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An easy multimedia transcoder for GNOME

Project description

An easy to use multimedia transcoder for the GNOME Desktop. Arista focuses on being easy to use by making the complex task of encoding for various devices simple. Pick your input, pick your target device, choose a file to save to and go.

Arista has been in development since early 2008 as a side project and was just recently polished to make it release-worthy. The 0.8 release is the first release available to the public. Please see for information on helping out.


  • Presets for Android, iPod, computer, DVD player, PSP, and more

  • Live preview to see encoded quality

  • Automatically discover available DVD drives and media

  • Rip straight from DVD media easily

  • Automatically discover and record from Video4Linux devices

  • Support for H.264, WebM, FLV, Ogg, DivX and more

  • Batch processing of entire directories easily

  • Simple terminal client for scripting

  • Nautilus extension for right-click file conversion


Arista is written in Python and requires the bindings for GTK+ 2.16 or newer, GStreamer, GConf, GObject, Cairo, and udev. If you are an Ubuntu user this means you need to be using at least Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty). The GStreamer plugins required depend on the presets available, but at this time you should have gst-plugins-good, gst-plugins-bad, gst-plugins-ugly, and gst-ffmpeg. If you are on Ubuntu don’t forget to install the multiverse packages.

Note: WebM support requires at least GStreamer’s gst-plugins-bad-0.10.19.

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