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Avi 2 iPod / PSP (mp4)


KDE Kommander Script

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Avi 2 iPod / PSP (mp4)

Avi 2 iPod / PSP (mp4)

Avi 2 iPod / PSP (mp4)

Link:  http://
Depends on  Kommander
Downloads:  10253
Submitted:  Apr 25 2007
Updated:  Feb 3 2008


Batch or single convert your .Avi files to .mp4 so you can watch them on your video iPOD or PSP.

Kommander ffmpeg and (mplayer for the progressbar to work) are required.

ffmpeg MUST HAVE----- xvid------ or h264-------- SUPPORT ENABLED

If you need to recompile ffmpeg for xvid support here is a guide from (K)ubuntu. Adjust as needed for your distro.

Here is another for Fedora

Here is a precompiled binary for debian distros with the proper codecs. Use at your own risk!

This newest version 2.1.2 WILL work for the old and new versions of ffmpeg. However, on the newer versions of ffmpeg if you have a video with 6 channel 5.1 audio it MAY NOT work on that file. This is due to limitations of the newer ffmpeg. I had some luck but the channels were messed up (center was right, left was rear)

The video codec is xvid or h264 and audio is aac.

Options for

Audio bitrate
Video bitrate
Aspect ratio
TV, PSP or iPod output

h264 is VERY slow but it can make the files much smaller by lowering the bitrate to half of the xvid with the same quality.


PLEASE report any failures by sending me a message on www.kde-apps.org
telling me what you did and how it failed. Also include the output from the command "ffmpeg -formats"
Thank you

Konqueror service menu for quick no GUI conversion (Kdialog progressbar will appear).

Konqueror service menu to open selected file in Avi2iPod.

Output directory is preserved on exit.

Tab widget changed to include relevant execute button on the appropriate tab.

Installer script to place the service menus and icons in the proper place.

The installer script is not required to run the program (just service menu). Simply click the *.kmdr file if you dont want to use the service menus.


This newest version 2.1.2 WILL work for the old and new versions of ffmpeg. However, on the newer versions of ffmpeg if you have a video with 6 channel 5.1 audio it MAY NOT work on that file. This is due to limitations of the newer ffmpeg. I had some luck but the channels were messed up (center was right, left was rear)

If you can, get a slightly older version or if you are using a debian distro use the one in the debian-multimedia.org repros.

If Avi2iPod fails you either dont have the codecs installed or you have a new version that is not quite where it needs to be yet for 6 channel audio.


Added default values for AV codecs in the event Avi2iPod cannot determine your ffmpeg config. Default codecs are libfaac libx264 libxvid. If you get a message that a codec is not installed it still may work.


Added total time counter displayed at completion of encoding.
Tweaked ffmpeg settings to acheive better bitrate control.
Final file sizes are now predictable due to the improved bitrate control.
Added a preview tab so users can see what the final product will look like without encoding the entire video.
Included in the preview tab the selected file is automatically played with detected viewing programs after the sample is generated.
Included in the preview tab the estimated final file size is displayed.
Included in the preview tab is some basic information about the file you are encoding.

Added check to see if Xvid, h264 and aac support are installed. If not error reported. (need feedback)
Added support for the SUPER wide screen format 2.35:1 (PSP iPOD TV)
Removed check box "I have a different version of ffmpeg" Your type of video codecs (libx264 h264 libxvid xvid) are now automatically detected.
Removed choices for resolution. The choice of aspect ratio and iPod or TV automatically determines resolution.
Removed the requirment to have custom FW installed on your PSP. The PSP tab should encode for all PSP's now.
Removed Presets. The choices are now simple enough that presets are not needed.
Removed Volume tab and added it to the iPod options tab.
Fixed a problem with the alternate codecs ( see above. libxvid libx264 aac vs xvid h264 aac) I still need feedback on this.

v2.0 Beta 4
Added options for different versions of ffmpeg. Some versions use libxvid libx264 and libfaac for the video and audio codecs.
Others use xvid h264 and aac.
Added clickable text to select the check boxes.
Added minor cosmetic changes.

v2.0 Beta 3
Added ffmpeg realtime ouput to statusbar
Added PSP AVC native resolution 16:9 (480x272) 4:3 (368x272) encoded with h264.
Files are now renamed to the specifics of the format.

v2.0 Beta 2
Added h264 support
Added real time current file progress bar
Added optimized encoding for TV resolutions.
Added presets for xvid & h264
Added support for Dual Core processors (I don't see much of a difference)

Added a low priority option
Changed layout
Changed icons/Graphic
Added Presets & Volume gain
Fixed bug for spaces in filename

Added index counter (File x of x).
Minor cosmetic formatting changes.

