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Friday, January 24, 2020 at 10:25

WinFF is an Ubuntu application to convert multimedia files in easy way. It is an alternative (replacement) to Any Video Converter or FormatFactory from Windows; so you can do audio/video conversions in ways you are familiar to as well on GNU/Linux. WinFF can convert all formats, including the popular MP4, MP3, OGV, OGG, FLV, WMV, WEBM, and MKV. Actually, it is a visual version of FFmpeg command line, hence the name WinFF. This tutorial explains how to install it on Ubuntu and give you example in using it. Enjoy!

(Doing multiple audio/video conversion is easy & fast on Ubuntu by using WinFF)
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  • WinFF Installation
  • 1) Run WinFF
  • 2) Insert Media File
  • 3) Set Output
  • 4) Convert
  • 5) Result
  • Bonus 1
  • Bonus 2


Open your Terminal and type this command:
$ sudo apt-get install winff

1. Run WinFF

Go to start menu and find winff and open it.

(WinFF icon)

(A WinFF window looks simple like this)

3. Insert Media File

  • Click Add button.
  • A file chooser dialog appears.
  • Select an MP4 video file.
  • OK.
  • An MP4 video inserted into WinFF.

4. Set Output

  • See Output Details section.
  • Select Convert to: Audio.
  • Select Preset: MP3.
  • Let the output folder as is, default is your Home folder.

If you want to convert audio to audio, for example, MP3 to OGG, just adjust the selection.

5. Convert

Click Convert button.

6. Result

An MP3 audio file produced in your Home folder. Nice!

 (In this example, a 50MB video can be converted into a 10MB audio with .mp3 format)

Multiple Conversion

Additionally, you can also convert multiple files at once by inserting more than 1 file. And then just continue to Convert button.

Reduce Bitrate

Reducing bitrate reduces the file size. For audio and video outputs, you can determine resulting bitrate by using Options button. As example, standard bitrate of MP3 audio is 128kb/s, so you can reduce it by using 64kb/s or even 32kb/s. Here's the example.
  • Click Options button.
  • New tabs appear after "Output Details" tab.
  • For audio bitrate, open tab "Audio", and type bitrate value you wish.
  • For video bitrate, the tab is "Video".

 (Example determining the resulting audio bitrate)

 (Example determining the resulting video bitrate)

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