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Installing FFMPEG - The easy way!

Mohammed NaserMohammed Naser

A lot of people are getting hiring people to install FFMPEG as they think it's a difficult task, but it's much easier than you think if you follow these instructions. You should have root access & basic Linux knowledge to the server to follow these instructions.

1. Create a directory to do our work in

mkdir ~/ffmpeg
cd ~/ffmpeg

2. Get all the source files

wget http://www3.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/codecs/ essential-20061022.tar.bz2  
wget http://rubyforge.org/frs/download.php/9225/ flvtool2_1.0.5_rc6.tgz  
wget http://easynews.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/ lame/lame-3.97.tar.gz  
wget http://superb-west.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/ ffmpeg-php/ffmpeg-php-0.5.0.tbz2  
wget http://downloads.xiph.org/releases/ ogg/libogg-1.1.3.tar.gz  
wget http://downloads.xiph.org/releases/ vorbis/libvorbis-1.1.2.tar.gz

3. Extract all the source files

bunzip2 essential-20061022.tar.bz2; tar xvf essential-20061022.tar  
tar zxvf flvtool2_1.0.5_rc6.tgz  
tar zxvf lame-3.97.tar.gz  
bunzip2 ffmpeg-php-0.5.0.tbz2; tar xvf ffmpeg-php-0.5.0.tar  
tar zxvf libogg-1.1.3.tar.gz  
tar zxvf libvorbis-1.1.2.tar.gz

4. Create the codecs directory & import them

mkdir /usr/local/lib/codecs/  
mv essential-20061022/* /usr/local/lib/codecs/  
chmod -R 755 /usr/local/lib/codecs/

5. Install SVN/Ruby (Depends on OS, this is for RHEL/CentOS)

yum install subversion  
yum install ruby  
yum install ncurses-devel

6. Get the latest FFMPEG/MPlayer from the subversion

svn checkout svn://svn.mplayerhq.hu/ffmpeg/trunk ffmpeg  
svn checkout svn://svn.mplayerhq.hu/mplayer/trunk mplayer

7. Compile LAME

cd ~/ffmpeg/lame-3.97  
make install

8. Compile libOGG

cd ~/ffmpeg/libogg-1.1.3  
make install

9. Compile libVorbis

cd ~/ffmpeg/libvorbis-1.1.2  
make install

10. Compile flvtool2

cd ~/ffmpeg/flvtool2_1.0.5_rc6  
ruby setup.rb config  
ruby setup.rb setup  
ruby setup.rb install

11. Compile MPlayer

cd ~/ffmpeg/mplayer  
make install

12. Compile FFMPEG

cd ~/ffmpeg/ffmpeg  
./configure --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libogg --enable-libvorbis --disable-mmx --enable-shared  
echo '#define HAVE_LRINTF 1' >> config.h  
make install

13. Finalize the codec setups

ln -s /usr/local/lib/libavformat.so.50 /usr/lib/libavformat.so.50  
ln -s /usr/local/lib/libavcodec.so.51 /usr/lib/libavcodec.so.51  
ln -s /usr/local/lib/libavutil.so.49 /usr/lib/libavutil.so.49  
ln -s /usr/local/lib/libmp3lame.so.0 /usr/lib/libmp3lame.so.0  
ln -s /usr/local/lib/libavformat.so.51 /usr/lib/libavformat.so.51

14. Compile FFMPEG-PHP

cd ~/ffmpeg/ ffmpeg-php-0.5.0  
make install

15. Install FFMPEG-PHP (make sure the php.ini path is correct.)

echo 'extension=/usr/local/lib/php/extensions/ no-debug-non-zts-20020429/ffmpeg.so' >> /usr/local/Zend/etc/php.ini

16. Restart Apache to load FFMPEG-PHP (Depends on OS, this is for RHEL/CentOS)

service httpd restart

17. Verify if it works

php -r 'phpinfo();' | grep ffmpeg

If you get a few lines such as

ffmpeg support (ffmpeg-php) => enabled  
ffmpeg-php version => 0.5.0  
ffmpeg.allow_persistent => 0 => 0

Then everything is installed and working. FFMPEG, FFMPEG-PHP, MPlayer, MEncoder, flv2tool, LAME MP3 encoder & libOGG.

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