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SIVE - Simple iPod Video Encoder - is a graphical tool to make video conversion for iPod Video real simple. It is a GTK2 frontend to mplayer, mencoder and mp4 muxers. Its usefulness is pretty clear : it makes converting videos for playing on iPod Video real simple, allowing to select audio tracks and subtitles tracks. No need for end users to browse manpages and documentation to learn how to convert their videos to read them on iPod, which might make them think "geez, it's so easy under MacOS and Windows and so difficult in Linux/Unix". This simple GUI does the job.

SIVE produces H.124 videos, by using mencoder to encode and mp4creator or MP4Box to create a container iPod Video can use. It generates the options to be passed to these command line tools in order to create what the user asked (bitrate, audio track, subtitles, resolution, scale, crop). It shows the commands and their results in an embedded terminal so the user can learn how to use these tools manually. It does not do any conversion itself : this tricky job is left to the tools which are known for doing it well.

At the moment, SIVE supports :
- input formats :

- direct DVD conversion

- encoding profiles

- output format : H.124, with all the special settings iPod Video requires

- subtitles formats :
> embedded in input file (MKV, DVD, VOB)
> .sub file
> .srt file
> (other formats will be added soon)

- mp4muxers :
> MP4Box
> mp4creator
> mencoder's internal mp4 muxer (EXPERIMENTAL)

- audio track selection (MKV, DVD, VOB)

- batch conversion

- desktop integration

- Translations :
> English
> French
> Swedish
> Chinese coming soon
> Other languages coming
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