ffmpegX is a Mac OS X graphic user interface designed to easily operate more than 20 powerful Unix open-source video and audio processing tools including ffmpeg the "hyper fast video and audio encoder" (http://ffmpeg.sf.net/), mpeg2enc the open-source mpeg-2 encoder and multiplexer (http://mjpeg.sf.net/MacOS/)and mencoder the mpeg-4 encoder with subtitles support(http://sf.net/projects/mplayerosx).
Please note: the ffmpegX project is not associated with the ffmpeg project, and support emails about ffmpegX should not be sent to the ffmpeg project !
As simple as 1.2.3 : Drop a file, choose a destination format, and click "Encode".
Reads the following input formats: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DIVX, XviD, non-encrypted VOB and VIDEO_TS, Quicktime .MOV, .DV, .WAV, Real Audio, Real Video, H.263, MP4 H.264, PGM, YUV, PPM, AC3, PCM8/16 bits, mulaw/Alaw, WMA-1/2, SUN AU format, MP2, MP3, AAC, 3GP, FPS1, ALAC, and even more formats
Converts the above formats to DivX, AVI XviD, H.264 MP4, MOV, DV, 3GP, Sony PSP, MP2, MP3, AAC, AC3, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, VCD, CVD, SVCD, KVCD, KSVCD, DVD, KDVD and MPEG-TS with complete control over encoding options.
Includes a full-featured universal video player (mplayer) supporting VOB and text subtitles, with choice of fonts, font sizes and international text encodings including Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Greek and more.
Supports subtitles in VobSub, SubRip, MicroDVD, SubViewer, Sami, VPlayer, RT, SSA, AQTitle, JACOsub and MPsubt formats
Allows creation of DVD selectable subtitles
Includes a subtitle converter with OCR from VOB image format to SRT text format.
Includes a bitrate calculator to control best image quality and target filesize.
Includes an automatic crop tool.
Includes aseries of video tools like split, join, fix, mux, demux.
Compresses a non-encrypted DVD to 4GB without reencoding it.
Reauthors SVCD as DVD.
Creates DVD image files from VIDEO_TS folders.
Converts SRT subtitles to DVD Studio Pro 1.5 format.
Creates AVI or MPG files with two audio tracks.
Authorsas VCD or K/XVCD (.bin/.cue files for burning with Toast by dropping the .bin into VCD window).
Authors as SVCD, CVD or K/XSVCD (two .img files to be burned in Toast under Multitrack XA window).
Authors as DVD (/DVD/ folder for burning in Toast DVD mode, and .img file for burning in Disk Image app or Toast disk image mode).
MacFormat Magazine 144: "ffmpegX is a brilliant shareware utility"
versiontracker.com: "FIAT LUX. I was an avid Windows user as for over 10 years. Even after buying a MAC I was an avid Windows user as it was the only platform that could handle conversion of multiple formats, especially the way MPEG was handled. After 2 months being converted to a MAC and 1 week of finding ffmpegX, I have finally dismantled my PC and sold it on ebay."
Paul Hagstrom:" It's certainly possible to use all of the tools ffmpegX wraps on your own by downloading them, compiling them, and running them from the command line, but it is a several-stage process with lots of trial and even more error .... Major has taken the guesswork out of encoding, and has kept it very usable, very configurable, and very up-to-date. Plus, he's been very responsive to feature requests and all other questions on his support forum. It's well worth the shareware price, if nothing else for the time and aggravation you'll save yourself"
Mac OS X 10.3 or higher (an older version 0.0.9k is available for Mac OS X 10.2).
To playback mpeg-2, use VLC, mplayer or the apple mpeg-2 player component. To comply with applicable laws and licensing terms, the mpeg2enc, mencoder and mplayer components are not distributed with ffmpegX, and must be downloaded and installed separately. In addition, to comply with copyright laws, ffmpegX doesn't allow to select a DVD disk device as input and doesn't contain any DVD decryption software. Please make sure that you comply with all laws applicables in your country concerning copyright protection.
Why ffmpegX? I needed a software to quickly encode to SVCD and DivX-compatible formats in order to archive my family movies. Not so much time ago, there was no method available for MacOS apart from some freaky process involving PC emulation. When OSX was introduced, it became possible to run Unix command line tools like ffmpeg, mpeg2enc and vcdimager. However, operation in command line mode was time consuming. Some GUIs popped out for each tool from pioneers like Ross, Henry Mason and Jesper Nillson, but still, many apps were required to go through a full encoding and authoring process. So I decided to control all components with a single GUI. The result was good enough for myself, and also seemed useful to others, so I spent some time for improving it and creating this site. Other great apps now exist, like 42, DiVa, OpenShiiva, Sizzle, and many others. Please check them, as they could be better for you either in general or for specific uses. You have now five exciting options about ffmpegX, 1/Try it, 2/Use it and register, 3/Trash it, 4/Don't trash it but don't use it, 5/Trash your computer and go to planet Zorg (where I'm currently located) for some holidays.