Multimedia & Composition


  • FFmpeg icon

    FFmpeg

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Website

    FFmpeg is an open source project that develops libraries and programs for handling multimedia data. FFmpeg is the home to libavcodec, a codec library used by a large spectrum of programs, and libavformat, a mux and demux library for containers. The project develops 4 command-line programs; ffmpeg, the central tool for transcoding multimedia files, as well as ffplay, a simple media player for previewing files, ffprobe, a profiling tool for scanning containers, and ffserver, a network streaming server.

    FFmpeg is published under the GNU Lesser General Public License 2.1+ or GNU General Public License 2+ (depending on which options are enabled).

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    MKVToolnix

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    MKVToolnix is a set of tools to create, alter and inspect Matroska files under Linux, other Unices and Windows. They do for Matroska what the OGMtools do for the OGM format and then some. The latest builds now have the ability to create WebM compliant Files.

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    DVDAuthorGUI

    Free Open Source Windows Website

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    DVDAuthorgui is a free and open source DVD authoring utility, frontend for the DVDAuthor project. It works with video files already formatted to MPEG-2.

    Features of DVDAuthorGUI include:

    multiple titles (pgc)
    multiple titleset menus (still and motion)
    m2v still creation
    chapters
    subtitles
    multiple audio streams
    basic navigation commands
    iso creation

    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.029, released in July 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    SubRip

    Free Open Source Windows Website

    SubRip is a software program for Windows which "rips" (extracts) subtitles and their timings from video. It is free software, released under the GNU GPL. SubRip is also the name of the widely used and broadly compatible subtitle text file format created by this software. Using optical character recognition, SubRip can extract from live video, video files and DVDs, then record the extracted subtitles and timings as a Subrip format text file. It can optionally save the recognized subtitles as bitmaps for later subtraction (erasure) from the source video.

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    Jazz++

    Free Open Source Windows Linux Website

    Jazz++ is a MIDI sequencer/composer. Create your own music.

    • Discontinued Last release Dec. 30, 2008.
  • MediaInfo icon

    MediaInfo

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com Website

    MediaInfo is a convenient unified display of the most relevant technical and tag data for video and audio files.

    • Bundleware The standard installer is bundled with adware, but the portable version is clean and adware free: http://www.videohelp.com/software/MediaInfo
  • Vorbis icon

    Vorbis

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Website

    Ogg Vorbis is a fully open, general-purpose compressed audio format for mid to high quality (8kHz-48.0kHz, 16+ bit, polyphonic) audio and music at fixed and variable bitrates from 16 to 128 kbps/channel. This places Vorbis in the same competitive class as audio representations such as MPEG-4 (AAC), and similar to, but higher performance than MPEG-1/2 audio layer 3, MPEG-4 audio (TwinVQ), WMA and PAC.

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    LAME

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    LAME is a high quality MPEG Audio Layer III (MP3) encoder licensed under the LGPL. It is considered the best MP3 encoder at mid-high bitrates and at VBR. Both quality and speed improvements are still happening, probably making LAME the only MP3 encoder still being actively developed.

    Mike Cheng started it as a patch against the 8hz-MP3 encoder sources. After some quality concerns raised by others, he decided to start from scratch based on the dist10 sources. His goal was only to speed up the dist10 sources, and leave its quality untouched. That branch (a patch against the reference sources) became Lame 2.0, and only on Lame 3.81 did we replaced of all dist10 code, making LAME no more only a patch.

    The project quickly became a team project. Mike Cheng eventually left leadership and started working on tooLame, an MP2 encoder. Mark Taylor became leader and started pursuing increased quality in addition to better speed. He can be considered the initiator of the LAME project in its current form. He released version 3.0 featuring gpsycho, a new psychoacoustic model he developed.

    In early 2003 Mark left project leadership, and since then the project has been lead through the cooperation of the active developers (currently 4 individuals).

    Links where the latest compiled binaries are always available:
    http://lame.sourceforge.net/links.php#Binaries
    http://www.rarewares.org/mp3-lame-bundle.php

  • FLAC icon

    FLAC

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android BSD Website

    FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. This is similar to how Zip works, except with FLAC you will get much better compression because it is designed specifically for audio, and you can play back compressed FLAC files in your favorite player (or your car or home stereo, see supported devices) just like you would an MP3 file.

    FLAC stands out as the fastest and most widely supported lossless audio codec, and the only one that at once is non-proprietary, is unencumbered by patents, has an open-source reference implementation, has a well documented format and API, and has several other independent implementations.

