I have been trying to convert .MKV files to .AVI for a long time! Today I finally found a way to do it (for free, as per usual) in Linux. (I am currently using Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.)

mencoder test.mkv -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:threads=8:vbitrate=3000 -oac copy -o test.avi

Sometimes the -oac copy needs to be replaced with -oac pcm. I don’t know why.

This is very helpful because my modded Xbox that I use for a media center can’t play .MKV files. My first try with this was in Windows, but as usual, all of the programs available to do stuff like this are either horrible, full of spyware, not free, or otherwise bad. TAKE THAT, WINDOWS USERS. ::evil and non-nerdy linux laugh::

Hooray! Hopefully I’ll have a post sometime soon with something less nerdy and more tangible.

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