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FFmpeg is a complete solution to record, convert, edit and stream audio and video. It is a command line video software for Windows, Mac and Linux. It supports converting between most video and audio formats. It supports grabbing and encoding in real time from streaming media, capture cards, etc. Multiplex(join) and demultipex(split) video and audio tracks from all video formats. Edit(cut,join) all video formats. Advanced video and audio filters. Subtitle support. ffplay(basic video player) and ffprobe(video identifier) are also included. Several frontEnds/GUIs are available like WinFF, Avanti.

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OS:Windows Mac Linux
Version:3.4.1
Released:Dec 13,2017
File size:40.9MB
8.1/10
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More information and other downloads

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog


FFmpeg 3.4.1 "Cantor"
3.4.1 was released on 2017-12-10. It is the latest stable FFmpeg release from the 3.4 release branch, which was cut from master on 2017-10-11.

It includes the following library versions:

libavutil 55. 78.100
libavcodec 57.107.100
libavformat 57. 83.100
libavdevice 57. 10.100
libavfilter 6.107.100
libavresample 3. 7. 0
libswscale 4. 8.100
libswresample 2. 9.100

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The motherlode. Whether people realise it or not, this is the engine that underpins most freeware video manipulation software.
I have a library of scripts that do what I need with ffmpeg in Windows. When I need new functionality I search the Web for a new script, likewise if a new release breaks my scripts. It's not hard.
WRT the download size, most people devote more bandwidth to YouTube cats and small children being silly.
Get real folks. This is magnificent freeware.



Dec 8, 2017 Version: 3.4 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 6/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



The daddy of them all! You must know what you are doing, so 99% of users out there will be totally baffled by how to use its command line hence my Ease of Use low score. For those who know how it's a perfect dream tool. I've yet to see a good free GUI to match this software and utilise it fully.


Dec 8, 2017 Version: 3.4 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



Love this tool, thanks so much for the hard work. It really works great in conjunction with youtube-dl or as a stand alone tool (win, 64-bit, portable).

Oh, anyone know the difference between the 2017-08-30 and 2017-09-04 nightly versions, the readme files appear to be identical, maybe a maintenance release or something???



Sep 5, 2017 Version: 2017-09-04 nightly OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



Try this one (last message links to files):
https://github.com/rdp/ffmpeg-windows-build-helpers/issues/219



Sep 4, 2017 Version: ffmpeg version N-86354-g9221445-Reino OS: WinXP Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



Okay, newer version of this program is not running on either xphome xppro and server2003 std (all x86 32bit). the last version to support these OSes is ffmpeg v3.0.0.

from 3.0.1 and newer is failing.

it is needed for ant video downloader... was wondering what was going on. I tried all the version from 0.7 all the way to 3.3.

and using the gui ffmpegyag_0.7.6 was really good, been using freemake so now experimenting with ffmpeg with gui.




Sep 4, 2017 Version: 3.0.0 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 5/10 Value for money: 5/10 Overall: 5/10



Well, once again - in fact JM is wrong - exe can be even 60MB or more - not sure about Chromium size - sure about ffmpeg - single exe, doing whatever you need whenever you need - there is plenty GUI's for ffmpeg but due the way how quickly ffmpeg evolve GUI's are frequently outdated and as such ffmpeg shine on console or script...
If you can use text editor like notepad and you are able understand documentation for ffmpeg (or better understand source code) it will be extremally difficult to find comparable jewel like ffmpeg... so yes - JM may have bad experience or feel disappointing in expectations but beside this he is totally wrong in his judgement.



Aug 30, 2017 Version: all OS: Vista Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



As JM says, you can tell this is bad software because the executable file is so big and he couldn't get it to do anything. That's really a shame, because I make money with it every single day.


Aug 30, 2017 Version: N-85750-ga75ef15 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 3/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10



Jack i sort of agree with you however there is another factor. that being all the gui's out there that use ffmpeg. factor them in and even the most basic user can get ffmpeg to "work".

the fact JM couldnt use it at says nothing really about this software. so JM if you read this try out some of the many gui programs that use ffmpeg since you do not seem to have the time or patience needed to learn how to use it.

oh and a final comment about his chromium comment. ye 100mb installer(so compressed) compared to uncompressed ffmpeg size. not exactly realistic to start with. then add in all the codecs and formats ffmeg handles and it makes his comment look even more clueless about how complex ffmpeg actually is.



