OggConvert 0.3.3 released

24 May, 2010 (01:49) | News | By: Tristan

OggConvert version 0.3.3 “Where did you go…” has been released.

This is the latest version of OggConvert, a simple GTK utility to convert media files to the patent-free Vorbis, Theora, Dirac and now VP8 formats.

What’s new in this version:

  • Support for the newly-opened VP8 codec (requires gst-plugins-bad 0.10.18 or newer)
  • Support for the WebM container
  • Fixes Dirac encoder no longer being detected since it moved packages
  • Change the way quality is calcuated for Dirac encoding, hopefully leading to better-looking files
  • New translations: Arabic, Danish, Greek, Japanese, Latvian and Romanian, and lots of other translations updated. Many thanks, as always, to the translators.

The source code (executable without installation thanks to Python) can be downloaded from


Please file bugs on Launchpad:



Comment from Ben in Seattle
Time August 17, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Wow! You did some great work after your outback walkabout. Oggconvert is awesomeness!

Congratulations on being the first project to get working webm encoding. Well, perhaps you’re not the first, but you’re the first I’ve seen that’s being shipped with Debian/Testing (Squeeze).

By the way, my favorite feature of oggconvert is that it focuses on converting only to Free codecs and containers. Perhaps because of that choice, the interface is perfect. Not a lot of buttons and the steps are clearly linear (grayed out buttons), so it is super easy to use.

By the way, when converting to webm, oggconvert doesn’t automatically switch to VP8 codec. I think it should, and perhaps even gray out Theora and Dirac. If I’m not mistaken, WebM is supposed to only do VP8. Or am I wrong?

Comment from Tristan
Time August 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Hi Ben,

Thanks! :-)

The WebM container is (as far as I understand it) just a restricted version of the Matroska container, so technically any codec can be put into it. But since we already offer Matroska, I agree that it should automatically select VP8 as the codec when the user selects WebM, since that’s almost certainly what was wanted.

Comment from A. Walkener
Time September 25, 2010 at 6:31 am

Before ‘oggconvert’, I tried and used lots of software to minimize the capacity (bit) of my audios and videos. However, I should confess that none of them was satisfied me. ‘Oggconvert’ is unique. I do appplause and appreciate you the developers. It is magnificent, functional and successful very much.
An Ubuntu 10.04 User..

Comment from Aleksander
Time March 24, 2011 at 7:13 am

Is there any chance you could do it so we can select a folder so that oggconvert converts all files inside that folder. It takes a while to manually select each file when converting flac to ogg.

Comment from Christian
Time May 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Is this the “last” version or the “latest” version?

Comment from christian
Time May 1, 2012 at 8:57 am

Thanks for this utility. :) it is a great work.