How do I convert MP4 encoded videos to a Xbox360-friendly AVI video format? Even though there are a million video converters out there that can get the job done–the easiest way is to just use Format Factory (, a free Windows video converter–I want to do the job on my UbuntuLinux computer (actually, Lubuntu).

Some suggestions that I’m getting ready to try but haven’t gotten around to include:
ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -vcodec mpeg4 -acodec ac3 -ar 48000 -ab 192k -ac 6 -sameq -aspect 16:9 output.avi

Source: Ubuntu Forums

For first pass run this one:
1 mencoder -noskip "BBC-Planets_7.avi" -o "BBC-Planets_7_1.wmv" -of lavf -lavfopts format=asf -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=wmv2:vbitrate=5000:vpass=1 -passlogfile "libvcodecstats.txt" -oac lavc -lavcopts acodec=wmav2
For second pass run this one:
1 mencoder -noskip "BBC-Planets_7.avi" -o "BBC-Planets_7_1.wmv" -of lavf -lavfopts format=asf -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=wmv2:vpass=2 -passlogfile "libvcodecstats.txt" -oac lavc -lavcopts acodec=wmav2


Will either of these approaches work? Neither one did for me. Both failed. Note that one uses ffmpeg while the other relies on mencoder. 

Another possibility is to try WinFF.

Update: Wait, WinFF DID work on converting the AVI, but not sure if it converted to Xbox friendly AVI. I will test that and post here.

Sigh. So much for UbuntuLinux for converting videos to Xbox friendly format!!! 8->
Ideas? Suggestions?

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