Converting an .ogg File to .avi in Ubuntu

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Posted on November 10, 2007 5:28 PM in Computers
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Once I had figured out how to do this, I immediately wanted to figure out how to record my desktop in Ubuntu so I could show it off here on my blog. However, once I had made a recording of my desktop, I had an .ogg file to work with. Unfortunately for me, Viddler doesn't like .ogg files, so I realized I'd be better of re-encoding the file in a more ubiquitous format like .avi. But how to do it?

Yet another post at the Ubuntu Forums saved the day. That post recommended the use of mencoder (which sounds like some sort of futuristic DNA-based sex-change device), so I tried to run the recommended command from the command-line:

mencoder ubuntu_flipping.ogg -o ubuntu_flipping.avi -oac mp3lame -ovc lavc

When I tried that, Ubuntu surprised me yet again, letting me know that the application was not yet installed, but that I could install it using apt-get install mencoder. So that I did.

Once the application was installed, I tried the above command again, and this time my .ogg file was re-encoded as an .avi file that I could very easily upload to Viddler or any other similarly picky video sharing site.

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