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    FFmpeg Alternatives

    FFmpeg is described as 'is the leading multimedia framework, able to decode, encode, transcode, mux, demux, stream, filter and play pretty much anything that humans and machines have created. It supports the most obscure ancient formats up to the cutting edge' and is a very popular Video Converter in the Audio & Music category. There are more than 25 alternatives to FFmpeg for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is HandBrake, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like FFmpeg are Avidemux (Free, Open Source), MKVToolnix (Free, Open Source), Shutter Encoder (Free, Open Source) and Adobe Media Encoder (Paid).

    This page was last updated Dec 1, 2021

    1. HandBrake is an open-source, multithreaded video transcoder – it compresses and converts digital media from one format to another. HandBrake can rip encrypted DVDs with libdvdcss (libdvdcss is installed with VLC media player on macOS, or AnyDVD/DVD 43 on Windows).
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      HandBrake vs FFmpeg opinions
      Almost everyone thinks HandBrake is a great alternative to FFmpeg.
      The best GUI for day to day video conversions
      Positive comment 9 months ago

      Handbrake can convert videofiles
      Positive comment about 6 years ago

      Propedia ffmpeg is codec pack, not transcoder.
      Negative comment about 6 years ago

    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Open source software without any restriction - converter all formats video|audio|image professionnals codecs and standards - swiss knife tool Windows and OSX.
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    5. Ingest, transcode, create proxies, and output to almost any format you can imagine. Automate your workflows with presets, Watch Folders, and Destination Publishing.
      Adobe Media Encoder vs FFmpeg opinions
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      altersoft Best pro media converter: you can use Autokroma Influx (FFmpeg-based) plugin to import any format that is not supported by default by Media Encoder and also use Voukoder (also FFmpeg-based) plugin that is 100% and can export to any format that is not supported by Media Encoder.
      Positive comment about 2 months ago


    6. StaxRip is a video encoding app for Windows with a unrivaled feature set and usability.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      DVDShrink is software to backup DVD discs. You can use this software in conjunction with DVD burning software of your choice, to make a backup copy of any DVD video disc.


      Development was discontinued in May 2005 resulting in the final version. Latest OFFICIAL Version,, can be downloaded from Filehippo.

    7. iFlicks is the best and most complete video and metadata handling solution available for macOS. There is no easier way to add you video files to iTunes or Plex, so you can watch them on your iOS devices or third party media players.
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    8. Video Transcoder is an application which uses the open source program ffmpeg to transcode video files from one format to another. By selecting the video to process, details for the video are provided and the desired settings can be configured.
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    9. Convert all your video to the latest and next generation video codec. The H.265 standard, able to produce same quality while reduce bandwidth up to 50%, which mean capable shrink half of original file size!
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