I want to convert multiple files from .mov to .mp4. I have used vlc for converting single files. Can I batch convert using vlc? I know it is possible on windows, and I have found many tutorials.

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    I find Handbrake easier for dealing with multiple files - used to send it 40 files…
    – Solar Mike
    Aug 13, 2021 at 11:51

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HandBrake is the tool of choice to batch-convert video files.

If you want to use VLC, check out the script at https://wiki.videolan.org/VLC_HowTo/Transcode_multiple_videos/.

  • I would prefer to rewrite it in python. Shall the command be the following: vlc -I dummy -q <filename> --sout '#transcode{vcodec=mp4v,vb=1024,acodec=mp4a,ab=128}:standard{mux=mp4,dst=<filename>.transcoded,access=file}
    – simona
    Aug 13, 2021 at 13:52
  • I had already compressed a video manually with vlc and got a compression of ~5. Which parameters do set, and how can I check them in order to achieve this compression? That is default in vlc
    – simona
    Aug 13, 2021 at 14:31

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