mplayer logoActually this tip is applicable to any Linux distribution mencoder can be run at (like Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Suse and even Slackware 🙂 )

MEncoder is a free command line video decoding, encoding and filtering tool released under the GNU General Public License. It is a close sibling to MPlayer and can convert all the formats that MPlayer understands into a variety of compressed and uncompressed formats using different codecs

Here is the fastest way to perform wmv to avi conversion:

  1. Ubuntu:
  2. sudo apt-get install mencoder
    mencoder infile.wmv -ofps 23.976 -ovc lavc -oac copy -o outfile.avi

  3. Fedora:
  4. sudo yum install mencoder
    mencoder infile.wmv -ofps 23.976 -ovc lavc -oac copy -o outfile.avi

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    FYI - I was able to get it to work using -vcodec libxvid -acodec libmp3lame

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    I used this command to batch convert a bunch of .WMV's to xvid.

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    Just substitute ~/VIDEOS for whatever dir you want to search.

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    You can do it this way too:
    find /DirectoryWhereFilesAreLocated type -name "*.wmv" -exec ffmpeg -i {} {}.avi \;

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