12 August, 2009

Debian Lenny - FFMpeg

A challenge of migrating to a new distribution will always be the subtleties that each update brings.

For example, I assume this is because Debian strives to ensure that only open-source utilities are distributed my recent update to 'Lenny' left me with an FFMpeg distro that doesn't support encoding MS-MPEG4v2 videos.

As a result, you have to rebuild from source as follows:

xion:/home/user/ffmpeg-0.5$ ./configure --enable-x11grab --enable-gpl --prefix=/usr
xion:/home/user/ffmpeg-0.5$ su
xion:/home/user/ffmpeg-0.5# make install

I chose the /usr destination to overwrite any existing installation, otherwise you'd have to resolve path issues to ensure you're running the 'right' binary.


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