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Re-encode video to make smaller

asked 2011-11-09 12:50:03 -0500

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How to re-encode video files to make size smaller? I often download video from internet with mkv type is always smaller size than another video filetype.

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answered 2011-11-10 09:24:29 -0500

asto gravatar image

I personally use a software called avidemux. Handbrake is good as well but I find avidemux to be more feature rich and all the controls are laid out in a way that makes more sense to me.

@stanislav-ochotnicky No, this is not meant to be a fedora-only forum. @mether has explained the idea behind this forum in great detail">here

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answered 2013-02-18 09:10:52 -0500

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Assuming one has the proper tools (you will need rpmfusion repos) I find that usually running

ffmpeg -i myfile -vcodec libx264 -acodec aac -strict experimental myfile.mp4

(or whatever format you choose) will, in most cases, considerably shrink a file without losing much quality for normal viewing purposes.

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answered 2011-11-10 08:16:51 -0500

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For video converting I use HandBrake (, which is available as a RPM package for Fedora in the download section of the homepage. It is easy to use and has good documentation.

An other nice video converter is transmageddon ( which is easier than HandBrake but has less options. A RPM package is also available in the donwload section.

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answered 2013-02-18 18:32:12 -0500

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updated 2013-02-18 18:37:05 -0500

Hi, don't worry, use Arista Transcoder, If you no want complicate install easy with PostInstallerF, if not:

From a terminal


yum -y install gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-bad-free-extras gstreamer-plugins-bad-nonfree gstreamer-plugins-ugly gstreamer-ffmpeg ffmpeg mencoder ffmpeg2theora mplayer 

yum -y install mlt pygoocanvas mlt-python python-httplib2.noarch frei0r-plugins sox ffmpeg pyxdg python2-devel python3-devel 

yum -y install pygobject2 pygobject-codegen pygobject-devel python3-gobject cairo cairo-devel cairo-gobject cairo-gobject-devel pycairo pycairo-devel python3-cairo python3-cairo-devel pygtk2 pygtk2-codegen pygtk2-devel gconf2 gnome-python2-gconf python-gudev dbus-python gnome-python2-rsvg gtk2 udev python-gdata 

wget -c 

tar -xvzf arista-0.9.7.tar.gz 

cd arista-0.9.7

python build 

python install --skip-build
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