Jul 11, 2017 Version: 3.3.2 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 6/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



Let's put things into perspective: for those with command line knowledge like me this is a superb piece of programming 10/10, but the rest 99.99℅ they have no bloody clue and would be wise to stick with ffmegtryou. My scores reflect the actual reality for normal users here!


Jul 11, 2017 Version: 3.3.2 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 5/10



Ignore JM's comment. He's a f***ing idiot. This is the defacto standard tool for processing media files. He seems like one of the script kiddies that wants a tool to do exactly what he wants by just typing one command.


Jul 10, 2017 Version: 3.3.2 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



The bloated 35MB file size for a command line utility with no interface that only handles audio/video, should’ve been a strong warning sign for anyone not to download it and waste their time. Just to give you a comparison, the Chromium engine (one of the most complex software available after an OS) is just 100MB so we’re looking at a very poorly written utility and we can tell that from the size alone.

The utility is extremely buggy and the error messages is generates are utter nonsense that do not direct the user towards a solution. We were unable to get this tool to perform the simplest of tasks; such as merging an audio and a video file, so we’re not exactly eager to find out what happens when you have more complex needs!

Don’t waste your time with this for programming is not their forte.




Jun 21, 2017 Version: version N-86482-gbc40674 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10



No comments. Rating it only.


Jun 21, 2017 Version: version N-86482-gbc4067 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10



Zeranoe FINALLY released a 3.1.4 binary. For the longest time, 3.0.1 was the latest stable version available (not nightly builds).


Oct 19, 2016 Version: 3.1.4 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



Thanks for the tip on media-autobuild_suite but nearly 24 hours later the build is STILL running. The 32-bit version that is complete appears to be a NIGHTLY build, not the the latest stable build that I am looking for. If I wanted a nightly build I would just download from Zeranoe. Of the many questions I had to answer before building, none of them had to do with getting a stable build.


Aug 11, 2016 Version: 3.0.1 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



Oh common - download https://github.com/jb-alvarado/media-autobuild_suite/archive/master.zip answer few questions and compile ffmpeg with all codecs you like - even those that Zeranoe is unable to compile due license restrictions.


Aug 9, 2016 Version: xxx OS: Other Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



Would be nice if Zeranoe would post something newer than 3.0.1. I keep seeing updates here, but nothing but Nightly builds are actually available for download.


Aug 9, 2016 Version: 3.0.1 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10



This program has a moderately steep learning curve but it is fun to try and learn (and worth it) if you have the time. My thanks to all the experts here that have provided (me with) guidance via their responses to others.


Feb 13, 2016 Version: 2.8.6 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



I downloaded the program and within an hour I had combined a slide show with an audio file my daughter put together into an MP4 file. Thanks for a great product.


Dec 15, 2015 Version: 2.8.3 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



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...


Dec 5, 2014 Version: 2.5 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10



I never knew about this forum, and have been using the ffmpeg build from...
http://ffmpeg.zeranoe.com/builds/

...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.)



Sep 10, 2013 Version: 2.0 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



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 FFMPEG.org...


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.



Nov 5, 2011 Version: 0.7.7.0.8.6 OS: Linux Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



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.


Sep 1, 2011 Version: N-31932-g41bf67d (Aug 16, 2011 build) OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 4/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



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


Aug 29, 2011 Version: all OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



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.



Aug 29, 2011 Version: 0.8 OS: WinXP Ease of use: -/10 Functionality: -/10 Value for money: -/10 Overall: 5/10



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?


Jul 25, 2011 Version: 0.8 OS: MacOSX Ease of use: -/10 Functionality: -/10 Value for money: -/10 Overall: 5/10



Just study the manual, and make your own batch files.
no need for a gui.
ffmpeg does it all.



Jul 7, 2009 Version: 1 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



i use the dot net ffmpeg gui, its got the usual presets and a small footprint


Jul 7, 2009 Version: 5 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 6/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



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.

http://www.barrydegraaff.tk/files/Linux/ffmpeg-binaries/



May 20, 2009 Version: n/a OS: Linux Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 5/10 Value for money: 9/10 Overall: 7/10



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.



Apr 3, 2009 Version: SVN-r15815 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10



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.


Jan 9, 2006 Version: 0.4.9-0.20041110.3.1 OS: Linux Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



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.



May 17, 2005 Version: 0.4.9-pre1 build 4747 OS: Other Ease of use: 4/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10



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


Apr 28, 2005 Version: 0.3c OS: WinXP Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10



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 http://mingw.org.



Jan 1, 2004 Version: 0.4.8 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10


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