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Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by ecoalex » Sat Jan 23, 2016 7:54 pm

What app will convert MP4 videos to .AMV ?

Would FFMPEG work?

Thanks

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Re: Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by PeterRJG » Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:33 am

According to the Wiki article for AMV, the newer versions of ffmpeg should do the trick.

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Re: Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by phd21 » Sun Jan 24, 2016 3:59 pm

Hi "ecoalex",

I just read your post and the good reply to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

Why do you need to do this? How many, and how big are the original video mp4 video files, approximately?

Numerous online tools for this in link below. Note, sometimes online websites have video size limits.
https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en#hl=e ... conversion

One Link suggested that "Handbrake" might be able to do this, and it is in the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM).

Convert any video to AMV format using ffmpeg
https://moralvolcano.wordpress.com/2014 ... ng-ffmpeg/

Converting videos to AMV format using Linux
http://massimomusante.blogspot.com/2009 ... using.html



- use the PPA instructions below to get current FFmpeg.
- Download link for "amv-codec-tools"
https://github.com/tomvanbraeckel/amv-codec-tools


To install the current version of FFmpeg:
To install this using the PPA method, open a console terminal, type in, or copy & paste, each line below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kirillshkrogalev/ffmpeg-next
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ffmpeg


* ffmpeg AMV conversions [Solved]
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-8 ... art-0.html

How to convert video into AMV format
https://code.google.com/p/amv-codec-too ... nvertToAMV

Re: How to convert AMV video files (Need AMV Converter)
http://stream-recorder.com/forum/conver ... c68e23d3d&

Hope this helps ...
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Re: Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by RonC » Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:02 am

phd21 wrote:One Link suggested that "Handbrake" might be able to do this, and it is in the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM).
Is there any reason why both the LinuxMint Software Manager (and SPM) are showing version 0.9.9 build1 of Handbrake, when its home page is offering a download of ... version 0.10.3?

Is there a problem with running the current version on Mint v17? I am wondering why the repo appears to be lagging by quite this much ... must be for some good reason?

If not, I'm tempted to try the current version, which promises bug fixes.

:?: Or, will I be causing problems -- by going outside of the distro's repo?
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Re: Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by RonC » Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:53 am

I've been searching the forum for where to post requests for updating the Mint repo, and came up with this:
toolz wrote:It should be made clear that the lag is going to be quite long/very long even for some vulnerable apps. Secondly a lot of apps in the repos will be almost unusable and will likely not get updated either. Often the best course for most users is to dig up the PPA and use that.
Handbrake seems to be a reputable and popular program and I expect the 'Ubuntu' version should give Mint no problems? So perhaps this may be helpful to those who are following this thread?
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Re: Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by phd21 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:37 pm

Hi "RonC"

Considering that there are tens of thousands of programs, or more, in the repositories (repos) (software manager and synaptic package manager), it is not surprising to me that there are "lags" in updating them. We all wish there was not, but overall, they (Linux Mint people) do a wonderful job .

It is always recommended to first look for and install software through the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM).

And, although some people deride the use of PPA's, I am not one of them. There are very good sources for software and their updates available by using a PPA for software that is in the repos, and for software that is not in the repos. But as with any software you install, it is up to you to monitor, or research, whether it is what you want, or whether it will conflict with some other software in your system. Linux Mint will usually tell you if there is a conflict, or if installing something is going to remove a lot of other stuff you may not want removed; so watch the screen. You can usually un-install (remove) something, if it does not install well, or is not what you want, and that includes removing a PPA. There are some PPA's that are "stable", or "unstable", or "Development" or "nightly" or "daily" builds (bleeding edge and possibly unstable), or for specific versions of their software, or are just so old to not work well with current versions of Mint. There are also other people, and web places, that maintain PPA's for the same software, so there can also be conflicts if more than one PPA has the same software as another PPA. I go through great lengths to do my research on these before I recommend anything in this forum (I spend a lot of time and effort doing so).

HandBrake 0.10.2 Version (or newer version) Released, Install in Ubuntu/Linux Mint via PPA (11-30-=2015)
http://www.noobslab.com/2015/11/handbra ... r-all.html
To install this using the PPA method, open a console terminal, type in, or copy & paste, each line below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk


For example: the superb "VLC" multi-media player has a great "Daily Stable" PPA, and a great "Daily Master" PPA. Their "Daily Stable" PPA will probably install VLC v2.x, whereas their "Daily Master" PPA will probably install VLC v3.x, which has more features. Tip: do not forget to install VLC's plug-ins too, check the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM) after installing from the PPA.