Changed resolutions for TV
Added icons for Aspect ratio and Resolution dropdown boxes

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 G R E A T

 by Sebien on: Aug 13 2007
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Oh... I browsed to here by hazard, but it is very interesting.

It means I will never have to follow the complicated Ubuntu guide anymore: http://doc.ubuntu-fr.org/ipod

If it work, I will be very happy.
It seams so simple.

I hope it put the name of the track inside the .MP4 file.
Because without it, the file I transfert to the iPod has a blank name on the device, and I can only upload one of them without having a duplicate (empty) name error, until I rename it under iTunes on Windows.

So anyone has a solution (if it is not solved by that script)?

I have no movie to transform yet, so anyone can tell me if the track title of the MP4 is filled?

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 No convert

 by BeTZe on: Aug 29 2007
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i have a new problem on a other pc. I installed Suse 10.2 and Avi 2 iPod starts with no problems.

But when i have start the convert the program do the job i only one second. When i say "Launch in a console" the the windows open for a fex moment and close.

Where is my mistake? Have i a log file with an error?

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 Re: No convert

 by 454casull on: Aug 29 2007
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It sounds like ffmpeg is either not installed or not compiled for xvid support.

Try to recompile ffmpeg for xvid.

See links at the top in the description to recompile ffmpeg.

If that wont work I can email you a version that holds the konsole window open so you can see what the error is.

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 Re: Re: No convert

 by BeTZe on: Aug 29 2007
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i know compile ffpeg with --enable-libxvid

But the problem is the same. Can you send me a version where i can see at wich point the program stops?

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 Re: Re: Re: No conve

 by 454casull on: Aug 30 2007
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I think its supposed to be


Give it a try.

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: No c

 by BeTZe on: Aug 30 2007
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--enable-xvid i used first. But configure say me, that it don't this option.

It give only: --enable-libxvid

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

 by BeTZe on: Sep 13 2007
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ffmpeg have configured with this options:

configuration: --enable-gpl --enable-pp --enable-pthreads --enable-libogg --en
able-liba52 --disable-debug --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libfaac --enable-libxvid --enable-libx264

Is their anymore missing?

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

 by 454casull on: Sep 13 2007
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Try both of these.

Copied from the ubuntu ffmpeg page.

./configure --enable-gpl --enable-pp --enable-pthreads \
--enable-libogg --enable-a52 --enable-dts \
--enable-dc1394 --enable-libgsm --disable-debug --enable-mp3lame \
--enable-faad --enable-faac --enable-xvid --enable-x264

sudo make install

If you are using the FFMPEG source from a edgy repository, skip the rest of this code block.
If you are using the FFMPEG source from a recent (20070331) SVN checkout, the configure options have changed. Use this line instead of the one above and then continue with the make command:

./configure --enable-gpl --enable-pp --enable-pthreads \
--enable-libogg --enable-liba52 --enable-libdts \
--enable-dc1394 --enable-libgsm --disable-debug --enable-libmp3lame \
--enable-libfaad --enable-libfaac --enable-xvid --enable-x264


 Can you add h264?

 by udob on: Sep 7 2007
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Hi, can you add h264 codec to the next version?

I'm running my own script for x264 hq and succesfully loaded by ipod with these options:

ffmpeg -i ${INPUT} -y -f mp4 -vcodec h264 -b 672kb
-r 29.27 -s 640x480 -refs 1 -qmin 10 -qmax 51
-mbd 2 -coder 0 -g 250 -qcomp 0.6 -me umh -subq 7
-bufsize 20480 -cmp 2 -subcmp 2 -flags bitexact
-qdiff 4 -hex -threads 1 -trellis 2 -bf 0 -level 13
-partitions parti4x4+parti8x8+partp4x4+partp8x8+partb8x8
-aspect 4:3 -acodec libfaac -ab 128kb -vol 150
-ac 2 -ar 44100 ${OUTPUT}.mp4

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 Re: Can you add h264

 by 454casull on: Sep 14 2007
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No plan as of now for H264.

