legal video conversion
November 18, 2008 9:32 PM Subscribe
I'd like to legally automate the conversion of quicktime .mov files videos to .flv, providing a drop box service, preferably under linux, but I'm getting tripped up on the first and last parts
posted by roue to computers & internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My users are requesting a simple video ingestion/conversion service and they don't want to use YouTube in an attempt to maintain control of their content.
There are plenty of tools that will take video file format x, y, and z and convert them to H.263/Sorensen Spark/H.264 .flv files. The obvious choices are ffmpeg / mencoder / vlc project libs. Unfortunately, to accomplish the conversion they have reverse engineered U.S. patent restricted commercial codecs (please correct me if I'm wrong). Since I'll be doing this in a professional capacity, I'd like it to be completely in compliance with the law.
So I guess my question is three fold:
1. What's the cheapest way I can legally do quicktime to flv conversion?
2. If I've got a choice, what's the best codec to use for web distribution?
3. What automatable software would you recommend?
We can probably afford to spend some money, but not, for instance, the $3000 On2 wants for it's conversion tools. Also, we have Adobe CS3 Flash and Flash Video Encoder, but I was unable to find a way to script them (on Mac) to do a conversion. Last, if at all possible I'd like to avoid really hacky solutions like "this cool app that records mouse movments and lets you play them back..."