FFmpeg is a cross-platform solution for streaming audio and video as well as recording and conversion. Its also useful to convert multimedia files between various formats. FFmpeg includes libavcodec audio/video codec library in it.

Install FFmpeg

This article will describe you to how to install FFmpeg on CentOS , RHEL 7/6/5 and Fedora systems with easy steps. Also provides basic uses of ffmpeg. CentOS/RHEL uses must have enable atrpms rpm repository on his systems.

1. Install FFmpeg

CentOS/RHEL and Fedora users make sure that you have enabled atrpms repository in system. Let’s begin installing FFmpeg as per your operating system.

# yum install ffmpeg

2. Check FFmpeg Version

After successfully install FFmpeg, let’s check the version installed on system.

# ffmpeg -version

ffmpeg version 2.0.2
built on Oct 27 2013 11:21:04 with gcc 4.4.6 (GCC) 20120305 (Red Hat 4.4.6-4)

3. FFmpeg Basic Commands

Here is the list of few ffmepg basic commands list.

    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

Click here to read more about ffmpeg on its official site.

4. Basic Examples

Here are some basic examples of uses of ffmpeg command line. Please suggest more examples to add here.

Reduce .mov File Size:

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

Convert .move To .mp4

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