A cool GUI application for conversion of media for mobile devices

Scott Lavender scottalavender at gmail.com
Mon Sep 27 13:37:16 BST 2010

2010/9/26 Tobiasz Karoń <unfa00 at gmail.com>

> Hello there!
> This is what I found, give it a try:
> http://www.miksoft.net/mobileMediaConverter.htm
> http://www.miksoft.net/mobileMediaConverterDown.htm
> I couldn't find this program in any repository, I think it is worth getting
> into some Ubuntu repos to be downloadable with package managers.
> This is a nice functional tool with pretty animated GUI. It is simple to
> use, but powerful. I tried to do all my jobs with command-line usage of
> ffmpeg but I failed on some things like mp4 videos with aac sound  - this
> app does it just like that and it is the only one I found out there that
> does without any need to hunt for some special packages.
> It's multiplatform and open source. Ubuntu 32-bit .dep package is there for
> download. There's no 64-bit one.
> Would you mind including this tool in next Ubuntu Studio release? That
> would require to compile it for 64-bit architecture though. I think many
> people who want to release their videos for in many formats would be happy
> to see this on board, also those who (like me) just want to grab some videos
> and watch them on their mobile gear would be happy too :-)
> Best regards :-)
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Hello Tobiasz,

There are several aspects about your request that I would like to address.

The first is that there are other applications already in Ubuntu that most
likely provide the same functionality, such as Handbrake as Asmo pointed
out.  I did not read extensively at the website you linked, nor did I test
the software, so this is presumption on my part, but I would not be
surprised if Handbrake, which I have tested and used, does not meet your
expectations and needs.  So my initial suggestion is to try Handbrake, or
any others that might be suggested.

The second is the division between getting something into Ubuntu and
inclusion in Ubuntu Studio, as the two are very distinct, and separate,
process.  I apologize if you are already aware of this, but I do not want
you laboring under any misconceptions.

Any application must go through a process for it to be included in the
official archives (repositories) in Ubuntu.  This process verifies that the
applications has been packaged correctly and that it does not contain any
security concerns, among other considerations.  I should note that packaging
correctly is rather important, if for no other reason than the application
can be installed and removed, along with dependencies, properly with a
package manager.

After a package is included in (or promoted to) the main archives then two
important actions can be taken:
 1.  it can be included in Ubuntu or one of its derivatives in their release

 2.  it can be installed easily by using a Synaptic, the Software Center, or
with 'sudo apt-get install packagename'

I do not see it being included in Ubuntu Studio at this time since I do not
believe there is enough demand for it to warrant inclusion and other
applications appear to provide the same functionality.  If enough desire for
such an application, and a documented workflow were to be developed, then we
could argue the advantages of which program to include.

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