Install The Latest VLC In Ubuntu Via PPA (WebUpd8)
http://www.webupd8.org/2013/06/install- ... a-ppa.html
To install this using the PPA method, open a console terminal, type in, or copy & paste, each line below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/stable-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-*

or
Daily Master, or Nightly builds, unstable...
http://nightlies.videolan.org/#ubuntu

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/master-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-*



*** FYI: A lot of software maintainers, including PPA sites, will also provide easy to install ".deb" files, which you just download and double click to install. ***

Another example: With one of my favorite, and excellent, music streaming programs "StreamTuner2", the version in the repositories does not work on my system, and has not been updated in the repos, but their version from their site does work well. There is an easy to download and install ".deb" file. In this case, there is not a PPA for recent updates, but the software can update itself.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/streamtuner2/


Hope this helps ...
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[SOLVED] Re: Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by ecoalex » Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:52 pm

Thanks to all who replied to my post- very interesting responses.

My situation- I got a cheap MP3 player $36 for a 32Gb device. It does music, photos, videos, messages, radio, data.
It is very good and the price is attractive.No app needed to drag and drop files into it, which is nice.
It does need videos to be in .AMV format , why my query.I will try HandBrake, It isn't in the SM it is in the PM. I'll use the command line to install, and give it a try.

Thanks for the discussion, and suggestions, much appreciated :)

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Re: [SOLVED] Re: Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by phd21 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 3:15 pm

Hi "ecoalex",

You are most welcome.

Please let us know which method, or methods, that you found to work with your device. It would also be nice if you could provide a link maybe to which device it is, so that we can take a look at it, because that is a good deal even if it only uses the .amv format for videos ...

I think most people within the last couple years are just using really nice smart phones which can also play all the multi-media files in almost any formats.

There is a possibility that the new version of FFmpeg provided by the PPA may do this by itself now, but I could not find any articles on doing that. The command line methods using the "amv codec tools" converter plug-in are known to work, but certain devices may only use certain video resolution formats. The online sites should work as well, and they are usually pretty quick, sometimes quicker than your local computer.
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Re: Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by ecoalex » Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:15 pm

Hi, the device was a lecmal MP3,MP4 player under $35, I got it on Amazon.It works well but the .AMV video that came loaded on it wouldn't play on most video players in Mint 17, it did play on VLC, but the video was extremely poor quality.
I was curious as to what I could load into it with 32Gbs I loaded all my favorite music files , and barely made a dent, over 1000 files. I hook it up to a desktop speaker set-up in the shop,It is plenty loud, the quality very good.

I tried the install of FFMPEG from command line, I was able to get to the install command , but it wouldn't install due to a target problem. I will try again tomorrow morning when I have bonus bandwidth (Hughes sat ISP ) and take a screen shot of the error message.I had to scram in the process , duty called.Tomorrow, tomorrow ;)

I am very hesitant to install anything not in the SM or Synaptic.I've had conflict problems, and some other bugs that were not resolved by uninstalling.

Thanks all input much appreciated. The Mint forum is tops, a great community ;)

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Re: Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by ecoalex » Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:21 pm

I copied and pasted the ffmpeg command lines for ffmpeg.
This time it appears all commands successful, but ffmpeg isn't in the menu under audio/video.
How do I know if it did install? Here is the final data in terminal after the install command .

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1547/2435 ... a222_b.jpg

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Re: Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by phd21 » Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:39 pm

Hi "ecoalex",

There are a lot of programs that do not show up in menus, but are installed and used by other programs. "FFmpeg" is one of these. There are numerous "front-end" Gui type programs that do use FFmpeg as a "backend" to process video and audio, or to convert them, like "WinFF" and many others. You can tell if "FFmpeg" is installed by typing in from a console terminal prompt, "FFmpeg -h", the " -h" for help also works for other programs; Or, by typing in locate "ffmpeg" to see where programs are located in your system.

Because the ".amv" video format is not used much, I doubt most programs that use "FFmpeg", like WinFF, will have that option available even after installing the "amv" plug-in codecs. But, per the instructions from the other links, you should now be able to run "those commands" from the console terminal now and convert your ".mp4" video files into ".amv" files.

