Quickly Convert Ogg Theora to Flash Video

Encoding video from one format to another isn't generally considered the most fun job in the world.

One of the video encoding tasks we need to do here for FOSSwire video posts is converting recordMyDesktop Ogg Theora video files into Flash format for the inline player (unfortunately, a necessarily evil).

Traditionally, this would mean dropping to the command line and hand-feeding the encoding instructions to a program like ffmpeg or mencoder.

Ubuntu user JeanClaude (also known as siafulinux) has put together a script for GNOME's File Manager (Nautilus) that makes the Theora to FLV encoding process really simple.

The script can be downloaded here and requires GNOME, Zenity and the video encoding tool mencoder to be installed.

Once you've downloaded the script, you simply extract the file, and double-click install in the extracted folder (choose Run if asked). This drops the script into the right folder.

Running installer

Now, to convert an Ogg Theora video file to Flash, with default settings, you simply do the following.

Browse to the Ogg Theora source video.

Right-click the source video. On the menu, choose Scripts > Ogv to Flv Converter.

Run converter from context menu

Wait while the conversion happens. When it's done, you will have a nice shiny Flash video file, ready for distributing via the web.

Converting file dialogue

It really is an extremely simple and handy way to very quickly convert a video to Flash video and could easily save a lot of time if you're frequently working with video on Linux.

There are, obviously, plenty of situations where you want more control over the conversion settings, but as a quick two-click solution, Ogv to Flv is a win.

Kudos should go to the developer for making this little script not only really easy to use, but also very simple to install.

If you want to see Ogv to Flv Converter in action, watch this YouTube video made by the author.

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Discussion: Quickly Convert Ogg Theora to Flash Video

  1. Hampton (guest)

    # Posted on 21 October 2008 at 01:40 PM

    Good news! Since we are all running Free Software desktops, you can post the videos in Ogg Theora format, now. No need for further recommendations of redistributing illicit Mpeg-license-restricted codecs!

  2. Hampton (guest)

    # Posted on 21 October 2008 at 03:25 PM

    Also - upload an Ogg-Theora-encoded video to BLIP.tv and they will immediately convert it to Flash Player Video format and host both formats online. This sounds like an ideal solution for you, to make videos available in both Theora and Flash formats.

  3. # Posted on 21 October 2008 at 03:44 PM

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  4. sportember (guest)

    # Posted on 08 November 2008 at 05:25 AM

    Ok, btw. did you know, that the video and audio encoded in FLV files are in patented formats most of the time? For example the most although not necessarily used audio codec for FLV is the MP3 encoding, which has some dozen technological patents behind it's back in many countries. The same applies for many video codecs.

    While it is unlikely that Thomson Media will sue Oratos or others from the blogging community, it is much better to use a patent-free solution, especially if it is already available.

    You should consider OGG from the beginning to the end-user: http://www.unix-ag.uni-kl.de/~fischer/blog/20071230_Ogg_Theora_Applet_instead_of_Flash/

  5. R (guest)

    # Posted on 24 February 2009 at 01:39 PM

    Thank you for this nice script!! =)



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