Man my head hurts...when is this going to "just work".. I went to a mates place who had windows. I installed winFF and he was transcoding things b4 I drunk my thankyou beer.. and yet here on my hardy heron, the home of linux box, I still cant do that because of the building and making and what ifs and stuff that have to be done and which I dont understand... Why is this not part of the standard ubuntu build? Is it in the works to be done? or is there some techno reason.
Sometimes familirity of Windows can be viewed instead as being better or easier. Your friend was most likely using an older, precompiled, third-party version of ffmpeg that can come with the Windows version of WinFF.
The goal of this tutorial is creating a fully customized, bleeding-edge ffmpeg and x264 installation. As with all bleeding-edge applications, things may not always go smoothly without some extra work and would be at least as work intensive to do the same in Windows. The Ubuntu License Policy keeps Ubuntu from releasing software that might be restricted by copyrights and patents, so proprietary formats, such as mp3, will not always work without the user enabling it themselves (see Restricted Formats).
Getting WinFF and ffmpeg installed in Ubuntu is as easy as downloading the WinFF deb and using Synaptic, aptitude, or apt-get to install ffmpeg. Ubuntu's version of ffmpeg doesn't support restricted formats, so if you want to use those you need to either use a precompiled third-party version, such as the one from Medibuntu, or compile ffmpeg yourself.
Last edited by FakeOutdoorsman; September 4th, 2008 at 06:34 PM.
I think one of the nice things about Debian based distros is that it's fairly easy to get dependancies installed even when you are compiling a more bleeding edge version of something, like ffmpeg or mplayer/mencoder for example.
"sudo apt-get build-dep ffmpeg"
That should take care of the dependancies for core ffmpeg. When you do the ./configure xxxxx on it you will see which libraries you have and which you don't. For reference, I use the following config line.
./configure --enable-gpl --enable-postproc --enable-libvorbis --enable-libtheora --disable-debug --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libfaad --enable-libfaac --enable-pthreads --enable-libx264 --enable-liba52 --enable-libdc1394 --enable-libgsm --enable-libxvid
You have to have installed the dev packages for these libs of course.
The Winblows version of WinFF is using a pre-compiled ffmpeg. A very old version as far as I know. SVN 9xxx I think.
I've created some hardy debs af x264, yasm and ffmpeg based on this thread, you can get them here: https://launchpad.net/~roderik/+archive
I've followed this tutorial up to the point of making ffmpeg, but I then proceed to get this error:
gcc -DHAVE_AV_CONFIG_H -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64 -D_LARGEFILE_SOURCE -I. -I"/home/aburk/ffmpeg" -D_ISOC99_SOURCE -D_POSIX_C_SOURCE=200112 -fasm -std=c99 -fomit-frame-pointer -pthread -Wdeclaration-after-statement -Wall -Wno-switch -Wdisabled-optimization -Wpointer-arith -Wredundant-decls -Wno-pointer-sign -Wcast-qual -Wwrite-strings -O3 -fno-math-errno -c -o libavcodec/libx264.o libavcodec/libx264.c
libavcodec/libx264.c: In function ‘X264_init’:
libavcodec/libx264.c:165: error: ‘x264_param_t’ has no member named ‘b_bframe_adaptive’
make: *** [libavcodec/libx264.o] Error 1
The checkinstall installation results displays the same error message. I searched around but haven't come to any conclusions regarding what might be wrong and I have no idea where to start looking with this...I tried to remove and reinstall the x264 package but that didn't seem to make a difference. Any ideas?
please help me i am stuck!!4. Get the most current source files from the official x264 git repository, compile, and install. You can run "./configure --help" to see what features you can enable/disable. If you are behind a firewall or unable to use git, then daily source tarballs are also available.
git clone git://git.videolan.org/x264.git
./configure --enable-pthread --enable-mp4-output --enable-shared
david@david-desktop:~$ git clone git://git.videolan.org/x264.git
Initialized empty Git repository in /home/david/x264/.git/
git.videolan.org[0: 188.8.131.52]: errno=Connection refused
fatal: unable to connect a socket (Connection refused)
fetch-pack from 'git://git.videolan.org/x264.git' failed.
Last edited by davidw89; September 15th, 2008 at 04:07 PM.
daily x264 source tarball instead if git isn't working.