FFmpeg is a cross-platform, open source audio/video conversion tool. It includes libavcodec, the leading open source codec library. An experimental streaming server for live broadcasts is also included.Download here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffmpeg/ ffmpegX is the OS X version.


    1. Sebastien Gomez 17 years ago


      An amazingly powerful application that every video editor needs to add to his collection. I have opened up ffmpegx countless times to standardize formats when coming from different sources.

      This software is so simple but underneath its user friendly format lies a monster codec converter. It is a simple as a drag and drop of your video files, a few clicks of tabs and you’re done. The only downfall of this software is its speed if you’re not using a G5 dual processor. Obviously you’re expected to be waiting a long time for a file to go from an .avi to an .mp4 (especially if the file is larger than 500MB) but I found that if you can use Apple’s Compressor to create your high quality MPEG2 for DVD; you’re better off because after all it’s all about speed.

      For those of you who read “speed” and say:”Yeah, ok speed but I want quality too”. Well with ffmpegx you’re getting all the quality and customization that you need. To give you an idea, I just coverted a 37.5MB MPEG1 file into a AVI XviD. It took 5 minutes, brought down the file size to 10MB and amazingly kept the quality the same to an untrained eye. I was blown away. I kept playing both files side by side and stood there in awe. The noise reduction is mind boggling.

      For those of you who want to watch the software in action; I just made a quick tutorial that explains some of the different options and gives an overview look at ffmpegx. Find the video here: http://www.gomezproductions.com/misctutorials.html

      Try it out today and see for yourself.

    2. kimberly 14 years ago

      hi, I really really need some help!!!

      im doing a course which requires that i take clips off of my own filmed dvd’s (of myself)to show evidence of my professional development. only prblem is i honestly dont know how.i have Nero and all the regular windows applications but nothing seems to work. please help i’m just not that pc literate!!!


    3. Rich 13 years ago

      Downloaded software, tried encoding a .mov. File size was zero kb. Any suggestions?

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