Re: latest x264/ffmpeg + 8.04 + futurue pgrade path howto?
I read your post with great interest, in part because I wrote the MPlayer walkthrough that you refer to .
Ubuntu does a great job supplying packages of things like MPlayer and ffmpeg but if you want the latest version of these there is no other way than to produce your own. Thus the compiling guides that you have mentioned.
Originally Posted by mem
If you are not happy installing from source Nathan's amazing guide will be the best that Ubuntu has to offer IMHO. But I believe for the very latest, which offers greater benefits but also potentially greater problems, you will need to compile from the upstream source.
i've done the search on the forums and come up with 1000 different ways of doing it and have no idea which one to trust. Nor does installing from source really provide a good upgrade path.
You are mistaken that there is no upgrade path. The software from subversion and git repositories is designed for easy upgrade with either 'svn update' or 'git pull'. To place your packages within the Ubuntu package management system simply use the checkinstall utility.
Well actually you are missing one important thing . The three authors of these guides (including myself) are not on the forum staff and in fact are just regular Ubuntu users like yourself who have taken it upon themselves to write these guides. Takes a fair bit of research and a willingness to support the users of these guides.
am i missing something or is this truly just the kind of support we've got at this point.
If there is something lacking in the guides themselves you can usually send a message to the author and the problem will be fixed. If there is an area of instruction completely missing from the forums you can write it up yourself as a new guide.
As for playback of your movies you may find that Nathan's guide will be enough and I would encourage this as a first stop, although this will not give you the 'latest' that you have spoken of. If the quality is not enough you may need to consider MPlayer from svn. To convert your own movies you can either use MPlayer compiled against the git x264 or install your own ffmpeg as suggested by FakeOutdoorsman. A few great choices .
All the best,
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