Using Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy) or newer? There are updated instructions available here.
For various boring legal reasons, Ubuntu Linux’s various packages are separated out into different repositories based on their licensing restrictions. As a result of this, packages which are in the main repository but require packages in other repositories for additional functionality are compiled without those extra features.
Here’s how to get a copy of ffmpeg to work with things like AAC, MP3, and so on. I am assuming that you have already enabled the ‘multiverse’ and ‘universe’ repositories. If not, do so first. Now, bust out a terminal, and type this:
sudo apt-get build-dep ffmpeg sudo apt-get install liblame-dev libfaad2-dev \ libfaac-dev libxvidcore4-dev checkinstall fakeroot apt-get source ffmpeg cd ffmpeg-0.cvs* vi debian/rules
Add the following lines to
debian/rules, under the
confflags += --enable-mp3lame --enable-faad confflags += --enable-faac --enable-xvid
Continuing in the terminal:
fakeroot debian/rules binary sudo checkinstall
This will take some time, after which the process asks for some details. You can accept the default choices, except for the following changes:
- Set ‘Name’ to ‘ffmpeg’.
- Set ‘Version’ to something newer than the currently installed ffmpeg (I called mine ‘3:0.cvs20050121-1ubuntu2’).
After that, you should have a system-recognised, fully-loaded
version of ffmpeg. If you have problems, leave a comment. The above
method worked for me on 5.04; it
might not work on also
works on 5.10 according to reports. (Thanks, Kyle.)
I’ve made a small improvement to the
ffmpeg-0.cvs* line in the instructions: it now uses a
wildcard so that they can be copied and pasted directly into the