Convert Video Formats Using FFMPEG
Getting a video into the format you like can be important when providing media to your users on the web. Unfortunately your customer or video source may not give you media in the desired format. No problem: use the FFMPEG library to quickly and easily convert your media from and to any format you'd like.
sudo port install ffmpegx
The above installs FFMPEG with MacPorts. The install process took quite a while because FFMPEG required that I upgrade quite a few packages. Be patient...it's worth it.
Basic Conversion Shell Script
ffmpeg -i myVideo.mpeg myVideo.flv
This is a very basic conversion directive. Since Flash video has become the standard for embedding video, I've chosen to convert to the FLV format. If you want to control more of the conversion details, grab the documentation and experiment. I've installed FFMPEG on a few websites and used PHP to direct FFMPEG to dynamically generate videos.
If you need to take control of your media, try FFMPEG. FFMPEG also has a GUI version if you prefer to avoid command line.