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I would add one thing though...

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on November 21, 2007 05:42 AM
Mencoder is brilliant and has been my video mangler of choice for a long time now. There are very rare cases, though, when it falls short and for me, in every one of those cases using the ffmpeg commandline util has filled the gap. Sure, each can use the other, but sometimes it is like using a hammer to turn a screwdriver and just putting the hammer down and grabbing the screwdriver makes it all so simple.

Mencoder's only "weakness" is its flexibility. That combined with the idiosyncrasies of several video formats means you can spend a while trying different approaches to a problem before you hit the one that works best - you certainly learn a bit about digital video along the way...

Regardless, with both in your toolbox, there is not a single video format, source or destination, that you cannot well and truly pwn.


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