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Back in the Windows/Mac days, I used the wonderfully easy to use Miro Video Converter to convert videos I have into either the more open and Freerer Theora or WebM formats. Two problems:

(1) No Linux binary that I could use.

(2) No advanced options that let me control the conversion process, such as embedding subtitles.

Is there an alternative FLOSS on Linux that does this? Thanks!

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Do the sources of software in Where can I find Software for Unix/Linux that does X? help? – Gilles Feb 22 '11 at 0:29
Does help, I will try my search there. Thanks! In the meantime, if you know of a specific one that's good, please let me know, too. – hpy Feb 22 '11 at 0:54
Have to tried VLC? In general I find that VLC covers most of these sorts of needs. – Andrew Myers Feb 22 '11 at 2:50
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I'd suggest a frontend to ffmpeg. There are several out there, for example

Sinthgunt looks the most promising to me - it looks relatively discoverable, and comes with loads of preset formats to convert into.

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ffmpeg does both, of course............

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OP mentioned easy, and by that I think he is thinking GUI. So maybe you could at least point to a tutorial that de-mystifies ffmpeg. – Tshepang Feb 22 '11 at 5:32
@Tshepang - I would hope that anyone posting here would not require a GUI to make things easy for them. – Rob Feb 22 '11 at 12:17
Why's that? There's many tasks that are made easy by using a GUI. – Tshepang Feb 22 '11 at 12:26
How difficult can this be?: ffmpeg -i video.avi video.webm – Rob Feb 23 '11 at 16:30

It may depend on the device/format targets, but HandBrake is also an interesting tool for such tasks. It is a bit picky about output formats (only mkv and m4v), but works great if you can read those.

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