Yep, that fixed it, thanks Phil! Do you work at Miro or are you just smarter and harder working than they are?
so how do we implement this fix (and do the work for the developers)?
Here's what I did:
#1. drag and drop your Miro Video Converter app onto your desktop.
#2. Rename the app to 'miro'
#3. Right mouse click the app and click "show package contents"
double click "Contents" then "Resources" then "lib" then "python2.7" then "mvc"
#4. Edit "basicconverters.py" in your favourite editor or in text edit
#5. Replace line '43' with:
parameters = '-f ogg -vcodec libtheora -c:v libtheora -c:a libvorbis -q:v 4'
#6. Open terminal
#7. copy paste this and hit enter:
#8. copy paste this and hit enter:
python -m compileall .
Don't forget the period at the end.
*Thanks to Phil for the solution*
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I've submitted a pull request (https://github.com/pculture/mirovideoconverter3/pull/24) if anyone wants to follow along.
From the libtheora documentation:
-qscale:v – video quality. Range is 0–10, where 10 is highest quality. 5–7 is a good range to try. If you omit -qscale:v (or the alias -q:v) then ffmpeg will use the default -b:v 200k which will most likely provide a poor quality output.
I wasn't able to follow some of the suggestions here but sure appreciate the suggested help! Until Mira gets the OGG quality issue fixed, I found an open source converter that can "batch" convert at good quality and reasonable file size.
Search: theora converter sourceforge
The default quality setting for the OGG Theora conversion is 6 (ranging from 1 to 10) , and that seems to be good for me. FYI, when I unzipped the theora converter, instead of installing automatically I had to find the unzip location and then click the install again. After that it works well, and is the only converter I've found so far that has good quality video and also batch-convert (can convert more than one file at a time)
Here's a quick solution for Windows users who are frustrated by this issue, but don't want to recompile the application from source.
Create a new text file and name it OGG_Vid.bat
Edit the file and paste in this code:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Participatory Culture Foundation\Miro Video Converter\ffmpeg\ffmpeg.exe" -i %1 -codec:v libtheora -qscale:v 7 -codec:a libvorbis -qscale:a 5 %2
Save the file
Open command line (cmd.exe)
Drag in OGG_Vid.bat
Type one space
Drag in the source video
Type one space
Type in some output file name: output.ogv
Command should look similar to this (if your files are all on the desktop):
C:\Users\YOU\Desktop\OGG_Vid.bat C:\Users\YOU\Desktop\input.avi C:\Users\YOU\Desktop\output.ogv
This will run the ffmpeg install included with Miro but set the quality levels higher. If you want to mess with the quality levels you can simply modify the numbers after the "qscale" parameter in the .bat file. I've included the file I created for this as well.
i am converting mov to mp4. but the audio quality is very bad. Any solution for the high quality audio of the mp4 video??
maybe you can try some other audio or video conversion software that can convert video to MP3 or MP4 or other types formats with least loss of quality to ensure the audio bitrate.
Is there any way to adjust the settings of ogg theora? It's coming out looking like 8-bit and super lo res.
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