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Transcode a Movie’s Codec

Just because you are using one digital video format, that doesn’t mean you can’t distribute others. By converting from one format to another, you can reach a new audience.

You might initially intend on distributing your video on DVD, only to discover there is a market for online distribution. Moving digital video from one format to another is easy, if you know which tools to use. There are a large number of applications, both commercial and free, that will enable you to change your footage from one codec to another.

Of the applications available, Discreet’s Cleaner (http://www.discreet.com/ products/cleaner/; $549) and FFmpeg (http://ffmpeg.sourceforge.net/index. php; free, open source) are two solid options. Both programs are available for Macintosh and Windows operating systems. FFmpeg is also available on Linux.


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