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  1. Member usta's Avatar
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    What is the best/most common GUI for ffmpeg encoding?
    I've tried WinFF - good presets, batch convert, multi threaded.
    What are your experiences?
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    Avanti is my choice for ffmpeg...the only thing missing...automatically mux h264+aac with mp4box so it could be streamed online "out of the box"

    lots of functions and profiles
    I love it when a plan comes together!
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  4. Member usta's Avatar
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    Baldrick, ffmpeggui seems very old...
    Besides, isn't it only for audio?
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    You missed my . It's my little gui that I made SEVERAL years ago.

    Nowadays I use WinFF or just the command line.
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    Aha, I see.
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    I don't use a GUI, I just like having absolute contol over what ffmpeg does, especially when it comes to x264 settings.
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    If the GUI allows (like WinFF), you can type all the commands as well.
    Or you type all that in a .bat file?
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    I love it when a plan comes together!
    Ricardo Santos
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    AutoMKV gets my vote for best GUI.

    auto dgindex, auto crop/scale is a few convenient features.
    If you know ffmpeg CLI you can tweak your own settings to create profiles.



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    Thanks ricardouk!
    Can Avanti do batch conversion?

    Edit: Yes it can!
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    OK, I did some conversions using Avanti and AutoMKV.
    I've decided to keep them both, next to WinFF.

    Each of them (WinFF, Avanti, AutoMKV) has some unique features and I couldn't force myself to depart from any of them...
    It took me a while to go over all those features of AutoMKV: what a contrast to the minimalistic interface of WinFF.
    By the way, neither Avanti, nor AutoMKV require an installation on the PC.

    Offtopic: Where do they come up with such stupid names as AutoMKV (which clearly is not limited to MKV) and Xvid4PSP (which clearly is not limited to Xvid or PSP)???
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    To me the name AutoMKV is quite clear of its capabitities.
    The MKV container itself can handle practically all audio/video codecs.

    Anyway, if you like automkv, you'll also like HDConvertToX they're both from the same author - HDConvertToX should give you a hint of what the app can do.

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    Thanks for the suggestion: I can already see the similarities of AutoMKV and HDConvertToX. So much to try, so much to learn...
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    if you want a to use mencoder like hdconverttox (i cant do anything with it) it tries to create a dummy mkv file with whatever file i try to convert.... if you wanna try mencoder use Automen from the same author.

    http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=127298

    Avanti for ffmpeg and automen for Mencoder are my suggestions... simple, portableb and a no brainer to use.
    I love it when a plan comes together!
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    I've tried a conversion with Automen.
    The positive side is portability and clear interface!
    The negative side was less control over the codec settings directly from the GUI (I wanted to disable B-frames for xvid encoding, but I couldn't see how). In addition, even though I've selected MP4 as a container the output was in avi container???
    Anyway, for ffmpeg, I'm sticking to both WinFF and Avanti.
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    Originally Posted by usta
    I've tried a conversion with Automen.
    The positive side is portability and clear interface!
    The negative side was less control over the codec settings directly from the GUI (I wanted to disable B-frames for xvid encoding, but I couldn't see how). In addition, even though I've selected MP4 as a container the output was in avi container???
    Anyway, for ffmpeg, I'm sticking to both WinFF and Avanti.
    the link i gave you was for the version 6 (beta) try the following links for the stable version:

    Version 5
    5.4 update

    to modify the Bframes, open the profiles text file inside automen and modify/add those parameters, you can create new ones.....

    For example:
    Code:
    \XviD 1 pass Fast\ -ovc xvid -xvidencopts bitrate:max_bframes=0:vhq=0:me_quality=5:nochroma_me:nochroma_opt:nohq_ac:notrellis:nolumi_mask:autoaspect:bvhq=0
    and change/add to:

    Code:
    \XviD 1 pass NoBFrames\ rest of the settings
    I use automen for flv output as i find it produces better quality than Avanti, apart from that those are 2 great programs with Avanti taking the lead on advanced functions
    I love it when a plan comes together!
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    ricardouk, Thanks for all the valuable information. I've learned a lot in this thread!
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