Curlew – A Simple GTK3 Video Converter for Linux

June 28, 2016 — Leave a comment

Curlew Multimedia Converter

Curlew is a free multimedia converter for Ubuntu Linux that features small package size, few library dependencies, 100+ output formats, easy to use UI, and more.

Curlew is written in Python and GTK+ 3, and uses FFMPEG (or Libav-tools) to transcode media files. The main features are:

  • Easy to use user interface (New GTK3 Header bar).
  • Hide the advanced options with the ability to show them.
  • More than 100 output formats.
  • Allow to edit formats.
  • Shutdown or suspend PC afer a conversion process.
  • Show file informations, file details using mediainfo.
  • Allow to skip or remove file during conversion process.
  • Preview file before conversion in its context menu.
  • Show video thumbnail.
  • Convert a specified portion of file.
  • Combine subtitle with video.
  • Allow to crop and pad video.
  • Show error details if exist.
  • And more …
Curlew 100+ output formats

Curlew 100+ output formats

Curlew Advanced Settings

Curlew Advanced Settings

Curlew show file info

Curlew show file info

How to Install Curlew transcoder in Ubuntu:

Pre-compiled Ubuntu .deb is available in the link below:

Download Curlew (.deb)

So far, the latest is “curlew_0.2.2-1_all.deb”, just download and install it via either Ubuntu Software or terminal command (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/curlew_*.deb; sudo apt -f install

Works for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.10, and their derivatives. Once installed, launch Curlew from Unity Dash, or your desktop app launcher.

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