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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:

https://gist.github.com/tayvano/6e2d456a9897f55025e25035478a3a50

How to install FFmpeg on Linux/Ubuntu:#

sudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get install ffmpegffmpeg -version

The final output should give something along the following:

ffmpeg version 4.2.4-1ubuntu0.1 Copyright (c) 2000-2020 the FFmpeg developersbuilt 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:

https://www.gyan.dev/ffmpeg/builds/

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

Download ffmpeg-release-essentials.zip 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 ffmpegbrew link ffmpegffmpeg -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 GPUsnvenc_h264nvenc_h265
# For AMD GPUsh264_amfhevc_amf
# For Intel iGPUs (6000 series onwards)hevc_vaapihevc_qsv

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)
info

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https://tdarr.io/download/