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How to Convert Videos with Transmageddon in Ubuntu Linux

Whether you want to listen to music on your smartphone or watch movies on your iPad, you may need to convert you media files from one format to another depending on what your devices support.

Transmageddon Video Transcoder is a great media converter for Ubuntu. It converts audio and video files, it has a simple interface, and it’s free. Installation is easy. Just type this command in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install transmageddon

Or use the Software Center:

Transmageddon is now installed, so let’s start converting videos. Launch it from the applications menu. The application looks like this:

At the top you choose the input file which you want to convert. Click the button and navigate to the file you want it converted then click “Open”.

You can see the input video properties just below the “Choose Input File” button. If you have a specific device you want to play the video on, then select your device from the “Preset” drop-down menu so the program adjusts the conversion settings appropriately otherwise leave it blank. Now select the target format you want from the “Output Format” menu. Right below that are the settings for audio and video codec. Choose the settings you desire. You can choose different audio/video codecs with different qualities and formats.  At the bottom of the window you can choose whether to rotate the video image or not. This might come in handy if you were shooting a video then found out later that you were holding that you were holding the camera upside down (or if you like to watch videos upside down which would be weird).

After you finish choosing the settings you want, hit “Transcode” to start the conversion process. It may take a while depending on the length of the video and the setting you choose. You will find the output file in under Videos in your Home directory. Easy, isn’t it?

Omar Hafiz is a geeky Linux user who loves customizing Ubuntu to fit his personal style. Whether it's the login screen or his Gnome panels, he's got them tweaked to perfection.

  • Published 09/9/11

Comments (6)

  1. cam2644

    Very useful info. Will try it out. Thanks

  2. nonosh

    Thanks for the Ubuntu tips. I’m slowly waiting until HTG can write enough Ubuntu articles like this one so that I can comfortably change my full time OS from Windows 7 to Ubuntu. I rely on Windows 7 for a handful of Windows-exclusive software (such as CCCP, Freemake, EAC, WinLAME, Winamp, TagScanner, Allway Sync, and PeerBlock), so I’m still scared of moving into Linux and trying to find similar software that is just as well designed/featured as the ones I listed.

  3. ubuntuLearner

    nice software.
    is there a way we could too?????

  4. sleeping cat

    I use Ubuntu 11 and have to say it was the best move I made my laptop runs faster and so far has never crashed, I all so like the Free software that you can download.

    Transmageddon is a great prog runs fine.

    sleeping cat.

  5. Kanj

    I use HandBrake. It’s the best program for video conversion/ DVD ripping if you don’t have clip video, rotate picture, etc. It has presets for ipad, ripping, etc. which are very useful if you want the best possible output without going into all the technical details of each codec. It’s now available for Ubuntu too. The default video editor in Ubuntu, PiTiVi does well too. It just lacks the presets. But it can clip, join and resize video.

  6. horizonguy

    installed on lubuntu (peppermint) – doesn’t work at all – just hangs when you hit the encode button.
    Handbrake works A-OK though on same system, go figure.

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