[CentOS] Open Source Video Codec and Container (alternative to Xvid)

Simon Jolle sjolle urandomdev at gmail.com
Fri Jun 27 19:57:50 UTC 2008

Hi CentOS users

I am running a forum with small video clips (from YouTube and others). I 
convert those Macromedia Flash videos with:

$ mencoder example.flv -ovc xvid -xvidencopts bitrate=1000:autoaspect 
-vf pp=lb -oac mp3lame -lameopts fast:preset=standard -o example.avi

I use mencoder RPM from Dag Wieers

1) Its very generic command line to convert videos. What would you 
improve? The size is much bigger than the original FLV :(

2) Is there a real open source format what I should prefer? Can you say 
something about its quality?

3) Whats the most painless format for exchanging videos with Win, Mac 
and Linux users?


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