Mac video conversion from command line?

Mark Schonewille m.schonewille at
Fri Nov 11 13:46:01 EST 2011

Hi Phil,

I use QuickTime or VLC to convert movies to web-compatible formats. VLC may also work from the command line. I have also used ffmpeg but this is ridiculously complicated. Usually, if the goal is to embed a movie on a website, I just upload it to Vimeo and embed the Vimeo movie on the website.

There are gazillions of GUI's for ffmpeg already. You could try to do better than your predecessor. If you succeed, then it'll be very rewarding.

Best regards,

Mark Schonewille

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On 11 nov 2011, at 19:35, Phil Davis wrote:

> Hey People,
> Do you use a command line tool of some sort on your Mac to convert .mov files to web formats? I sure would like to hear about it.
> I'm expecting that I need to end up with several file types as described in this piece of advice from the web:
> Make one version that uses WebM (VP8 + Vorbis).
> Make another version that uses H.264 baseline video and AAC “low complexity” audio in an MP4 container.
> Make another version that uses Theora video and Vorbis audio in an Ogg container.
> Here is the advice source:
> Thanks for your input! My goal is to create a LC front end to manage the commandline-driven coversion process.
> -- 
> Phil Davis
> PDS Labs
> Professional Software Development

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