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Authored by: brooks_lt on Jul 28, '03 09:43:17AM
If you've got a system that's fairly fast (700 mhz G3 or better), I'd have to recommend Major4's ffmpegX. This encoder is available to any mac system running OS X, and provides a GUI to several pieces of useful, command-line video and audio encoding/transcoding software. About the only thing on the list of things you need to pay for that you might need would be the QuickTime MPEG-2 playback component, though you can even get around that with a program like mplayer, which you can find over at macupdate.com.

ffmpegX is like a varitable swiss-army knife for video, letting you encode mpeg-2, mpeg-1, DivX AVI, XviD AVI, and even DivX compatible MPEG-4. On the audio side, it lets you work with AC3, mp2, and mp3. If you're looking for a good price on a powerful piece of video and audio encoding/transcoding software, this is definitely worth a look.

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Authored by: raider on Aug 06, '03 07:12:10PM

That app looks killer.... Can I use it for bulk storage - for instance put all my raw video to MPEG2 or 4, then when I need it back in iTunes, import it back in? I know that this is lossy - but for home camcorder movies it shouldn't affect quality too bad. I currently have over 100GB of video I would like to reduce in size..... ;)



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