Other Video Transcoding
Other tools to transcode videos.
Hi, I'm Don Melton. I created these tools to transcode my collection of Blu-ray Discs and DVDs into a smaller, more portable format while remaining high enough quality to be mistaken for the originals.
Unlike my older Video Transcoding project, the
other-transcode tool in this package automatically selects a platform-specific hardware video encoder rather than relying on a slower software encoder.
Using an encoder built into a CPU or video card means that even Blu-ray Disc-sized media can be transcoded 5 to 10 times faster than its original playback speed, depending on which hardware is available.
But even at those speeds, quality is never compromised because the
other-transcode tool also selects the best ratecontrol system available within those encoders and properly configures that system. This is what sets it apart from other tools using hardware encoders.
other-transcode tool leverages FFmpeg, many hardware platforms are supported including:
And many features are supported including:
- High quality 10-bit HEVC encoding on recent generations of Nvidia and Intel hardware
- 8-bit HEVC encoding on other hardware platforms
- Hardware-based video decoding for improved performance
- Fallback to software video encoding when appropriate hardware is not available
- Optional automatic and reliable video cropping
- Adding audio and subtitle tracks by language or title
- Dolby Digital Plus (Enhanced AC-3) audio encoding
- Burning image-based subtitles into video output to ease player compatibility
Also included in this package is
ask-ffmpeg-log which reports temporal information from FFmpeg-generated
.log files containing encoding statistics.
Additional documentation for this project is available in the wiki.
These tools work on Windows, Linux and macOS. They're packaged as a Gem and require Ruby. See "Installing Ruby" if you don't have it on your platform.
Use this command to install the package:
gem install other_video_transcoding
And this command to update it:
gem update other_video_transcoding
The commands to install and update may need prefixing with
sudo on some platforms.
other-transcode tool in this package requires other software to function properly, specifically these command line programs:
Optional crop previewing also requires the
mpv command line program.
Additional documentation for installing these programs on Windows is available in the wiki.
Docker containers for Linux, including installation instructions, are available here:
On macOS, all of these programs can be easily installed via Homebrew, an optional package manager:
brew install ffmpeg brew install mkvtoolnix brew install mpv
ffprobe program is included within the
ffmpeg package and the
mkvpropedit program is included within the
Each tool in this package has several command line options. The
other-transcode tool is the most complex with over 50 of its own. Use
--help to list the options available for a specific tool, along with brief instructions on their usage:
More options for the
other-transcode tool are available with:
other-transcode --help more
And the full set of options is available with:
other-transcode --help full
other-transcode tool automatically determines target video bitrate, main audio track configuration, etc. without any command line options, so using it can be as simple as this on Windows:
Or this on Linux and macOS:
On completion that command creates two files in the current working directory:
.log file can be used as input to the
--hevc option to create HEVC video:
other-transcode --hevc C:\Rips\Movie.mkv
High quality 10-bit HEVC is automatically selected when using the Nvidia and Intel encoders.
--eac3 option to create Dolby Digital Plus audio:
other-transcode --eac3 C:\Rips\Movie.mkv
Please report bugs or ask questions by creating a new issue on GitHub. I always try to respond quickly but sometimes it may take as long as 24 hours.
This project would not be possible without my collaborators on the Video Transcoding Slack who spend countless hours reviewing, testing, documenting and supporting this software.