Scratch an itch : Video conversion in Linux

If you have Mplayer installed, then you should have the mencoder package.

Just hop onto the console and type

Command
“”mencoder in.rmvb -oac mp3lame -lameopts preset=128 -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=1200 -ofps 25 -of avi -o out.avi“”

w/o the vampire fangs or whatever you call them.
Explanation
-oac: output audio codec
mp3lame: library used for audio encoding
-lameopts: options used along with lame
preset: values for audio bitrate, you can set 64, 128, 224, etc
-ovc: ouput video codec
lavc: library used for video encoding
-lavcopts: options used along with lavc
vcodec: video codec, you can use mpeg1video, mpeg4, etc
vbitrate: video bitrate, you can set 600, 1000, 1200, etc
-ofps: outpt frame per second ( fps)
-of: output file container type
-o: output filename

Sourced from http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/showthread.php?t=104161

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