The inbuilt codec playback support in GNU Linux is limited, many times we need to install codecs just for viewing a single video of a particular format as the video simply won’t play . If you have many videos of different format then installing codecs for all of them becomes a tedious task. Also sometimes, you may need to transfer a video to your handheld device or mobile phone, that too becomes a problem if the codecs mismatch. There’s a simple solution to the aforesaid problems though, why not simply convert them to a particular format which is supported by Operating system/device by using Video converters ? And these Top 7 free video converters for Linux mentioned below will help you on how to convert videos in Linux the easy way –
App # 1 – VLC
Not to get confused, but yes the very powerful VLC media player by VideoLAN, also doubles up as an audio/video converter for Linux. The reason why we placed VLC at the top is its easy availability for almost any GNU Linux distribution, hence installing VLC won’t be a big hiccup for users. Also, many distros such as Linux Mint come with VLC preinstalled anyway, with all the codecs and offcourse it doubles up as a Media player too . The procedure to convert videos using VLC too is pretty easy and is as follows –
App # 2 – HandBrake
Though, at the time of writing this post Handbrake was available only for Ubuntu, but its rapid development promises its upgrade for other linux distributions too. HandBrake is a feature reach Video converter with exclusive feature of preview window, which can help you to preview videos before converting in addition to supporting various formats and codecs for video conversion.
App # 3 – WinFF for Linux
Not to get confused by its name WinFF is actively developed for and works in Linux too!, its basically a front-end for ffmpeg, and is very powerful. WinFF allows easy conversions from / to desired video formats in Linux. Although, readymade download packages aren’t yet available but you can easily install them from repository depending upon your GNU Linux distribution as mentioned below –
App # 4 – FF Multi Converter for Linux
True to its name FF Multi Converter is a multipurpose converter which can convert audio, video as well as images in Linux. It can convert from / to between all popular encoding formats and uses ffmpeg for audio/video files, unoconv for document files and ImageMagick for image file conversions. The Front-end is what which makes is standout as it removes the need to remember command line commands for conversions using ffmpeg etc.
App # 5 – Transmaggedon for Linux
Transmageddon is a video converter/ transcoder app for Linux and Unix systems built using GStreamer. It supports many formats as its input and can generate a very large host of output files depending upon the User’s choice. Transmaggedon is available in RPM package too which makes it an ideal video converter for Fedora.
App # 6 – Format Junkie for Linux
Though, there has been only a single version of Format Junkie that too in 2012, but its user base remains intact. All because of its hasslefree user interface, and speedy conversions. Expect Format Junkie to perform smooth conversion between video formats released prior to 2012, however it may struggle to perform conversions with newer codecs.
App # 7 – DamnVid for Linux
DamnVid ceases to impress us, although its our favorite when it comes to windows but its incompatibility with newer linux versions pushes it upto No.7 in this list of video converters. There’s no looking for other solutions/app for video conversion even for professional users, if you get DamnVid running. Although, the default packages of DamnVid Linux won’t work anymore on newer Linux kernels, but you can always use Wine! to run the windows version of DamnVid on your Linux.
And , if you don’t wish to install wine for a single app, here’s a Portable compact version of DamnVid for you which works on newer Linux distros too! –
So, these were some of the Best Free Video converters available for Ubuntu/Fedora/Arch and other distributions of Linux, if you know of any other good one or incase you encounter any problems feel free to drop a comment :).
You left one of the most widely used and one the oldest one out there, AviDemux . The list should be 8 it must be in it imho .
VLC – very clunky and non-userfriendly
Handbrake – Support no modern formats
WinFF – useful but conversion takes too long
I have yet to try the other ones listed