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MediaCoder - free Open Source audio converter and extractor

Notes from ClifNotes • Updated Sep 2008, Feb 2008 • permalinkAudio Encoders and Converters


Mindblower wrote in with a review of MediaCoder. I tried this program briefly. It does way more than I need. Everything I tried seemed to work just fine. It's an Open Source freebie, so I'd never complain if it wasn't perfect.


Many people have complained that it's not user friendly and has too many settings. If you need something simpler, there are many other free options out there.


Review from Mindblower:

I've been looking for such a program (free as well), a video format converter which could convert (a TV series I d/l) with the rmbv extension to avi or divx (so it could be played via DVD player with DivX capabilities). Well this one is the cream of converters. It not only does a conversion (they refer to it as Transcode) but it can do an entire folder. I'm typing this review as I'm putting the program through the paces (so to speak). Tried it out yesterday, and only today did I notice many features which I skipped over yesterday (did just one conversion and to the wrong format - but for everyone reading this is excellent news). Highly recommend this program, and I do urge (strongly suggestion) that those wishing to try out this program, spend some time reading and understanding what all the tab settings can do. Will eliminate possible frustration (been there myself).


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Quote from the website

MediaCoder is a free universal batch media transcoder, which nicely integrates most popular audio/video codecs and tools into an all-in-one solution. With a flexible and extendable architecture, new codecs and tools are added in constantly as well as supports for new devices. MediaCoder intends to be the swiss army knife for media transcoding in all time and at this moment, it already has millions of users from 170+ countries all over the planet.


Features in brief:

• Convert to and from many audio and video compression formats and re-multiplex into various container formats in batches

• Full control over transcoding parameters, you can learn about audio/video encoding and play with various codecs

• Strong decoding capability for partial or corrupted contents

• Simplified UI for popular mobile devices (e.g. PSP, iPhone/iPod)

• Fully standalone, no dependance on system codecs/splitters

• Extension (scripting language) infrastructure to expand user interfaces and improve user experience



For those who don't want to install, there are quite a few free media conversion websites.

Here are three I've tried.