Ubuntu Restricted Extras Alternatives

    Ubuntu Restricted Extras is described as 'Ubuntu's commitment to only include completely free software by default means that proprietary media formats are not configured 'out of the box'' and is an app in the Audio & Music category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Ubuntu Restricted Extras for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and Xfce. The best alternative is FFmpeg, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Ubuntu Restricted Extras are MPlayer (Free, Open Source), Adobe Media Encoder (Paid), Video Transcoder (Free, Open Source) and Voukoder (Free).

    This page was last updated Nov 27, 2020

    1. 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.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • AmigaOS
      • Xfce
      • MorphOS
      MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems (see the documentation). It plays most MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs.


    2. Adobe Media Encoder is a standalone video encoding application that lets users encode audio and video in a variety of distribution formats. It comes with Adobe’s main video editing applications, Adobe After Effects, and...
    3. 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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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      Voukoder is system wide video- and audio encoding service for Windows that improves your media encoding experience. It supports various encoders (both CPU and GPU based) and also provides a set of post processing filters.


      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Xfce
      GStreamer is a library for constructing graphs of media-handling components. The applications it supports range from simple Ogg/Vorbis playback, audio/video streaming to complex audio (mixing) and video (non-linear editing) processing.
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    4. Convert videos between all the popular media formats at high speed and quality, share on YouTube and Facebook, and extract audio with ease. Choose the standard version or step up to Pro for added DVD burning and ripping power.
    5. Whether your content is consumed on tablets, smartphones, TVs or set-top boxes – or delivered through different channels, such as broadcast, cable, satellite, the Internet or IPTV – TotalCode Studio has you covered.
    6. Total Video Converter is a High-Definition, Fast and Expert video converter and toolbox. It is more than video conversion. With so many features offered, this Video Converter is the complete solution for you to enjoy multimedia life.
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    7. AnotherGUI is a graphical front-end for audio/video command line converter (such as ffmpeg/ffmbc). Main features: parallel batch processing (better usage of multi core/threads CPU's). support of complexes options in presets (compatible with studio and professional settings).
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