Linux: Anyone found a free and legal transcoder?

Hi All,

I’ve been trying to find a good way to create a DVD-video in Linux from a source media that is not the correct resolution or sampling.

It looks like you can do it with these tools: ffmpeg, mjpegtools, transcode, and mplayer (menucoder)

but all of the above tools all have legal issues. It doesn’t appear to be in the clear to use any of those. Most (or all) of the above are legal in the sense that they are GPL’d, but there are patent issues and fees associated with them. For instance, ffmpeg is LGPL’d but they say not to use it in commercial products because the MPEG-LA will demand money.

Does anyone know of a way to transcode with a different tool that is fully legal?

Specifically, I want to take a 320x240 MPEG-1 3Mb/s @ 44khz sound and convert it into a 704x480 or 720x480 MPEG-2 4-10 Mb/s @ 48 khz sound. Or really anything that a standalone DVD player will be able to play.

Thanks for any help. I have done SVCDs before so the authoring in XML doesn’t bother me. I just can’t find a legal way to convert my source media into a valid MPEG-2 DVD format.

Try this place too… I find them a little confusing but quite comprehensive!