Dec 152009

I guess some people have been arriving here from the following search and I thought I’d make a post clearing up some issues.

Format Factory and Handbrake really should not even fall into the same category. FormatFactory is designed for encoding (multiple) files from one format to another with a very simple interface easy for beginners to use. HandBrake is a optimized encoder designed for re-encoding DVDs. HandBrake was designed to use in conjunction with a program such as DVD Decrypter or DVD Shrink to backup and convert DVDs from there native MPEG2 (.VOB + .IFO) format into something more usable (formerly an AVI) like an MKV container with AAC audio and the popular HD h.264 codec.

DVD Ripping and Encoding:
AutoGK (a GUI for a set of tools, very old and powerful program)
DVD Decrypter (copies the DVD to the hard drive and removes copy protection, doesn’t change the format)
DVD Shrink (can remove copy protection along with other features of a DVD such as extras and menus)

Converting and Re-encoding:
Format Factory

The first ones would be used to get the movie off the DVD (assuming you own the DVD and are making legal personal backups). The second ones are for possibly converting the file for use with a portable media player, or shrinking the size.

Jun 252009

I checked up on my website at Google Analytics and realized that most visitors end up here by Googling something along the lines of “FormatFactory vs Mediacoder” and end up at the article about Mediacoder or the article about FormatFactory, either really has an comparison. Here is a brief comparison.

Features: Both are about the same here.
Ease of Use: MediaCoder throws down all the settings in one place and offers many advanced options. FormatFactory is better for the run-of-the-mill computer user who wants to convert one file to another format.

If you know a lot about codecs and want to not only change the format of a file, but squeeze out the best size:quality ratio, you should lean toward Mediacoder. I was using MediaCoder for a while, but it is just easier, in my opinion to use FormatFactory. You can read my guides and determine which is easier for yourself.


Super – Audio and Video Conversions (Easier download link)
HandBrake – Mainly for DVDs but works with videos aswell
DVDFlick – Converting video files and burning them to DVDs

Oct 142008

This guide will show you how to convert one format of audio or video file to another format.

Difficulty: **** Time: ***
Downloads: Yes

1. Download MediaCoder – MediaCoder is thee program for audio and video conversion, although some might say SUPER or Format Factory, we’re using MediaCoder. If you don’t feel it’s safe, feel free to browse the source code!

2. Make sure you download the installer, for easiest usage.

3. Install MediaCoder

4. Open MediaCoder and drag the files you want to convert into the main area.

The area to drag your files into is circled in red.

5. Select the Output folder, where you want the converted file to be saved.

Hit the three little dots and a folder selector windows will come up. Browse to and select the folder you want to designate as output.

6a. (Audio) It’s now time to select the options you want in place for the conversion. Here’s where it begins to get a bit complicated.
You need to select the codec that corresponds with the format. So Windows Media Audio for .wma and LAME MP3 for .mp3. If your only doing audio, make sure you go to the video tab and uncheck the enable video box.

If you know what your doing, you can configure the codec of the right.

6v. (Video) So here’s how you do video. It’s actually a bit simpler than audio because it allows you to configure the containers. Go to the video tab. Drop down the container list and select the format you want. For AVI use the codecs Xvid or DivX. H.264 is a high definition codec for mpeg videos. Snow and ?Huffyuv? are lossless codecs, meaning the input quality is the same as the output quality.

7v. Once you have the proper settings for video you can also configure the FPS and cropping/resizing via the tabs.

7. Now you have all your settings configured, you can hit the start button up top to begin the conversion process. An interesting window will popup on the right when you start that has a wealth of information. For videos, a window will open playing the video at the current FPS conversion speed, you can exit out of this if you want.