Vector is our cross-platform, cross-site podcast where we talk about the technology that matters to all of us. In this episode, Don Melton, former Engineering Director of Internet Technologies at Apple, deep-dives into his non-browser-based passions: Blu-Ray, transcoding video, H.264, and managing massive amounts of media. Bottom line, if you want to get your videos onto your devices, and you're not afraid of command-lines or codecs, you're in for one hell of a ride. But, yeah: Warning: Contains extreme nerdery.
- 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
- detect-crop.sh: Don Melton's shell script for OS X to detect crop values for a video file to use with
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- OpenELEC (Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center)
- X264 Settings
- Scene Rules: warez
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