curlew: the only Linux multimedia converter you may ever need!

All the multimedia converters I have tried till date either use ffmpeg or mencoder. And sometimes I prefer using the cmdline to handle certain operations at a granular level. Probably I won’t need to do that anymore, thanks to curlew! This tiny (less than 512KB) GUI front-end to both mencoder and ffmpeg is hell of a utility for newbies and advanced users alike. Currently it is under heavy development. Because of the combined power of the two industry standard multimedia engines curlew can easily challenge any other software belonging to the same category. The only option I couldn’t find right now is the ability to join audio and video streams together. But this becomes insignificant considering its current features:

  • Supports 100+¬†multimedia¬†formats
  • Can handle audio and video separately
  • Basic and advanced modes. The advanced mode allows lot of fine-tuning
  • A very simple user interface
  • Convert only a specific duration
  • Add subtitles
  • Pre-packaged for some of the major Linux distros


$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install curlew

Webpage: curlew

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