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    CDex

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

    CDex is a CD-Ripper, extracting digital audio data from an Audio CD. The application supports many Audio encoders, including WAV, MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, VQF, Musepack, APE, and many others.

    Several languages are supported.

    • Bundleware The installer contains adwares. Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
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    Avidemux

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com Website

    Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting.

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    Audacity

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com Website

    Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. You can use Audacity to record live audio, convert tapes and records, edit sound files, change the speed or pitch of a recording and much more.

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    Mp3tag

    Free Windows Wine Website

    Mp3tag is a powerful and yet easy-to-use tool to edit metadata of common audio formats where it supports ID3v1, ID3v2.3, ID3v2.4, iTunes MP4, WMA, Vorbis Comments and APE Tags.

    Main features:
    Batch Tag Editing
    Support for Cover Art
    Import from Amazon, discogs, freedb
    Full Unicode Support.

    Works in Linux under the Wine.

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    VirtualDub

    Free Open Source Windows PortableApps.com Website

    VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms (98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/7), licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters. VirtualDub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and also handle sets of BMP images.

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 1.10.4.35491, released on October 27, 2013, can be still downloaded from SourceForge
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    Aegisub

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Website

    Aegisub is an advanced subtitle editor for Windows, and UNIX-like systems, such as Linux, Mac OS X and BSD. It is open source software and free for any use.

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    WinFF

    Free Open Source Windows Linux Website

    WinFF is a GUI frontend and batch parser for the command-line multimedia tool Small FFmpeg iconFFmpeg. WinFF works by making a batch file that runs in the command-line, designed to launch the command-line tool with given settings from a preset. To query several files, WinFF adds launch functions in the same batch file to allow a seamless transition to the next conversion. Because of the vast format support of the command-line tool itself, this program supports any of its formats as a result (however, the included executable may not be up-to-date, so the user may need to download the Zeranoe builds to take advantage of the latest features).

    WinFF is written in Free Pascal and Lazarus, published under the GNU General Public License.

  • VLC Media Player icon

    VLC Media Player

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Windows RT Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Apple TV Kindle Fire Haiku Website

    VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework. Owned by the non-profit organization VideoLAN.

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    Subtitle Workshop

    Free Open Source Windows Website

    Movie subtitle editing and creation tool. Supports and converts between various subtitle formats. Features include video preview, a translator mode, several features to fix or optimize timing issues, errors in spelling or text format, etc.

    • Discontinued Last update in 2013, see https://sourceforge.net/projects/subworkshop/?source=navbar Newer commercial version: http://alternativeto.net/software/uruworks-subtitle-workshop-xe/
  • XMedia Recode icon

    XMedia Recode

    Free Windows Website

    XMedia Recode can convert nearly all popular audio and video formats including 3GP, 3GPP, 3GPP2, AAC, AC3, AMR, ASF, AVI, AVISynth, DVD, FLAC, FLV, H.261, H.263, H.264, M4A , M1V, M2V, M4V, Matroska (MKV), MMF, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, TS, TRP, MP2, MP3, MP4, MP4V, MOV, OGG, PSP, (S) VCD, SWF , VOB, WAV, WMA and WMV.

    XMedia Recode can only convert unprotected DVDs.

    Features

    Besides converting, XMedia Recode also has basic editing abilities
    Output to "Video and Audio", "Video only" or "Audio only"
    Copy video and/or audio tracks from input file (to avoid conversion)
    Presets (called Profiles) for various media devices (e.g. PS3, Xbox 360, iPhone, PSP, Zune and more)
    Different languages (German, English, French, Italian and Japanese)
    Includes a Bitrate-Calculator that can calculate the required video bitrate to achieve a desired filesize based on various Media (CD, DVD, memory cards, etc.) Allows users to choose a percentage of the media for fine controlling.
    Supports up to 2 Audio Tracks
    Displays basic media info about each video using MediaInfo. A more detailed view can be accessed from the right click context menu for each video.
    Supports batch processing when multiple videos are selected in the main interface (via ctrl+click or shift+click). Multiple highlighted jobs will all have the same conversion settings and multiple jobs will be added simultaneously.

    Video editing

    Cutting
    Cropping (manual and auto crop)
    Padding
    Color correction
    Deblocking
    Denoising
    Sharpening
    Channel inversion
    Grayscaling
    Deinterlacing
    Audio Channel Mapping
    Volume adjustment and audio normalization