Just discovered HandBrake video encoder. It is free software encoder that allows you to convert your videos into various video formats. Whether you are sharing videos on Youtube, Vimeo or transferring them to portable devices like iPod, iPhone and Android based devices. HandBrake is the tool for you and its cross platform video encoder that also available on Windows and Mac.
Why use HandBrake, when you got powerful video encoders like mencoder, ffmpeg. Well, I find HandBrake interface far more intuitive, it does not expect the user to know a lot of video encoding or use arcane command line options.
How to install HandBrake on Ubuntu
You can get the HandBrake packages from John Stebbins HandBrake PPA.
# Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid sudo apt-add-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-snapshots sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk # Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick # Add a deb line to your /etc/apt/sources.list & Get the publickey deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/handbrake-snapshots/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk