You can download the FFmpeg here as a video encoder for your codecs. There are a few of these such as the myFFmpeg, SmartFFmpeg, FFmpegGUI as well. Each of these are different. The FFmpeg you can download below and then install this on your computer. See below what this is as well as how to use this. See other video encoders as well on here.
FFmpeg as you will know is a free, open-source software library for handling multimedia files. these include video as well as audio files. You can also use it to convert, edit as well as stream audio and video files in various formats. The program has been used extensively in many different applications and platforms. FFmpeg can be used through a command-line interface as well as through a programming interface, and it supports a wide range of codecs and file formats.
How to install and use ffmpeg?
To install it on Windows. You will first need to download the executable binary files below. Once you have downloaded the file you will need to complete the following. You will need to add the FFmpeg binary folder to your system’s PATH environment variable, so that you can run it from any command prompt.
How to add a binary folder to your PATH environment variable
Now to add a binary folder to your system’s PATH environment variable on Windows, follow these steps:
- First open the Start menu and search for “Environment Variables”
- Then click on the “Edit the system environment variables”
- The in the System Properties window, click on the “Environment Variables” button
- Also under “System variables”, scroll down and find the “Path” variable, then click on the “Edit” button
- Then click on the “New” button and type in the path to the FFmpeg binary folder (for example, “C:\ffmpeg\bin”). Make sure to include the “bin” folder, as that is where the FFmpeg executable files are located.
- Click on “OK” to save the changes and close all open windows.
You will then be able to run the commands from the command prompt. So without having to navigate to the binary folder first. You can then also verify if you have set the environment variable correctly. This you can do by simply opening a new command prompt and typing “ffmpeg” and press enter.
If the installation was successful, you should see a list of ffmpeg commands. Also note that you may need to restart any open command prompt windows or IDEs for the changes to take effect. See also madFLAC as well as how to convert iTunes video to VLC media player as well.
Install and use ffmpeg
As an example, to convert a video file from one format to another, you can use the following command:
ffmpeg -i inputfile.mp4 outputfile.avi
This command will convert the inputfile.mp4 to outputfile.avi using default codecs.
You can also use FFmpeg to extract audio from a video file, using the following command:
ffmpeg -i inputfile.mp4 -vn -acodec copy outputfile.aac
This command will extract the audio from the inputfile.mp4 and save it as outputfile.aac using the aac codec.
What are FFmpeg Tools
The FFmpeg a very powerful tool for managing multimedia files. This can be used for a wide range of tasks. The most common uses with these are the tools are as used as follows:
- Convert video and audio files from one video format to another format. You can use the FFmpeg to convert say an MP4 file to an AVI file or you can also convert an MP3 file to a WAV file;
- Extract audio from a video file. Very good example is for those who wish to extract the audio from a video file. The best example is to extract the audio track from an MP4 file and save it as an MP3 or AAC file;
- Cut, trim and edit video files. Use FFmpeg to cut out a sections of a video as well as trim the edges of a video. You can also use it to add a watermark to your video.
- Join multiple video files together. Best example is to use FFmpeg to join multiple MP4 files into a single video.
- Stream live video and audio. With this software you use FFmpeg to stream a live video feed to a streaming service such as YouTube or Twitch.
- Create thumbnails of video files. Use it to create a set of thumbnails from a video file, at regular intervals.
- Transcode video files. You can also use the program to change codecs as well as bitrates, frame rates and more;
- Add subtitles, captions and audio tracks. Use this to add subtitles to a video, add captions to an audio.
This is just a small sample of the many tasks that FFmpeg can be used for. See also the tools in a separate download.
(FFmpeg 5.1.2-9 : 2023-01-26)