Vector 22: Don Melton on transcoding video

Don Melton, former Engineering Director of Internet Technologies at Apple, talks about his non-browser-based passions - Blu-Ray, transcoding, H.264, and managing massive amounts of media. Warning: Contains extreme nerdery.

Show notes

  • transcode-video.sh: Don Melton's shell script for OS X to transcode a video file (works best with Blu-ray or DVD rip) into MP4 (or optionally Matroska) format, with configuration and at bitrate similar to popluar online downloads. Requires HandBrakeCLI and mediainfo executables.
  • detect-crop.sh: Don Melton's shell script for OS X to detect crop values for a video file to use with mplayer and transcode-video.sh. Requires mplayer and mediainfo executables.
  • convert-mp4-to-mkv.sh: Don Melton's shell script for OS X to convert an MP4 video file into Matroska format with a single audio track. Requires mkvmerge executable.
  • HandBrake and HandBrakeCLI: Convert video from nearly any format.
  • HandBrake and HandBrakeCLI: nightly builds.
  • MediaInfo: Display technical and tag data for video and audio files.
  • MKVToolNix: Tools for Matroska, including mkvmerge.
  • MPlayer: Media utilities and player.
  • Homebrew: Package manager for OS X to install MPlayer, MediaInfo and MKVToolNix.
  • MakeMKV: Convert/rip video that you own into the portable and open Matroska format.
  • Plex
  • XBMC
  • OpenELEC (Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center)
  • X264 Settings
  • Scene Rules: warez)

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