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Old 07-11-2005, 06:39 AM   #1
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Looking for Live CD with ffmpeg / transcode


I'm away from home on a study-abroad program right now, and I have just started using Kanotix, so I don't have to be stuck with Windows at the school's library. However, I have a problem.
I had been downloading my favorite TV shows, shrinking them down using ffmpeg (for Windows), and uploading them to my PDA (iPAQ with Pocket PC) to watch.
However, Kanotix doesn't have ffmpeg, transcoder, or mencoder, and when I tried to install it through point-and-klik, I couldn't get it to work. So what I'm looking for is a general use Live CD Distro, that also includes ffmpeg or transcode, or if all else fails, mencoder. I want to be able to make XVid (or compatible) files. It will also have to have some Bittorrent program.
I would also like it to be able to create a permanent home directory on a USB stick like I do with Kanotix. I've found one or two distros that have ffmpeg, but they're no good for general use, due to outdated programs, or other reasons.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I'll take any and all. I don't want to have to use one distro for general use, and another for video editing.
 
Old 07-11-2005, 08:15 AM   #2
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I know Knoppix 4.0 has ffmpeg, but checking the list of apps included it doesn't appear to have either transcode or mencoder. I know it'd probably be a pain but you could make your own live cd if it came to it.

When I get home I will check to see if the new mandriva move live cd has these tools on it.

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Old 07-11-2005, 09:35 AM   #3
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You could try PCLinuxOS. This does not have these programs, but there are full instructions on the site to make your own Live CD. You would have to install it, but have a huge Swap Partition (2Gb or more), add the programs you want, uninstall a couple until you are back to the original size, do any personalisations you want, then run the program!

Pop over to http://www.pclinuxonline.com/pclos
 
Old 07-11-2005, 10:17 AM   #4
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Originally posted by mickyg
I know Knoppix 4.0 has ffmpeg, but checking the list of apps included it doesn't appear to have either transcode or mencoder.
It doesn't have to have all three, just one of them. I had thought Knoppix 4.0 might, but it doesn't appear to be available for download quite yet. And it looks like only the Live DVD has ffmpeg. I don't think the CD does. I don't really want to go spend the money on a blank DVD, if there is a LiveCD Distro that has what I need (I already have a barely used 50pack of blank CDs). Also, it'll be awhile before the Knoppix 4.0 DVD is available for download.
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I know it'd probably be a pain but you could make your own live cd if it came to it.
Remember, I'm working only on University computers, running Windows. I'm pretty sure installing Linux on them would be a no-no.
Although I sure would love to do so.

[edit]
I just remembered, it should also have some type of ftp server, because that's the easiest way I've found to get the videos to my PDA. Although that's not necessary, cause I could find another way to get the video to my PDA (through email, maybe).

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