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FFmpeg is a complete solution to record, convert and stream audio and video. It is a command line tool to convert one video file format to another. It also supports grabbing and encoding in real time from a TV card. Several FrontEnds/GUIs available like WinFF, Avanti.

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More information and other downloads:
Download ffmbc here, FFmpeg customized for broadcast and professional usage.

Download latest ffmpeg windows binary versions ffmpeg 0.5 here or here(ffmpeg.exe) or here.

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Drag Drop Convert GUI, just drag and drop video files in drop zone and wait.
Download ffmpegYAG.
Download ffmpeg H264 bitstream changer here. It can change SAR, FPS, LEVEL, CROP,etc.

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
RELEASE NOTES for FFmpeg 2.6 "Grothendieck"

The FFmpeg Project proudly presents FFmpeg 2.6 "Grothendieck", about 3 months after the release of FFmpeg 2.5.
A lot of important work got in this time, so let's start talking about what we like to brag the most about: features.
A lot of people will probably be happy to hear that we now have support for NVENC — the Nvidia Video Encoder interface for H.264 encoding — thanks to Timo Rothenpieler, with some little help from NVIDIA and Philip Langdale.
People in the broadcasting industry might also be interested in the first steps of closed captions support with the introduction of a decoder by Anshul Maheswhwari.
Regarding filters love, we improved and added many. We could talk about the 10-bit support in spp, but maybe it's more important to mention the addition of colorlevels (yet another color handling filter), tblend (allowing you to for example run a diff between successive frames of a video stream), or the dcshift audio filter.
There are also two other important filters landing in libavfilter: palettegen and paletteuse. Both submitted by the Stupeflix company. These filters will be very useful in case you are looking for creating high quality GIFs, a format that still bravely fights annihilation in 2015.
There are many other new features, but let's follow-up on one big cleanup achievement: the libmpcodecs (MPlayer filters) wrapper is finally dead. The last remaining filters (softpulldown/repeatfields, eq*, and various postprocessing filters) were ported by Arwa Arif (OPW student) and Paul B Mahol.
Concerning API changes, there are not many things to mention. Though, the introduction of device inputs and outputs listing by Lukasz Marek is a notable addition (try ffmpeg -sources or ffmpeg -sinks for an example of the usage). As usual, see doc/APIchanges for more information.
Now let's talk about optimizations. Ronald S. Bultje made the VP9 decoder usable on x86 32-bit systems and pre-ssse3 CPUs like Phenom (even dual core Athlons can play 1080p 30fps VP9 content now), so we now secretly hope for Google and Mozilla to use ffvp9 instead of libvpx. But VP9 is not the center of attention anymore, and HEVC/H.265 is also getting many improvements, which include C and x86 ASM optimizations, mainly from James Almer, Christophe Gisquet and Pierre-Edouard Lepere.
Even though we had many x86 contributions, it is not the only architecture getting some love, with Seppo Tomperi adding ARM NEON optimizations to the HEVC stack, and James Cowgill adding MIPS64 assembly for all kind of audio processing code in libavcodec.
And finally, Michael Niedermayer is still fixing many bugs, dealing with most of the boring work such as making releases, applying tons of contributors patches, and daily merging the changes from the Libav project.
A more complete Changelog is available at the root of the project, and the complete Git history on
We hope you will like this release as much as we enjoyed working on it, and as usual, if you have any questions about it, or any FFmpeg related topic, feel free to join us on the #ffmpeg IRC channel (on or ask on the mailing-lists.

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Where can I get a 2.5 binary? Zeranoe never posts major versions anymore, only nightly builds, so I have been using 2.2.3 since June since that is the last major version that Zeranoe posted. I don't want a nightly build...

Posted December 05, 2014 by . Tool version 2.5 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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I never knew about this forum, and have been using the ffmpeg build from...

...for some time now. I'm keen to try this one and see if it has any different filters etc... (I tried embedding subtitles using a batch file I have used successfully before and that version is barfing...)

ffmpeg is amazing. I'm surprised at the negative commentys here, especially those criticising the various GUIs. Hello, a GUI will never be able to do everything the console app can do. Just read the documentation; it's really not so complicated once you do that. (unless you are stupid of course.) To the imbecile who commented that he's tried so much different software... consider that after so many failures; it's the user that's the problem, not the software.

And if you hate the GUIs so much, shut the fuck up and write your own one. I did. (I will not post a link to my blog here though. And there are better GUIs than mine anyway.)

Posted September 10, 2013 by . Tool version 2.0 using OS Windows 8 64-bit
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Poor TuX does not have any better alternative than sticking to this most BuGGy one, where total number of BuGs exceeds total number of codecs. And most important free codec libraries are missing, may be on purpose.
Following is the release note from

November 4, 2011

We have made 2 new point releases (0.7.7 and 0.8.6) that fix around 90 bugs, several of which are security relevant. We recommend users, distributors and system integrators to upgrade unless they use current git master.

