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I want to convert some .avi videos to a lower resolution, both to considerably shrink the files' sizes and to make them easily viewable on a smartphone. How can I do the conversion? I have ffmpeg installed on a desktop running Ubuntu.

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I have tried a couple of suggested ffmpeg commands but they were all somehow faulty, apparently due to changes in ffmpeg syntax – hnns Sep 4 '11 at 20:24
Actually I just found a nice app which has a .deb and does the job well: – hnns Sep 4 '11 at 20:38
MediaCoder is also very good, never used it for putting to smartphone, but have used it for many other things and it has tons of options. I didn't post it as I didn't know it had a .deb, I thought it was only available using Wine (which there is a walkthrough for setting up on the site). – MaQleod Sep 4 '11 at 20:40

I recommend you download Handbrake, which is basically a nice (subjective!) interface which will allow you to convert between formats easily (including ffmpeg).

It includes presets for mobile devices and if you are uncomfortable using ffmpeg directly, you should like this program.

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+1 Handbrake is nice, definitely worth the time to get if you don't have it already, useful for a lot of things. – MaQleod Sep 4 '11 at 20:13
William, I added Handbrake's ppa, and the lines to sources.list, but after update, it could not install it: 'E: Package handbrake has no installation candidate'. Any ideas? – hnns Sep 4 '11 at 20:35
@hnns - All I can say is that it is Ubuntu compatible, I do not know the specifics, nor am I an expert at Ubuntu - you are best off asking that specific question on – William Hilsum Sep 4 '11 at 21:45

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