Transmageddon: Linux video transcoder

Transmageddon is a fresh video converter for Linux. It uses GStreamer in the backend. The author has announced the first release yesterday. The goal of this software is to provide a very easy interface to users for transcoding videos into formats recognized by their devices. As this is just the first release there are many exciting features in the TODO list which are yet to be implemented. One of the features already implemented is video rotation which is very useful but not commonly exposed by GUI based transcoder interfaces. Transmageddon supports all formats supported by GStreamer.

To install Transmageddon on Ubuntu, run:

$ sudo apt-get install transmageddon

Webpage: Transmageddon

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