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FF Multi Converter

September 10, 2013

When you even think of shifting from Windows to Linux, the first thought that’d stop you is…. Availability of softwares! Well, trust me on this one. There is nothing better than open source. For all the ‘most used’ softwares in Windows like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Flash, etc. you will definitely find a healthy and equally competitive free open source replacement in Linux, viz. GIMP, Pencil, respectively.

Xilisoft Video Converter is widely used in Windows for converting audio/video formats. Xilisoft provides presets for various devices like iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, etc. In Linux, you’ll find an amazing open source free software ‘FF Multi Converter’. It is rightfully a multi converter, because it allows you to convert between audio/video, images and documents as well. Here is a screen-shot of the GUI; very easy to operate, minimum options to scare you away (I guess they shouldn’t scare you away, you’ve already got Linux over Windows!).


FF Multi Converter isn’t available in Ubuntu’s software repository. It can be installed through the PPA repository (Personal Package Archive). For that you need to add PPA to your system, in order to permit download from their repository. This is a very easy-to-install set of commands. It also adds the launcher to your App panel.

$ sudo apt-get-repository ppa:ffmulticonverter/stable
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install ffmulticonverter

I tried converting a video file to an audio file and I got an error “encoder codec id 86017 not found in output stream”. There was, of course, no data in the converted output files. The problem might lie in the dependencies. The software obviously requires a number of codecs to perform the conversions and these might not be completely installed along with the software. I guess they assume you are done with installing the pre-requisite libraries. One such library is the avcodec library which I tried installing and it solved my problem.

For Ubuntu 11.10-above:
$ sudo apt-get install ffmpeg libavcodec-extra-52

For Ubuntu 11.04, 10.10, 10.04:
$ sudo apt-get install ffmpeg libavcodec-extra-53

This command must solve the problem. FF Multi Converter is a must try along with Handbrake of course. Here is a list of all the conversion formats that FF allows. For any other error while converting through FF Multi Converter, your comments are always welcome!

That’s all for today, Good Night!


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