Video to Theora


I am presenting before you the first release of Video2Theora (v1.0), this is a small windows application which converts any video file to the Theora codec format which uses the .OGV file extension.

My utility is a GUI-Windows wrapper to a great and efficient command line tool called: ffmpeg2theora, this tool works really well by encapsulating all of the video conversion to Theora mechanics in a simple yet powerful command line tool.

Why do I like that command line tool?

Because it does only one atomic task – Converts any video to Theora.

You can find lots of software out there converting any video format to any video format with hundreds of codecs supported and lots and lots of features (And lots of spyware & adware software installed onto your computer) – do you know what? I don’t need fancy features, I don’t need hundreds of codecs – I just want to convert any video file to the Theora format and I want it to be done in the best way meaning best quality while maintaining a small final OGV file!

And this is what ffmpeg2theora does – only converts Video files to the Theora format while maintaining great size vs quality ratio.


But this command line tool has 2 significant downsides:

  1. It is command line based meaning that many many people won’t be able to use it.
  2. It added lots of features over the basic conversion usage, like cropping the video and resizing it etc.


This is where my simple GUI wrapper comes into place, it uses the command line tool behind the scenes which means that you will get the best Theora conversion engine! while exposing to the user only the conversion functionality using a windows GUI, which means that the two major failures of the command line tool are remedied using my GUI wrapper.

Just download my tool, start it, add files to convert, choose the quality you want and click “Convert” that’s it – Keep it Simple.




  • Refactored all of the code!
  • Added beautiful Icons
  • Updated about page
  • Added Help dialog box
  • Created an algorithm to identify the commandline EXE file
  • Added debug mode



Initial Release.

Application is fully working with no problems.


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4 thoughts on “Video to Theora

  1. noor

    I am very interested in your software but it was flagged by avast as Win32:Malware-gen on 14 Apr 2013

    1. Avi

      Thanks for reporting this.

      This is frustrating!

      Believe me, there is NO VIRUS, malware, spyware, adware or anything in my software.

      It just converts from any video format to Theora.

      I will see if I can whitelist it…

      Thanks for the report again,

  2. Michael Davis

    First off, thank you so so so so much for this tool. It’s painless and does exactly what it describes.

    However I’m curious what the quality settings actually mean. You can set the rendered video quality from 1 to 10, does that just correspond to the bitrate? Could you render at an 11, for example, by raising the bitrate even further?


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