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ffmpeg – file name too long

-filter_complex [1]lut=a=val*0.5[a];[0][a]overlay=main_w-overlay_w-10:main_h-overlay_h-10 -codec:v libx264 -r 29 -pix_fmt yuv420p -profile:v baseline -level 3 -b:v 3500k -s 320×240 -codec:a aac -strict experimental -ac 2 -b:a 64k

A few videos were being stucked on queue list… and I wasn’t finding the problem.
Looks like ffmpeg acts a little weird with “.

I’v replaced the ” with ‘ and the problem was fixed.

MPEG-DASH – Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP

Some references to MPEG-DASH.

Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH), also known as MPEG-DASH
In Wikipédia


MPEG-DASH — technology of the new generation, allow to broadcast the adaptive video stream. The data broke into fragments and are transfer to the client on the protocol of HTTP. It allowed to transfer reliably video through exist HTTP инфрастуктуру, to overcome the proxy server, and also without serious consequences to transfer problems with a network, changes of network addresses itd.

DASH — Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP. The standard of DASH ISO/IEC 23009-1:2012 were develop by group of MPEG in 2011The technology of MPEG-DASH as a whole are similarto other known technology of HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) which is develop by the company of Apple and widely us on mobile devices with iOS and Android. The flow are present in the form of small fragments on duration and the playlist (manifesto) contain meta data of a flow and the reference to fragments.

In MPEG-DASH in nginx-rtmp-module: live video in the browser without flesh


Some links

Install FFMPEG on Centos / CPanel FFmpeg Static Builds

Download the latest FFmpeg Static Builds from http://johnvansickle.com/ffmpeg/.

How to know if we need to download the 32 or 64 bits?
Lets run:

cat /etc/*release*
CentOS release 6.6 (Final)

Or using uname (more reliable)

uname -m

I’v download it do a specific folder

wget http://johnvansickle.com/ffmpeg/builds/ffmpeg-git-64bit-static.tar.xz

And the run the following command to uncompress it:

tar xf ffmpeg-git-64bit-static.tar.xz

To run ffmpeg or ffprobe we need to give the full path to them!

It worked!

With the lastest versions!



-bash-3.2$ tar -xf ffmpeg-git-64bit-static.tar.xz 
tar: This does not look like a tar archive
tar: Skipping to next header
tar: Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers
tar: Read 5668 bytes from ffmpeg-git-64bit-static.tar.xz
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

tar version (fuckz!)

tar (GNU tar) 1.15.1

Well, this machine, where I got this error, is a managed server…
I didn’t bored to ask support to upgrade TAR or install XZ… but if you want, you can install XZ and then…

xz -d archive.tar.xz
tar xvf archive.tar

It might work! 🙂
Btw! On old machines kernel might not be compatible

ffmpeg – watermark positions

This are the command lines that I use to add the watermark picture named watermark.png on the video named source.avi and export to output.flv.

Tested on a DigitalOcean Virtual server! 😉

rock ssd

The 10 values are the paddings!

Top left
ffmpeg –i source.avi -vf "movie=watermark.png [watermark]; [in][watermark] overlay=10:10 [out]" output.flv

Top right
ffmpeg –i source.avi -vf "movie=watermark.png [watermark]; [in][watermark] overlay=main_w-overlay_w-10:10 [out]" output.flv

Bottom left
ffmpeg –i source.avi -vf "movie=watermark.png [watermark]; [in][watermark] overlay=10:main_h-overlay_h-10 [out]" output.flv

Bottom right
ffmpeg –i source.avi -vf "movie=watermark.png [watermark]; [in][watermark] overlay=main_w-overlay_w-10:main_h-overlay_h-10 [out]" output.flv

ffmpeg –i source.avi -vf “movie=watermark.png [watermark]; [in][watermark] overlay=main_w/2-overlay_w/2:main_h/2-overlay_h/2 [out]” output.flv



If you get this error…

[NULL @ 0x45fd680] Unable to find a suitable output format for '–i'
–i: Invalid argument

try something like…

ffmpeg -i 'video-source.mp4' -i /watermark/path/image.png -filter_complex "overlay=main_w-overlay_w-10:main_h-overlay_h-10" -c:v libx264 -vsync 2 -strict -2 /output/video.mp4

ffmpeg image thumbnail every minute, seconds… the math!


