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ffmpeg - and why it mostly won't work for normal users

Posted 06-19-2012 at 10:38 AM by error_401

Since I've got a new compact digital camera about a year ago I have the trouble that it's internal format is .MTS

.MTS ? What the heck is that? A question a lot of people will come up with as not all of us are the video cracks and sooo knowledgeable about all that stuff.

So - what would work under Linux to do something useful with all your videos having an .mts format?

Searches will lead you to ffmpeg a very powerful tool for video conversion. But unless you have a weeks time to figure out all the tecnicalities of video conversion which will drive you crazy when doing it the try-and-error way what does work?

After some fiddling and not hitting jackpot at all with direct conversions I figured out that the main problem ist how to get your command line right for ffmpeg. Normally a search on the internet will not produce the cookbook solution for your problem so I had to figure another way.

The solution was kdenlive. I'm running Debian which makes some things very easy. Do a:

Code:
apt-get install kdenlive
Run the application and open the menu command. It contains a line for clip conversion. Neat - the conversion window even shows you the input to the ffmpeg command line. Now the videos do correctly convert into a usable format e.g. DVD-PAL (.mov) files. And kdenlive has matured into a usable video editing tool.

Nice
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    I hate when I'm trying to find out how to do something with video conversion (or anything else really) and then I find a relatively easy instruction, like "ffmpeg -cropx 100 -cropy 200" (I made it up, but there was something like that in some program), and then I'm going to try it, and I get some message like "cropx and cropy are deprecated. Use this obscure and hardly intelligible alternative command instead: ffmpeg -wxz X(##)=<desired resolution multiplied by the square root of 2> Y(##)=<desired resolution divided by the last two digits of pi> Z(###/###)=<time lenght of the movie in picoseconds since 1976 multiplied by the greek alphabet upside down, multiplied by E=mc˛> <desired resolution>/<least desired resolution>*<md5sum of the input file>.



    Most of the time I use avidemux, I prefer the QT version. The GUI is way less intimidating than kdenlive's.
    Posted 07-03-2012 at 06:19 PM by the dsc the dsc is offline
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    I fully agree - was about the same here. Tried first to get to reformat the videos with several hours of trying, reading, fiddling - no result to get .mov for the "Openshot" video editor.

    Then I thought about installing kdenlive in order to give it another try as I had it installed about two years ago but shortly after removed it again as it was not stable.

    Today it has matured into a very useful application including the transformation of videos.

    Today if i want to use ffmpeg I open kdenlive define a project output and then have a look into what it offers as settings. Works
    Posted 07-09-2012 at 09:22 AM by error_401 error_401 is offline
 

  



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