avi to mpeg what does it best?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by AP_piano295, Jan 21, 2006.

  1. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2005
  2. obeygiant macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    totally cool
    im not really sure if there is one.

    there are programs to play avis on a mac like VLC.
    i've used "isquint" to convert avis to qt but it routinely
    screws up the color to where its unuseable or unwatchable.
  3. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    ffmpegx is pretty good once you figure it out, it's not free but I don't know what the limitations are, I've had it for ages and it still works.

    It's amazing how quickly the iPod has changed our needs for videos. Everybody seems to be ditching avi in droves for H.264.
  4. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    What are you trying to do? If you want to take an xvid or divx avi and turn it in to a VCD or DVD Toast 7 is the go imo. If you are just looking for something to transcode video ffmpegX is probably the best app I've used for that.
  5. AVR2 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    It more-or-less *is* free. If you don't pay for it, just about the only function that's locked-out is the "recompress a >4Gb VOB into a <4Gb VOB". Everything else works fine. That said, I'll still be paying for mine, since it's only $15 and it's such a fantastically useful app that I want to support it.

    IMHO, the encoding in ffmpegX is some of the best I've found. I've tried converting an XviD avi to MPEG-2 in both ffmpegX and Toast 7, using the same bitrate/quality settings for each. The quality of the ffmpegX conversion was significantly better than Toast 7 and it was much faster too.

    The OP doesn't specify what kind of MPEG he wants to convert to, but MPEG Streamclip will convert avi to MPEG-4 (albeit without as many tweakable parameters as ffmpegX).
  6. magi.sys macrumors member

    May 12, 2003
    By the way, if the avi is divx or xvid you can convert it to mp4 without transcoding. Check out the mpeg4ip tools. Just dump the video/audio, convert audio to AAC, mux into mpeg4 file. no loss in video quality ;)

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