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Arista Transcoder is an easy to use multimedia transcoder for the GNOME Desktop. I really like it because it comes with presets for iPod, computer, DVD player, PSP, Playstation 3, etc., kind of like Mobile Media Converter but the best part is that you can see a live preview of the encoding so that you'll know the quality of the video before it's ready.

But that's not all what Arista Transcoder can do, here are some other features:
  • Automatically discover available DVD media and Video 4 Linux (v4l) devices
  • Rip straight from DVD media easily (requires libdvdcss)
  • Rip straight from v4l devices
  • Simple terminal client for scripting
  • Automatic preset updating


Transcoding Futurama from a DVDPreferences dialog
Transcoding a Family Guy episode
About dialog

Arista is written in Python and requires the bindings for GTK+ 2.16 or newer, GStreamer, GConf, GObject, Cairo, and DBus. If you are an Ubuntu user this means you need to be using at least Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty). The GStreamer plugins required depend on the presets available, but at this time you should have gst-plugins-good, gst-plugins-bad, gst-plugins-ugly, and gst-ffmpeg. If you are on Ubuntu don't forget to install the multiverse packages.

To install Arista Transcoder in Ubuntu 9.04, add the following repository:
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/danielgtaylor/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list"

Then install the key:
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys A1B03D01

And finally install Arista:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install arista

Other Linux distributions:
  • Arch Linux users can find PKGBUILDS in the AUR
  • Everyone else, see the README file in the download tarball