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How to install FFmpeg

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What is FFmpeg?

FFmpeg is a very powerful tool for manipulating and encoding media. You can do thousands of different things such as adding/removing streams to media, changing codecs, streaming data, adding/removing subs etc. For a full list of commands visit this page:

How to install FFmpeg on Linux/Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ffmpeg
ffmpeg -version

The final output should give something along the following:

ffmpeg version 4.2.4-1ubuntu0.1 Copyright (c) 2000-2020 the FFmpeg developers
built with gcc 9 (Ubuntu 9.3.0-10ubuntu2)

You can now start using FFmpeg!

How to install FFmpeg on Windows:

To install FFmpeg on Windows visit the following link:

Scroll down to the release builds section and you'll see the latest release section.

Download and unzip it. Inside you'll see ffmpeg.exe which in most cases is all you need.

How to install FFmpeg on macOS:

Using homebrew you can simply run the following:

brew install ffmpeg
brew link ffmpeg
ffmpeg -version

Hardware transcoding using GPUs and FFmpeg

Often users want to be able to use their graphics cards for increased decoding/encoding speed when transcoding video, in which case you'll need to make sure your FFmpeg version has the relevant encoders. The most commonly used ones are the following:

# For Nvidia GPUs

# For AMD GPUs

# For Intel iGPUs (6000 series onwards)

You can check the FFmpeg encoders available by running:

ffmpeg -encoders

Which will produce output such as the following:

 V..... libx265              libx265 H.265 / HEVC (codec hevc)
V..... nvenc_hevc NVIDIA NVENC hevc encoder (codec hevc)
V..... hevc_nvenc NVIDIA NVENC hevc encoder (codec hevc)

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