Nov 18, 2013

Simple GUI Video Converter For Ubuntu

The other night I was trying to watch one of my new favorite shows on Plex. That show was Arrow, which is normally on The CW on Wednesday Nights, or whenever you want if you torrent with ShowRSS.

Anyway, the Arrow shows that have been coming have been in .mkv format which should stream fine on Plex, but for some reason it hasn't been streaming too well without having to transcode first. No big deal, but the other night the transcoding operation kept crashing and the show kept getting interrupted.

I decided I needed to convert the file to MP4 which seems to play natively without transcode on Plex. The tool I decided to use was Arista! Here's a screen shot:

The interface is super simple, you just select the green plus sign, and follow the wizard. That's it! In no time your video will be converted!

Installation is a snap too since it's available in the Ubuntu repositories. Just run:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install arista
What do you use to transcode video in Linux? Why do you like it? Let us know in the comments.
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