ffmpegX

ffmpegX Lion r2 0.0.9y

Turn your DVDs to DivX, MPEG, VCD and XVCD

Important Note: There are now two versions of this encoder: ffmpegx for OS X 10.7 Lion users and ffmpegx for OS X 10.3-10.6. View full description

PROS

  • Supports lots of formats
  • Quick and reliable
  • Handles subtitles
  • Advanced tools (join, fix, img, authr)
  • Set bitrate and video parameters

CONS

  • Not often updated
  • A little complex

Very good
8

Important Note: There are now two versions of this encoder: ffmpegx for OS X 10.7 Lion users and ffmpegx for OS X 10.3-10.6.

When there were barely any decent applications to convert to DivX, ffmpegX was a true godsend. It is still a very good converter which handles a lot of audio and video formats, but it now faces competition from newer and very reliable alternatives such as Handbrake.

After nearly a two year wait, during which we really thought ffmpegX had been abandoned, the application finally got an update, which fixed a few minor issues, yet still keeps the old, Panther like interface.

Converting media is generally quick and easy, and one of the strengths of ffmpegX is all the different audio and video formats you can choose from. The program also includes a rather basic, yet necessary, media player so you can preview your newly encoded videos before burning them or storing them on your mobile device. If you dig in the settings you'll see you can perform all sorts of advanced functions like joining, fixing or authoring videos and creating an img. Advanced users will also be able to set bitrate and all sorts of video parameters.

Another strong point of ffmpegX is that it can convert your subtitles, not only to DVD Studio Pro 1.5 format but also to the more common SRT format. This, and the range of encoding formats to choose from, still make it an essential tool for any true video addict.

Still, ffmpegX is not for beginners, as it is filled with settings and tools, that only confirmed users will feel comfortable with.

We hope that we won't have to wait as long for the next update, and that ffmpegX will keep offering new encoding features. For now, it still remains an excellent audio and video encoder with great subtitle support.

Changes

  • Fixes for Leopard compatibility
  • Added iPhone preset
  • Added metadata in FLV encoding (to enable progress indicators in Flash video playback).

ffmpegX is a Mac OS X graphic user interface designed to easily operate more than 20 powerful Unix open-source video and audio processing tools including ffmpeg, the "hyper fast video and audio encoder", mpeg2enc, the open-source mpeg-2 encoder and multiplexer and mencoder, the mpeg-4 encoder with subtitles support.

Features:

  • Drop a file, choose a destination format, and click "Encode".
  • Many conversions are faster than realtime.
  • Queue encodings in the ffmpegX Progress window.
  • Includes a full-featured universal video player (mplayer) supporting VOB and text subtitles, with choice of fonts, font sizes and international text encodings including Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Greek and more.
  • Supports subtitles in VobSub, SubRip, MicroDVD, SubViewer, Sami, VPlayer, RT, SSA, AQTitle, JACOsub and MPsubt formats
  • Allows creation of DVD selectable subtitles
  • Includes a subtitle converter with OCR from VOB image format to SRT text format.
  • Includes a bitrate calculator to control best image quality and target filesize.
  • Includes an automatic crop tool.
  • Includes a series of video tools like split, join, fix, mux, demux.
  • Compresses a non-encrypted DVD to 4GB without reencoding it.
  • Reauthors SVCD as DVD.
  • Creates DVD image files from VIDEO_TS folders.
  • Converts SRT subtitles to DVD Studio Pro 1.5 format.
  • Creates AVI or MPG files with two audio tracks.
  • Authors as VCD or K/XVCD (.bin/.cue files for burning with Toast by dropping the .bin into VCD window).
  • Authors as SVCD, CVD or K/XSVCD (two .img files to be burned in Toast under Multitrack XA window).
  • Authors as DVD (/DVD/ folder for burning in Toast DVD mode, and .img file for burning in Disk Image app or Toast disk image mode).

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ffmpegX Lion r2 0.0.9y

— User reviews — about ffmpegX

  • dinigrow

    by dinigrow

    "Doesn't install..."

    ...Maybe I have too new an OS, but the file this link downloads is apparently 'not recognised' by my mac :(. More.

    reviewed on December 11, 2011