Where as We recommend users, distributors and system integrators are requested to upgrade, But who knows, How many BUGS are added in New Release!
AaaaaH, FFMPEG. All I learnt from FF... is distribute BUGs,,,BUGS,,,and BuGS.
Can Not Think of ANY GOOD!

Scored ALL TEN coz it's most BUGGY as compared to other codecs.

Posted November 05, 2011 by . Tool version using OS Linux
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Great program with almost unlimited functionality in its field. While it may be hard to use, as you need to use a command prompt (unless you use a GUI), it can do just about anything. Best of all, it's free and available to everyone. Always experiment with a small file until you get used to its settings and are ready to do the big projects.

Posted September 01, 2011 by . Tool version N-31932-g41bf67d (Aug 16, 2011 build) using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 4 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

The fact that lazy, ignorant people like mentalgeller can't figure out how to use ffmpeg is part of ffmpeg's appeal.

Posted August 29, 2011 by . Tool version all using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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This "program" is for nerds only.
It's simply unusable. First, you have NO IDEA which version you should
download; there is no separation between Windows-, Mac- and Unix-Versions,
everything is packed with a different packer.
Then you need a GUI (a grafic interface), but every GUI needs another version
of ffmpeg (and certain dlls), so you're back at the start.
Forget it. I've tried thousands of programs in 20 years - and NEVER have
I seen such a piece of sh... ZERO POINTS for this garbage.

Posted August 29, 2011 by . Tool version 0.8 using OS WinXP
Ease of use - of 10 Functionality - of 10 Value for money - of 10 Overall score 5 of 10

This developer lists 6 ffmpeg front ends for Windows, why not a few for Mac? Is iFFmpeg the only one still in development for the Mac? What about Datura, is it dead too now?

Posted July 25, 2011 by . Tool version 0.8 using OS MacOSX
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Just study the manual, and make your own batch files.
no need for a gui.
ffmpeg does it all.

Posted July 07, 2009 by . Tool version 1 using OS WinXP
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i use the dot net ffmpeg gui, its got the usual presets and a small footprint

Posted July 07, 2009 by . Tool version 5 using OS WinXP
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I found that a lot of people are looking for pre compiled ffmpeg libraries to use with their shared hosting account. So here are some:

Here are some of my pre compiled FFMPEG binaries to be used on shared
hosting accounts. I use this FFMPEG versions to create JPG thumbnails
from FLV files.

Posted May 20, 2009 by . Tool version n/a using OS Linux
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10

Used with Avanti to re-encode an Xvid to play on my standalone player.
Downloaded both aand within 20 minutes had used and converted a one and a half hour movie.
Wish I had used it years ago.

Posted April 03, 2009 by . Tool version SVN-r15815 using OS WinXP
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Posting a guide for the tool. Guide shows how to use it to convert audio uploaded from a form on a web page automatically. Guide shows mp3 to flv, but could be changed to any audio or video format easily.

Posted January 09, 2006 by . Tool version 0.4.9-0.20041110.3.1 using OS Linux
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Guides: ... -web-page/

The Good:

* Commandline driven
* Many options
* Multi-platform, free, source available

The Bad:

* Does not ensure bitrate consistency accross a set of files. So a set of AVI files produced from a set of VOB files cannot be merged into a single AVI.

* The latest version available at Sourceforge (strangely) predates the version bundled with gui4ffmpeg. Currently the version available on Sourceforge does not support the "-vtag xvid" option. So users are stuck with Windows if they want to run the latest.

* According to rumor, the codec does not accurately compress at the bitrate requested by the user. Files I'm encoding are averaging 100 megs smaller than what I'm expecting.

Posted May 17, 2005 by . Tool version 0.4.9-pre1 build 4747 using OS Other
Ease of use 4 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

Id Grab this quick good application, software patents are threatening its continuous development.

Posted April 28, 2005 by . Tool version 0.3c using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

FFMPEG is very easy to compile under Win32, too. It is by far the fastest MPEG-2 encoder (AVI/DIVX4-->DVD/MPEG-2) I have ever seen. It was able to do NTSC in real time, >30 fps, on my 0.85 GHz, 'vanilla'. When I eventually get around to setting up CPU-specific optimizations for recompilation I expect it to go 40+ or more. Its only downside for me is that it won't do the frame multiplication needed to take an AVI of less than 1 (e.g., 0.25) fps and convert it to 23.976. For Win32 compilation, use MSYS and MINGW, ./configure, make, from

Posted January 01, 2004 by . Tool version 0.4.8 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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