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Compress Canon EOS MOV videos to MKV (and save space)

Tested with Ubuntu 18.04 on March 2020

We will use ffmpeg - if you have not already installed it, do it now with

sudo apt install ffmpeg

I have tried a few combinations: from my experience, a good trade-off between quality, compression ratio, and speed is provided by using the h264 video codec and libvorbis for audio.

To compress a video created with your camera, just type:

ffmpeg -i MVI_0123.MOV -c:v h264 -c:a libvorbis MVI_0123.mkv

If you have multiple files inside your directory and you want to convert (and compress) all of them, you can use:

for i in *.MOV; do ffmpeg -i "$i" -c:v h264 -c:a libvorbis "${i%.*}.mkv"; done

and… done!

notes/compress-canon-eos-mov-to-mkv.txt · Last modified: 2020/03/11 08:29 by admin