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Comparison of video encoders

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Comparison of video encoders


  • General information 1
  • Features 2
  • Supported Import Codecs 3
  • Supported Export Codecs 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • Related lists on other projects 7

General information

Name Company Stable Version License Cost Linux Mac OS X Windows
Compressor Apple 4.0.3 Proprietary $49.99 (Only available on the Mac App Store) No Yes No
HandBrake Open Source Community 0.9.9 GPL Free Yes Yes Yes
Avidemux Open Source Community 2.4 GPL Free Yes Yes Yes


Name Batch encoding Hardware Acceleration Distributed Encoding Filters Resize Watermark Crop
Compressor Yes Specialty Matrox Cards only Yes Audio/Video Yes Yes Yes
Handbrake Yes No No Detelecine, Deinterlace, Denoise, Deblock, Decomb Yes No Yes

Supported Import Codecs

Name MPEG-1 MPEG-2 MPEG-4 ASP (MPEG-4 part 2) MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) (MPEG-4 Part 10) WMV RealVideo Theora Dirac
Compressor Yes Yes Yes Yes With Plugins ? No No
Handbrake Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes No

Supported Export Codecs

Name MPEG-1 MPEG-2 MPEG-4 ASP (MPEG-4 part 2) MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) (MPEG-4 Part 10) WMV RealVideo Theora Dirac
Compressor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes* No No No
Handbrake No Yes Yes Yes No No OGM up to 0.9.3, OGM dropped in 0.9.4 but still outputs Theora and Vorbis to MK4 containers[1][2][3] No

See also


  1. ^ Updated HandBrake Encodes More Than DVDs "convert them to MP4, MKV, AVI, or OGM files"
  2. ^ Handbrake Monday, Nov 23, 2009 "OGG/OGM: HandBrake's OGM muxer is just as out of date. It hasn't been actively maintained in years ... For patent-free muxing, HandBrake still has Matroska ..."
  3. ^ SupportFAQ "Why did you drop OGM output? HandBrake's OGM muxer was just as out of date as its AVI muxer. ... For patent-free muxing, HandBrake still has Matroska"

Related lists on other projects

  • Open Source Toolset - short sections on Audio editing and Video editing
  • - short lists of Ogg audio and video editors
  • - tools for manipulating audio and video

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