Hope this helps ...
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Re: Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by ecoalex » Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:43 pm

Thanks. I am not proficient myself at working from command lines,my vision is one problem, not experienced working with them is another.I've had mixed successes. I think unless I can find an app that has .AMV in it's offering for conversion, I'll have to pass.I checked 3 apps I have installed, like you said, none offer conversion , I do some audio and video conversions using Winff FFmulticonverter HandBrake .The cheap mp3 device works well with photos, music, so I'll leave it at that, unless an installable app is found.

Thanks again for your time explaining this issue to me.

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Re: Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by phd21 » Thu Jan 28, 2016 3:04 am

Hi "ecoalex"

You are welcome.

You never did say how large these videos are, or how many of these you want to convert, even though I understand this may be an ongoing thing to do for this device.

Have you tried the online website converters from the links I provided? That would be easy to do.

ConvertFiles.com
http://www.convertfiles.com/convert/vid ... o-MP4.html

You should be able to adjust the fonts, their size, and colors to your liking (or needs) even in the console terminal in Linux Mint.

Normally, most video and audio formats can be easily converted from one format to another using any of the really good multi-media converters available to install, or by using the many online websites.

Hope this helps ...
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Re: Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by RonC » Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:12 pm

phd21 wrote:Hi "RonC"
...
It is always recommended to first look for and install software through the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM).

And, although some people deride the use of PPA's, I am not one of them. There are very good sources for software and their updates available by using a PPA for software that is in the repos, and for software that is not in the repos. ...

Hope this helps ...
Thanks for the cheerful, informative and upbeat tutorial on using PPA's! This is more in line with what I have been doing, but I had read in a different Mint forum that some go overboard and so descend into 'PPA Hell' :twisted: -- or so the thread said. I shall take your advice and continue to 'PPA' when necessary -- but if I'm suspicious, I take an extra 'SystemBack' image just before installing, just in case.
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Re: Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by phd21 » Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:54 pm

Hi "RonC"

You are welcome.

You can also ask people in this forum if there is a PPA that you want to use for something, and you are not sure of, and if anyone else has used it, and what their experience is with it.

Have a great day or night or both...
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Re: Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by LinuxJim » Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:11 pm

RonC wrote:
phd21 wrote: Is there a problem with running the current version on Mint v17? I am wondering why the repo appears to be lagging by quite this much ... must be for some good reason?
[...]
will I be causing problems -- by going outside of the distro's repo?
My method is to remove the repo version, go grab the source for the latest and greatest, compile it, and install into /usr/local. There are only 1/2 dozen or so programs that I've really needed to do that for under Mint. The downside is that you're now responsible for updating it if/when you need to.

Something like handbrake is no problem. It's only when you change something that is deeply integrated into the Mint ecosystem that troubles could crop up...

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Re: Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by RonC » Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:56 am

Another post, with good pointers on how and when it's OK to use PPA's or -- in this case -- compile from source.
:D Thanks!!
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Re: Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by phd21 » Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:42 am

Hi "ecoalex",

I was reading another post, and came across a very interesting option that might be available for you and your mp3/mp4 player. I also went back and looked at your device's specifications on Amazon.com; From what I read this can play "mp4" video files, so I do not know why you needed the ".amv" format? Did you ever try the .mp4 to .amv web conversion websites that I mentioned before?
https://www.google.com/#q=convert+mp4+t ... ree+online

Anyway, It might be possible to change the mp3/mp4 player's firmware to make it better. Thanks to a reply by user "ganamant", I now know that there is an "open source" replacement firmware (software) for music players that looks really good. Perhaps you can email them, or peruse their website, to see if the "Rockbox" would work on your "Lecmal Economic Mp3 Mp4 Player". Maybe suggest that they provide a version for this make of mp3/mp4 player, if it does not work already. I did a quick search on their site and did not see your model.

Rockbox is a free replacement firmware for digital music players. It runs on a wide range of players
http://www.rockbox.org/

What is Rockbox? Why should I use it?
http://www.rockbox.org/wiki/WhyRockbox

Hope this helps ...
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Re: Need to Convert MP4 Video to .AMV

Post by Arthur8222 » Mon Apr 25, 2016 3:11 am

phd21 wrote:Hi "RonC"

You are welcome.

You can also ask people in this forum if there is a PPA that you want to use for something, and you are not sure of, and if anyone else has used it, and what their experience is with it.

Have a great day or night or both...

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