This tutorial intends to teach you How To Install and Use FFmpeg on Ubuntu 22.04.
FFmpeg is a powerful collection of libraries and tools that allows you to work with media files. You can use it to convert video files between different formats, re-encode a video file with a different codec, extract image frames from a video file, and much more.
FFmpeg is available on multiple platforms, including Windows, macOS, and various Linux distributions.
Steps To Install and Use FFmpeg on Ubuntu 22.04
To complete this guide, you must log in to your server as a non-root user with sudo privileges. To do this, you can follow our guide on Initial Server Setup with Ubuntu 22.04.
Install FFmpeg on Ubuntu 22.04
FFmpeg packages are available in the default Ubuntu repository.
First, update your local package index with the following command:
sudo apt update
Then, you can install FFmpeg with the following command:
sudo apt install ffmpeg -y
After your installation is completed, you can verify it by checking its version:
In your output you will see something similar to this:
Output ffmpeg version 4.4.2-0ubuntu0.22.04.1 Copyright (c) 2000-2021 the FFmpeg developers built with gcc 11 (Ubuntu 11.2.0-19ubuntu1) ...
List Available FFMpeg’s encoders and decoders
Now you can see all available FFMpeg’s encoders and decoders types on Ubuntu 22.04 with the following commands:
Output Encoders: V..... = Video A..... = Audio S..... = Subtitle .F.... = Frame-level multithreading ..S... = Slice-level multithreading ...X.. = Codec is experimental ....B. = Supports draw_horiz_band .....D = Supports direct rendering method 1 ------ V..... a64multi Multicolor charset for Commodore 64 (codec a64_multi) V..... a64multi5 Multicolor charset for Commodore 64, extended with 5th color (colram) (codec a64_multi5) V..... alias_pix Alias/Wavefront PIX image V..... amv AMV Video V..... apng APNG (Animated Portable Network Graphics) image V..... asv1 ASUS V1 V..... asv2 ASUS V2 ...
Output Decoders: V..... = Video A..... = Audio S..... = Subtitle .F.... = Frame-level multithreading ..S... = Slice-level multithreading ...X.. = Codec is experimental ....B. = Supports draw_horiz_band .....D = Supports direct rendering method 1 ------ V....D 012v Uncompressed 4:2:2 10-bit V....D 4xm 4X Movie V....D 8bps QuickTime 8BPS video V....D aasc Autodesk RLE V....D agm Amuse Graphics Movie VF...D aic Apple Intermediate Codec V....D alias_pix Alias/Wavefront PIX image V....D amv AMV Video V....D anm Deluxe Paint Animation V....D ansi ASCII/ANSI art VF...D apng APNG (Animated Portable Network Graphics) image V....D arbc Gryphon's Anim Compressor ...
At this point, you have installed FFmpeg on your Ubuntu 22.04. Now you can start using it.
How To Use FFmpeg on Ubuntu 22.04
In this step, we will show you how to use FFmpeg with some basic examples.
You don’t have to specify the input and output formats when you are converting the audio and video files with FFmpeg on Ubuntu 22.04.
The input file format is auto-detected, and the output format is guessed from the file extension.
For example, to convert a video file from mp4 to webm you can use the following command:
ffmpeg -i input.mp4 output.webm
And to convert an audio file from mp3 to ogg you can use the following command:
ffmpeg -i input.mp3 output.ogg
Also, you can use the –c parameter to specify the codecs when you are converting the files.
For example, you can convert a video file from mp4 to webm using the libvpx video codec and the libvorbis audio codec:
ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -c:v libvpx -c:a libvorbis output.webm
And to convert an audio file mp3 to ogg encoded with the libopus codec, you can use the following command:
ffmpeg -i input.mp3 -c:a libopus output.ogg
For more details and information about FFmpeg, you can visit the official FFmpeg documentation page.
At this point, you have learned to Install and Use FFmpeg on Ubuntu 22.04.
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