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 Re: Can you add h264

 by 454casull on: Nov 5 2007
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Ok, Here is your h264. :)

Its pretty slow compared to Xvid but the smaller file size is nice.


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 Re: Re: Can you add h264

 by laluz on: Nov 18 2007
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h264 with ffmpeg does not work on my (unmodded) psp. :-(

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 mencoder for PSP

 by laluz on: Nov 12 2007
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Here is a shell script that works for me to convert to a format that an unmodded PSP with firmware v3.71 can play natively. At the end is a quick hack to make a thumbnail, if you're lucky it will sample a thumbnail at a correct spot.

I would be happy to see this added to your kmdr script.

# $1 is a file or dvd://1
# $2 is a name to give to the result files

echo "$1"
CROP=$(mplayer -vf cropdetect -endpos 200 "$1" 2>/dev/null |grep "CROP"|tail -1|sed -e's/^.*(\(-vf.*\)).*$/\1/')

mencoder -sws 9 $CROP,pullup,softskip,scale=480:-10,harddup,unsharp=l3x3:0.7,expand=480:272 -ofps 24000/1001 -oac faac -faacopts br=128:mpeg=4:object=2:raw -ovc x264 -x264encopts bitrate=650:global_header:partitions=all:trellis=1:vbv_maxrate=768:vbv_bufsize=2000:level_idc=30:threads=4 -of lavf -lavfopts format=psp -lavfopts i_certify_that_my_video_stream_does_not_use_b_frames -o $2.MP4 $1;

mplayer -vo jpeg -ss 150 $2.MP4 -frames 2 ; convert -crop 362x272+60 00000002.jpg jpg:-| convert -resize 160x120 - jpg:$2.thm; rm 00000001.jpg 00000002.jpg;

and here is another script for 4:3 movies
mencoder -sws 9 -vf pullup,softskip,scale=368:-10,harddup,unsharp=l3x3:0.7,expand=368:272 -ofps 24000/1001 -oac faac -faacopts br=128:mpeg=4:object=2:raw -ovc x264 -x264encopts bitrate=650:global_header:partitions=all:trellis=1:vbv_maxrate=768:vbv_bufsize=2000:level_idc=30:threads=4 -of lavf -lavfopts format=psp -lavfopts i_certify_that_my_video_stream_does_not_use_b_frames -o $2.MP4 $1;
mplayer -vo jpeg -ss 250 $2.MP4 -frames 2 ; convert -resize 160x120 -extent 160x120 00000002.jpg jpg:$2.thm; rm 00000001.jpg 00000002.jpg;

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 Re: mencoder for PSP

 by 454casull on: Nov 12 2007
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Thanks for the script. However I am not satisfied with the script you posted nor the one I am currently using. They both exhibit a dark red artifact when a fast motion goes from dark to light on a light color (faces). The video is crystal clear on both except for that. I have searched for hours without a solution. It seems to be a recognized problem with AVC converted video.

I guess it will have to do for now. Some people may not even notice it. I might be a little nit picky.

Also I dont have a UN-modded PSP to try my video on. This kommander script may not require a modded PSP. Anyone care to report back on this?


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 Re: Re: mencoder for

 by 454casull on: Nov 12 2007
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I have just finished testing some of the best (apparently) windows software (pspvideo9, Xvid4PSP to name a few) and they all exhibit the same artifacts. I can assure you the artifacts are NOT in the original videos.

I guess I am being too picky. This must be what people are accepting and comfortable with.


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 by almatic on: Dec 7 2007
Score 50%

for the idea how to make the progress bar work for the encoding progress. Well done !

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 Further tool support

 by RockHound on: Dec 12 2007
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Would it be possible to intigrate support for:



Check out the website. This is my take for converting files to h264. ;-)



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