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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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2.3.3 (August 21, 2014)

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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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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
¦ RELEASE NOTES for FFmpeg 2.3 "Mandelbrot" ¦

The FFmpeg Project proudly presents FFmpeg 2.3 "Mandelbrot", a major release with all the great features committed during the three-month period since the release of FFmpeg 2.2.

In this release, there are lots of internal overhauls that make FFmpeg a more accessible project for new developers. Many important new optimizations and features like QTKit and AVFoundation input devices are committed. Contributions done by Libav such as a new native Opus decoder are also merged.

Because of the increasing difficulty to maintain and lack of maintainers, we are very sorry to say that we have removed all Blackfin and SPARC architecture assembly optimizations with the cleanups done. If you are interested in maintaining optimization for these two architecture, feel free to contact us and we will restore the code!

Oh, and since this release, this modern-looking release note is provided in addition to the old-style Changelog file, to make it easier for you to focus on the most important features in this release.


¦ *API Information ¦
FFmpeg 2.3 is completely source-compatible to the FFmpeg 2.2 series. There are however some API deprecations that you need to take care of. Use `git diff n2.2 n2.3 doc/APIchanges` to show the list of added and deprecated APIs. FFmpeg 2.3 includes the following library versions:

• libavutil52.92.100
• libavcodec 55.69.100
• libavformat55.48.100
• libavdevice55.13.102
• libavfilter 4.11.100
• libswscale2. 6.100
• libswresample 0.19.100
• libpostproc52. 3.100
Please refer to the doc/APIChanges file for more information.

¦ New Optimization ¦
We are excited to announce that we have committed new x86 assembly optimization for HEVC, and FFmpeg's audio resampler libswresample. ARM users will get a boost in MLP/TrueHD decoding thanks to new optimization. Decoding Huffyuv also got a major boost from optimization on the C code.
Of special interest for Microsoft Visual Studio users, we have also converted some preexisting x86 assembly to NASM/Yasm format compatible with MSVC setup, especially in the area of audio resampling.
Another major feature in this release is the introduction of AArch64 (ARMv8) assembly optimization. AArch64 is another name for the first 64-bit ARM architecture, used by Apple A7 SoC inside iPhone 5S. Some 32-bit ARM assembly has already been ported to AArch64, but more work is underway.

¦ Native Opus decoder¦
Opus is an open audio format jointly developed by Xiph.Org, Mozilla, Skype/Microsoft, and Broadcom. It combines the features of the Skype Cilk speech codec and the Xiph.Org CELT music codec into one low-latency codec. Decoding Opus is already possible since FFmpeg 1.0 using the libopus library, but the new Opus native decoder brings a higher level of stability and speed.

¦ QTKit and AVFoundation ¦
For OS X users, the new QTKit and AVFoundation devices allow you to use the integrated camera on Macs. AVFoundation is a newer API only available on OS X 10.7 "Lion" or newer. For users with older OS X systems, the QTKit device using the older OS X API is for you.

¦ API Additions¦
In this release, stream side data are introduced as AVStream.side_data as a way to store miscellaneous stream-wide information. The format is similar to the previously anonymous structure AVPacket.side_data (now named as AVPacketSideData). With this change, audio ReplayGain information and video rotation matrix are now exported through this API, if available in the demuxer.
We also have improved libswresample's Doxygen API documentation, so new developers wishing to use FFmpeg's excellent libraries can get started more easily and faster.

¦ Last But Not Least ¦
Other interesting new features including hqx video filter, a pixel art scaling filter; a fixed-point AC-3 decoder contributed by Imagination Technologies; an On2 TrueMotion VP7 video decoder; an HTML5 WebVTT subtitle decoder that allows creation of WebVTT from any text-based subtitles; and an 1-bit Direct Stream Digital audio decoder.
+----------------------------+ ¦ ?List of New Features¦ +----------------------------+

¦ Command line tools ¦

• Support for decoding through DXVA2 in ffmpeg

¦ libavcodec ¦

• AC3 fixed-point decoding
• VP7 video decoder
• Alias PIX image encoder and decoder
• Improvements to the BRender PIX image decoder
• Improvements to the XBM decoder
• Improvements to OpenEXR image decoder
• Support decoding 16-bit RLE SGI images
• Direct Stream Digital (DSD) decoder
• On2 AVC (Audio for Video) decoder
• Native Opus decoder
• WebVTT encoder

¦ libavdevice¦

• QTKit input device
• GDI screen grabbing for Windows
• AVFoundation input device

¦ libavformat¦

• subfile protocol
• Phantom Cine demuxer
• Alternative rendition support for HTTP Live Streaming
• Magic Lantern Video (MLV) demuxer
• Image format auto-detection
• LRC lyric file demuxer and muxer
• Samba protocol (via libsmbclient)
• WebM DASH Manifest muxer

¦ libavfilter¦

• shuffleplanes filter
• libbs2b-based stereo-to-binaural audio filter
• showcqt multimedia filter
• zoompan filter
• signalstats filter
• hqx filter (hq2x, hq3x, hq4x)
• flanger filter
• libfribidi support in drawtext
+----------------------------+ ¦ ?Behaviour changes ¦ +----------------------------+
• libx264 reference frames count is now limited depending on level chosen• Because of the new image format auto-detection feature, you don't need to specify image format when decoding an image with no extension.

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Guides and How to's:
AVI to DVD Encoding and Authoring : BASIC - Read
How to batch convert/multiplex with ffmpeg - Read
Mini Guide: Normalizing Audio for Multiple AVI files - Read
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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
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

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
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

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
Ease of use - of 10 Functionality - of 10 Value for money - of 10 Overall score 5 of 10

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
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

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
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10
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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