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Tutorial Install FFmpeg on Ubuntu 20.04

Tutorial Install FFmpeg on Ubuntu 20.04

FFmpeg is a free and open-source software. By its large libraries, you will be able to handle video, audio and other multimedia files. Since its core is designed for command-line based processing, you can easily use it for format transcoding, basic editing video scaling, video post-production effects, and standard compliance.

Inspiring of MPEG video standards group, FF means fast forward. Recently, FFmpeg has added a realtime bright flash removal filter to libavfilter which seems to be useful for photosensitive people watch TV, play video games or even be used with a VR headset to block out epiletic triggers such as filtered sunlight when they are outside.

 

 

How to Install FFmpeg on Ubuntu 20.04

FFmpeg allows for audio and video playback as well as recording and conversion. It also allows us to convert multimedia files between different formats. Join us with this guide to complete the steps of installing FFmpeg on Ubuntu 20.04. But if you have not your own virtual private server, count us to do the best for you.

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Step 1 : How to Install FFmpeg on Ubuntu

First, you have to need to update the ubuntu with the command below:

sudo apt-get update  

Then, use the command below to install FFmpeg:

sudo apt-get install ffmpeg  

Step 2 : How to Check FFmpeg Version on Ubuntu

Once the FFmpeg is fully installed, check the installed version with the following command.

ffmpeg -version  

Step 3 : FFmpeg Basic Commands:

The following is a list of FFmpeg basic commands:

ffmpeg -version: show version  ffmpeg -formats: show available formats  ffmpeg -codecs: show available codecs  ffmpeg -decoders: show available decoders  ffmpeg -encoders: show available encoders  ffmpeg -bsfs: show available bit stream filters  ffmpeg -protocols: show available protocols  ffmpeg -filters: show available filters  ffmpeg -pix_fmts: show available pixel formats  ffmpeg -layouts: show standard channel layouts  ffmpeg -sample_fmts: show available audio sample formats  

 

Step 4 : FFmpeg Examples

Below are some examples of FFmpeg command-line applications.

To reduce .mov File Size FFmpeg command line:

ffmpeg -i in.mov -c:v libx264 -c:a copy -crf 20 out.mov  

Run the following command to Convert .mov To .mp4:

ffmpeg -i in.mov -vcodec copy -acodec aac -strict experimental -ab 128k out.mp4  

 

 

 

Conclusion

In this article, you learned how to install FFmpeg on Ubuntu 20.04. After passing the steps, you would be able to run it on your Ubuntu successfully and convert your video and audio files. And be more expert on Ubuntu 20.04 by review its set up.

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  • Benjamin Midler
    Benjamin Midler
    4 months ago

    Is it possible to merge audio and video with this tool?

    Reply
    • Dani
      Dani
      4 months ago

      Yes, it is. You should just open a command prompt windows in your downloads folder after downloading and installing the FFmpeg

      Reply
  • Ryan Balaban
    Ryan Balaban
    4 months ago

    Is FFmpeg written in Java?

    Reply
    • Dani
      Dani
      4 months ago

      No, it is written in C and Assembly language

      Reply
  • Lucy Lange
    Lucy Lange
    4 months ago

    Which is FFmpeg using? CPU or GPU?

    Reply
    • Dani
      Dani
      4 months ago

      Both of them! You can feel about more than 90% for CPU. But if you enable opencl while configuring, FFmpeg will run in GPU. So the it will be less than 90% for CPU.

      Reply
  • David Paltrow
    David Paltrow
    4 months ago

    Please let me know about upgrading ffmpeg.

    Reply
    • Dani
      Dani
      4 months ago

      Yes,sure. You can upgrade FFmpeg by running below commands.
      sudo apt-get update.
      sudo apt-get install ffmpeg.
      sudo apt-get update ffmpeg 2.8.

      Reply
  • Theo Platt
    Theo Platt
    4 months ago

    Is FFmpeg available in the repository of RPM-based distributions?

    Reply
    • Dani
      Dani
      4 months ago

      Yes, it is. And all you have to do is to add EPEL and RPMFusion repositories to install FFmpeg. First add the EPEL repository using the following command:
      sudo yum install epel-release
      Pint: Be careful to execute commands with Root access in the user interface, you must use the Sudo command before all commands.

      Reply
  • Sara Hoder
    Sara Hoder
    4 months ago

    What if I want to install it on Debian please?

    Reply
    • Dani
      Dani
      4 months ago

      Since Ffmpeg is available in the repository by default, you can do this if you open your terminal and run the following command.
      sudo apt-get install ffmpeg
      Point: Be careful to execute commands with Root access in the user interface, you must use the Sudo command before all commands.

      Reply
  • Charllote Simonsen
    Charllote Simonsen
    4 months ago

    Is it possible to hide a copyright notice?

    Reply
    • Dani
      Dani
      4 months ago

      You can use the -hide_banner command to do this and suppress printing this information.

      Reply
  • Laura Glad
    Laura Glad
    4 months ago

    Why I cannot compile and install FFmpeg?

    Reply
    • Dani
      Dani
      4 months ago

      I guess you have not checked the outputs of terminal or solving the errors. You need to verify all the errors and then you will be able to can download the latest FFmpeg source code for installation

      Reply
  • Ferdinand Munck
    Ferdinand Munck
    4 months ago

    Could you please say a fast way to install it from Ubuntu repository?

    Reply
    • Dani
      Dani
      4 months ago

      Ofcourse! You can easily use the apt command to let it be downloaded from Ubuntu’s software repository. And then use the two following commands and open a terminal.
      Sudo apt update
      Sudo apat install ffmpeg
      Point: Be careful to execute commands with Root access in the user interface, you must use the Sudo command before all commands.

      Reply
  • Tommy Bilde
    Tommy Bilde
    4 months ago

    How should we install it when the Ubuntu is updated before?

    Reply
    • Dani
      Dani
      4 months ago

      In this case you will start with running below command:
      sudo apt-get install ffmpeg

      Reply
  • Rikke bach
    Rikke bach
    4 months ago

    What is FFmpeg used for overlay?

    Reply
    • Dani
      Dani
      4 months ago

      FFmpeg is most used for capturing and encoding in real-time from various hardware and software sources such as a TV capture card. Additionally, ffmpeg is a command-line tool that converts audio or video formats. And as you read in this guide, FFmpeg allows for audio and video playback as well as recording and conversion. It also allows us to convert multimedia files between different formats.

      Reply

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