Video encoding

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Encode Video

I just want to convert stuff!

tools & scripts for dummies

xvidenc is a script available in the AUR. It uses mencoder and might be a good fit, if want to convert some videos but lack most of the knowledge: While there are (probably?) even easier scripts out there, this one still gives you a lot of choices (most of which you can ignore by pressing enter to use a decent default settings).

yaourt -S xvidenc

Maximum efficiency with minimum knowledge

(Some links for people who don't have much time to get in-depth?)

Common Misconceptions

(Easy one-liners? I'll think I'll do this Section first, as I did & do have a LOT of misconceptions and I'm sure a lot of people who mostly used windows to convert videos in the past have, too;))

Codecs v.s. Containers

encoder v.s. codec

I want to learn some basics

look (I'm not sure where: links some starting points to look depending on what one needs?)


avi, mkv etc... (max one line description + one link for the most used ones?)


xvid, stuff (..same...?)

Choosing the right stuff

no idea