How to Convert DV to AVI on Ubuntu

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How to Convert DV to AVI on Ubuntu
Modern digital camcorders tend to use DV format. (teenager removes video. image by Petr Gnuskin from

Your Ubuntu installation includes a number of tools that make it easy to convert one video format into another, and what tools aren't automatically included with this popular distro (distribution) are usually easy to download and install. DV and AVI happen to be two of the most common video formats out there, so chances are good you already have an application that can perform this task. Videos in DV format are way too big to upload on most web sites, so converting to a more manageable AVI file is a skill well worth learning.

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Things you need

  • Ubuntu (or any other Linux distro)
  • Video conversion software that supports .dv and .avi (mencoder, Handbrake, Kino, ffmpeg all recommended)

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  1. 1

    Click "Applications," then "Add and Remove Applications." Enter your root password when prompted. This opens the Synaptic Package Manager.

  2. 2

    Search Synaptic Package Manager for "video encoder," select one of the programs in the search results for installation and click "Apply." There are graphical programs and command line programs available, so install a program you feel comfortable using.

  3. 3

    Click "Applications," then "Sound and Video," and select your video encoding application from that list. If the application is command line only, you can run the whole operation through the Terminal according to that application's documentation.

  4. 4

    Click "Places," then "Home," and navigate to the folder where your .dv file is stored. Drag and drop the file into the video encoder's work space to open it. Alternatively, you can open the file from within the encoding program by clicking "File," then "Open."

  5. 5

    Find the encoding program's list of output formats and select "AVI" or ".avi" from that list. Also, select the folder where the output file is to be stored.

  6. 6

    Click "Start" or "Encode" to begin the encoding process.

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