> On Tue, 5 Oct 2010 18:58:05 +0200
> Jochen Schulz <email@example.com> wrote:
>> ffmpeg uses a fixed default for geometry (-s) and quality (-sameq,
>> -qscale, -vb etc.). You have to set both explicitly if you need anything
>> else (which you usually do).
> Thanks. Is there a tutorial for simple transcoding that you can
Unfortunately, no. My experience (limited to transcoding DVD material)
is that there is no single command line that delivers a good
quality/time trade-off for all input files.
> I don't have the time or interest for anything fancy, just
> basic transcoding between formats, preserving as much of the quality of
> the original as possible.
Check out Handbrake. It lets you choose from sensible presets, IIRC.
> And shouldn't there be a simple switch or option that does pretty much
> that, i.e., "change the format, but keep the size and quality as close
> as possible to the original"?
> And why on earth is the default behavior to multiply the size by a
> factor of four just to retain the same quality? Is mp4 really such an
> inferior format to flv that this is required to retain the level of
No, but encoding from one lossy format to another with as little loss as
possible is a task quite hard. In my opinion, -sameq has little or no
use for real-life usage. Use qscale or something like that and see what
> Apologies in advance if these are naive questions, but I know little
> about this, and transcoding seems to be a sufficiently complex and
> arcane subject that simple web searching will only take one so far.
Your impression matches mine.
Ultimately, the Millenium Dome is a spectacular monument of the
doublethink of our times.