Ubuntu Video converter

If you don’t like the command line mencoder to do your video converting, there is the excellent winff!

Winff can be downloaded here.

They have the .deb and .rpm packages so installing them is as simple as double clicking the package.

I used it to encode an .ogg video to .avi and it did the trick and it was quite fast.

It’s no looker but it gets the job done and is user friendly.

  1. It Woks your rite no looker but it does get the job done i converted an .avi file to a mpeg with 1.7% loss of quality but it is better than nero 8 recode with 7.54% loss of quality thanks mate

    • linuxowns
    • May 22nd, 2008

    you’re welcome

    • karan
    • May 26th, 2008

    i tried using WinFF, but i could not manage to convert .flv to .3gp or .mp4.
    I could see an error in the command line saying “unknown codec AAC”.
    Can you please help me out on this?

    • linuxowns
    • May 26th, 2008

    I might be because the ffmpeg version in ubuntu is missing a few formats because of copyright issues.

    This article explains how to get the the proper ffmpeg running (win ff is just a graphical user interface for that program).


    • Eldarr
    • July 30th, 2009

    I’ve got problems converting a .mkv file to .avi, the error output is:
    configuration: –enable-gpl –enable-postproc –enable-swscale –enable-x11grab –extra-version=svn17737+3:0.svn20090303-1ubuntu6 –prefix=/usr –enable-avfilter –enable-avfilter-lavf –enable-libgsm –enable-libschroedinger –enable-libspeex –enable-libtheora –enable-libvorbis –enable-pthreads –disable-stripping –disable-vhook –enable-libdc1394 –enable-shared –disable-static
    libavutil 49.15. 0 / 49.15. 0
    libavcodec 52.20. 0 / 52.20. 0
    libavformat 52.31. 0 / 52.31. 0
    libavdevice 52. 1. 0 / 52. 1. 0
    libavfilter 0. 4. 0 / 0. 4. 0
    libswscale 0. 7. 1 / 0. 7. 1
    libpostproc 51. 2. 0 / 51. 2. 0
    built on Apr 10 2009 23:20:33, gcc: 4.3.3

    Seems stream 0 codec frame rate differs from container frame rate: 47.95 (27956/583) -> 24.00 (24/1)
    Input #0, matroska, from ‘/media/Files/DELT/Film/Wall-E 720p/inf-walle.mkv’:
    Duration: 01:37:25.61, start: 0.000000, bitrate: N/A
    Stream #0.0: Video: h264, yuv420p, 1280×528, PAR 1:1 DAR 80:33, 24 tbr, 1k tbn, 47.95 tbc
    Stream #0.1(eng): Audio: dca, 48000 Hz, 5.1, s16
    Stream #0.2(eng): Subtitle: 0x0000
    Unknown encoder ‘libxvid’
    Press Enter to Continue

    • mattstone345
    • September 4th, 2009

    Winff dont work It wont convert my video

    • Mocte
    • October 2nd, 2009

    Hi, im looking for a converter and i came upon yours, just wondering….does it convert 3g2 videos from the LG celphone i forgot the model, but i want to convert videos in 3g2 to any other cause my video players wont recognize it and as far as i can remember only Quicktime was able to play em…..on windows but i have ubuntu 9.5 so what should i do?

    • dyosef
    • December 8th, 2009

    im using linux ubuntu and im trying to view some video but all the thing is only the audio plays not the video? i need help!? ASAP

    • Jonathan
    • January 4th, 2010

    Winff can be downloaded easily from the Synaptic package manager.

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  3. well done. i have a bunch of video needed to be converted for my new installed ubuntu 2010. thanks for sharing,i will give it a try.

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