Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Jan 2011 21:29 UTC
Multimedia, AV "Even if you don't believe all the hype about HTML5, sooner or later, you'll need to start encoding some video to WebM format. Maybe for internal experimentation, for a pay-per-view or subscription project (where H.264 may incur royalties), because you've decided to jump into HTML5 video with both feet, or because Google announced yesterday that it's going to stop supporting H.264 in Chrome. Whatever the reason, you'll be sitting at your desk or poolside one day, and you'll be thinking 'I've got to encode some video to WebM format'. If and when that day comes, set a bookmark in your memory banks for this article, because it's all about encoding to WebM. I'll start by looking at how WebM compares to H.264 in terms of quality, just to set expectations, and then briefly review the quality and performance of several free and for-fee encoding tools."
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Command line.
by _xmv on Tue 18th Jan 2011 00:48 UTC
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use the command line encoder, others are ugly-expensive for nearly as good as command line result, or just plain suck

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RE: Command line.
by lemur2 on Tue 18th Jan 2011 01:01 in reply to "Command line."
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summary: use the command line encoder, others are ugly-expensive for nearly as good as command line result, or just plain suck

Opportunity: write a quick GUI frontend, say using Qtqucik/Qtcreator and perhaps Python, to call the command line encoder. Perhaps offer optimal default parameters depending on the source file selected, and/or offer a selection of pre-sets as "templates", as defined under the heading "Sample Command Lines" here:

2-Pass Best Quality VBR Encoding
2-Pass Faster VBR Encoding
2-Pass VBR Encoding for Smooth Playback on Low-end Hardware
2-Pass CBR Encoding for Limited-bandwidth Streaming
2-Pass VBR Encoding for Noisy / Low-quality Input Source
1-Pass Good Quality VBR Encoding
1-Pass Fast VBR Encoding

With such a frontend in conjunction with the command line backend, one could probably come up with a product that was better than the commercial offerings for which hundreds of dollars are being charged.

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RE[2]: Command line.
by _xmv on Tue 18th Jan 2011 12:47 in reply to "RE: Command line."
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Opportunity: write a quick GUI frontend

that's the problem with guys like me - i like the command line, its fast concise and just works.
so i'd code a GUI for others and have no use for it - no motivation and therefore not happening

That's probably why GUIs for command line stuff are usually not very well done and/or don't exist.

Even on Windows without cygwin etc, PowerShell is pretty neat for a shell now.

I'm sure however that SUPER(R) and such "GUIs for command line" will pick it up quickly.

ps: OSNews quote-in-quote doesnt display properly. I had to cut the inner quote.

Edited 2011-01-18 12:48 UTC

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