This will create one thumbnail image every minute, named img001.jpg, img002.jpg, img003.jpg, … (%03d means that ordinal number of each thumbnail image should be formatted using 3 digits)

ffmpeg -i myvideo.avi -f image2 -vf fps=fps=1/60 img%03d.jpg

This will create one thumbnail image every 10 minutes, named thumb0001.bmp, thumb0002.bmp, thumb0003.bmp, …

ffmpeg -i test.flv -f image2 -vf fps=fps=1/600 thumb%04d.bmp

This will create one thumbnail image every I-frame, named thumb0001.bmp, thumb0002.bmp, thumb0003.bmp, …


So, we can use some logical/math to make some conclusions…
1/60 stands for 1 thumb at each 60 seconds,  the same as say each minute…
1/600 stands for 1 thumb at each 60 seconds * 10, the same as say each 10 minutes…

if we want a thumb at each 2 minutes we should multiply the 60 per 2, that will gives us 1/120… this way we can also assume that if we want a thumb at each 4 seconds, we can use 1/4.

Useful link

pre-configurated of output dimensions on ffmpeg

Some pre-configurations of output dimensions on ffmpeg.

ffmpeg -i source.ext -r 1 -s 4cif -f image2 img%5d.jpg

This will produce you pictures with 704 width * 576 height

sqcif 128×96 qcif 176×144 cif 352×288
4cif 704×576 qqvga 160×120 qvga 320×240
vga 640×480 svga 800×600 xga 1024×768
uxga 1600×1200 qxga 2048×1536 sxga 1280×1024
qsxga 2560×2048 hsxga 5120×4096 wvga 852×480
wxga 1366×768 wsxga 1600×1024 wuxga 1920×1200
woxga 2560×1600 wqsxga 3200×2048 wquxga 3840×2400
whsxga 6400×4096 whuxga 7680×4800 cga 320×200
hd480 852×480 hd720 1280×720 hd1080 1920×1080

ffmpeg 2.0

I’m having problems with avconv, especially exporting the video properties to json

“Failed to set value ‘json’ for option”

I was able to create json files with ffmpeg, but since ubuntu uses avconv and ffmpeg is an aliase of avconv… i’m not able to create json files…. be struggling with it for 4 days.

This is how I’v installed FFMPEG 2.0 on my Ubuntu 13.

$ wget -c www.ffmpeg.org/releases/ffmpeg-2.0.tar.gz
$ tar -xzvf ffmpeg-2.0.tar.gz
$ cd ffmpeg-2.0
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install

If you start to have problems while trying to run ./configure…

apt-get install gcc

You will probably also need to install make

root@digitalwhores:/home/ffmpeg/ffmpeg-2.0# make
The program 'make' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing:
apt-get install make
root@digitalwhores:/home/ffmpeg/ffmpeg-2.0# apt-get install make

An them go to  ./configure from the initial instructions…

sudo ./configure --disable-yasm


root@digitalwhores:/home/ffmpeg/ffmpeg-2.0# ./ffmpeg
ffmpeg version 2.0 Copyright (c) 2000-2013 the FFmpeg developers
 built on Sep 22 2013 10:23:36 with gcc 4.7 (Ubuntu/Linaro 4.7.3-1ubuntu1)

And now! remove the old ffmpeg/avconv!
Hasta la vista!

sudo apt-get remove ffmpeg
sudo apt-get autoremove



Unknown encoder ‘libx264’

On my stack, on digitalocean, i have Ubuntu (13, and i’m deploying a small work that need avconv (former ffmpeg).

I need to convert from WMV to MP4 files and i was getting Unknown encoder ‘libx264’ error.

This is how i’v added video encoder libx264 to my avcodec.

apt-get update
apt-get install libavcodec-extra-53

Tested on
Ubuntu 13.04 (GNU/Linux 3.8.0-19-generic x86_64)
Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.8.0-29-generic x86_64)

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