Showing posts with label conversion tools. Show all posts
Showing posts with label conversion tools. Show all posts

Friday 23 November 2012

Video Transcoding With HandBrake In Linux

HandBrake is a GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder available for major platforms: linux, mac, and windows. HandBrake converts video from nearly any format to a handful of modern ones.

Handbrake can save output in two containers, MP4 and MKV and I've been using it as a MKV transcoder for a while and I'm quite satisfied with it. Even though the official wiki says its not a ripper, I can see it to be quite useful DVD ripper.

Handbrake is available in CLI (HandBrakeCLI) and GUI (ghb) mode. Hence this offers the flexibility to choose the appropriate version according to your linux personality. As of now, we can install HandBrake from PPA and the latest version is v. 0.9.8 released back in July this year.

HandBrake can be installed from PPA. Issue the following commands in your terminal

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install handbrake-cli

Or if you wish to install the GUI version, type:

$ sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk

I recommend using the CLI version since you can transcode/convert videos much more efficiently if you use the CLI version. But if you are not comfortable with the command line interfaces, the GUI version of HandBrake is also quite good.

Only problem I have felt is the naming convention of the commands for both the GUI and CLI versions of the tool. In order to run two versions of this tool, you need to type HandBrakeCLI for CLI version and ghb for the GUI version. The problem here is with the naming convention for the binaries. I mean, the names handbrake-cli and handbrake-gtk would be more straightforward than these badly chosen names. Otherwise, the tool does pretty good job of video conversion and can be good alternative if you are not comfortable with ffmpeg. Note that ffmpeg is also capable of video conversions of different formats and is a great tool. :)


Tuesday 14 September 2010

Few Online Docx to Doc conversion

With the release of the Microsoft Office 2007, the new XML formats were implemented for the office documents and the new file extensions with the added letter x were created, such as .docx, .pptx, .xlsx, etc. But, this new file format creates problem when the older versions of Microsoft Office are widely in use as the file formats such as .docx can't be opened by the older versions.

And, today I had the same problem when I had received the proposal sample of .docx format and had to open in my microsoft word 2003. Then, I started searching for the online conversion tools for converting .docx to .doc
While searching, I found some working websites for the conversion. This site offers you the conversion of various file formats including .docx to .doc. The service worked perfectly for me... Check the service at

Docx2Doc: This free web service allows you to convert Docx file format into Doc file by uploading your docx file and lets you download the converted doc file. Check the service at

Edit* This service also allows you to convert .docx file format to .doc. Check it at

If you happen to know any other such online converters, be sure to comment. I'll add them here.