Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty) users might be interested in a newer version.
Some things have changed since I wrote my original instructions for getting a fully-functional ffmpeg on Ubuntu Linux over a year ago. Based on comments and tips there, I’ve updated the instructions to work with the latest release of Ubuntu, 6.10 (a.k.a. ‘Edgy’).
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, open a terminal, and type this:
sudo apt-get build-dep ffmpeg sudo apt-get install liblame-dev libfaad2-dev \ libfaac-dev libxvidcore4-dev liba52-0.7.4 \ liba52-0.7.4-dev libx264-dev checkinstall \ build-essential apt-get source ffmpeg cd ffmpeg-* ./configure --enable-gpl --enable-pp --enable-vorbis \ --enable-libogg --enable-a52 --enable-dts \ --enable-dc1394 --enable-libgsm --disable-debug \ --enable-mp3lame --enable-faad --enable-faac \ --enable-xvid --enable-pthreads --enable-x264 make
Before proceeding, find the currently-available
apt-cache show ffmpeg | grep Version
You’ll get something like this:
You can then use a newer version number for the custom-built
version you’re about to install. In this case, just increment the
last number to get
The program 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, as discussed earlier (I used
After that, you should have a system-recognised, fully-loaded version of ffmpeg. As ever, please leave a comment if you have any problems.