ffmpegmenu - transcode videos from your file manager

KDE users, here's a neat application that creates a 'service' in your file manager that allows you to easily convert videos to other formats using ffmpeg.

ffmpegmenu is what you need. After copying the simple script into the right directory, an action will appear in the sidebar of either Konqueror or Dolphin (your choice), which easily allows you to convert selected video to DVD, MPEG or into iPod format with a couple of clicks.

The script itself is very simple, such that it's definitely possible to edit it to customise the commands it runs to make your own ffmpeg conversion options. It does require you have ffmpeg and the necessary codecs to convert to DVD, MPEG and iPod already installed, as it is just a loader which calls ffmpeg. But enough of that, how do you actually install the script?

Well, first of all, download it from KDE-Apps, direct download link here.

When that file opens, save it as ffmpegmenu.desktop and put it on your desktop. All we now need to do is to copy the file into place.

You'll probably need to be root to do this, so run su - first (or Ubuntu users, prefix the cp command below with sudo).

# cd /home/yourusername/Desktop
# cp ffmpegmenu.desktop /usr/share/apps/konqueror/servicemenus
# cp ffmpegmenu.desktop /usr/share/apps/d3lphin/servicemenus

Feel free to omit either the Konqueror or Dolphin command depending on whether you want this installed in one, the other, or both. Once installed, highlighting a .avi file should show the following in the sidebar (this screenshot from Dolphin):

ffmpegmenu in action

And it's done!

If you want to uninstall, simply remove the ffmpegmenu.desktop files as root, like so:

# rm /usr/share/apps/konqueror/servicemenus
# rm /usr/share/apps/d3lphin/servicemenus

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Discussion: ffmpegmenu - transcode videos from your file manager

  1. SJT (guest)

    # Posted on 28 November 2007 at 09:08 AM

    Does anyone know of something similar for Windows or Mac ?

  2. Tim (guest)

    # Posted on 28 November 2007 at 12:11 PM

    @SJT: No. This is a reason to switch to Linux. Download Ubuntu NOW (if you want to). Thank you.

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  7. Ivan (guest)

    # Posted on 29 November 2007 at 01:53 PM

    A little bit newbieness here. I am with Ubuntu, using Gnome and I don't think I have Konqueror or Dolphin. Can I still use this?

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  9. Iain (guest)

    # Posted on 30 November 2007 at 04:54 PM


    This link will give you some options: http://www.pricelesswarehome.org/2006/PL2006MULTIMEDIA.php#AVEditor

  10. Iain (guest)

    # Posted on 30 November 2007 at 05:08 PM

    This link is much better:


  11. NuclearPeon (guest)

    # Posted on 25 April 2008 at 06:10 AM

    It was my friend who actually brought this review to my attention. I just wanted to say Thank You for reviewing it, along with an update. I'm currently working on a full-fledged GUI for the ffmpeg back-end. When I'm done, perhaps you could honour me with another review?

    Regardless, one reason I chose ffmpeg over Mencoder is because there were no GUI's for it when I looked except for Windows and Apple.

    By the way, if anyone wants an ffmpeg GUI, Super (Win) or ffmpegX (Apple) are fairly popular.

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