PM
A friend of mine created an awesome video for my son, and she has since sent me the .mp4 directly from YouTube (you can download your own videos in .mp4 format right from YouTube), but it got me thinking about converting it myself, for fun, or if the need ever came up again.
I got it downloaded without a problem, but when I went to convert the .flv to .avi, I couldn't find a good conversion app. I got one that looked great but no sound, one with sound but pixelated video, and one that was so bad I couldn't even recognize the people in the video.
What converters are out there and worth playing with? And what bit rates do you use when you convert to .avi?
HandBrake (http://handbrake.fr/) can handle most video conversions. Can't remember anything about bit rates, I just use one of the presets I think.
07-22-09, 02:00 PM
07-22-09, 11:44 PM
I've had great luck with this one:
It's freeware, too and CNET certifies it spware free.
07-23-09, 04:00 AM
I like to use the SUPER video converter (http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html). You can even convert directly from the URL of a streaming-video and not even have to bother saving it. It uses the extremely versatile FFMPEG engine.
For the ultimate in quality, I've compiled my own FFMPEG from the source (http://ffmpeg.org). For something like an FLV, I'd run it through this script:
ffmpeg -benchmark -pass 1 -passlogfile logfile1 -i VIDEO.FLV -y -threads 2 -f mpeg2video -b 1500 -minrate 0 -maxrate 4000 -bufsize 224 -aspect 3:2 -s 720x480 -r 29.97 -g 15 -me epzs -qmin 2 -qmax 15 VIDEO.M2V -f ac3 -ab 64 -ar 48000 -ac 2 VIDEO.AC3
ffmpeg -benchmark -pass 2 -passlogfile logfile1 -i VIDEO.FLV -y -threads 2 -f mpeg2video -b 1500 -minrate 0 -maxrate 4000 -bufsize 224 -aspect 3:2 -s 720x480 -r 29.97 -g 15 -me epzs -qmin 2 -qmax 15 VIDEO.M2V -f ac3 -ab 64 -ar 48000 -ac 2 VIDEO.AC3
Doing 2-pass encoding along with fine-tuning all aspects of the conversion really gives you much higher quality videos than the one-click converters. I can make a DVD with over 8-hours of downloaded videos that's indistinguishable from commercial DVDs.
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