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How to install the transcoding tools on Debian 6 "Squeeze"?

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For an update to VIMP 3.2.0+ you just have to install exiftool additionally. Mplayer/mencoder can be uninstalled. And please make sure the " squeeze-backports"-repository is installed. Check the update note below then:

For using open source transcoding with VIMP you have to install the necessary transcoding tools (FFmpeg, exiftool).


Edit sources for "apt"

Debian and Ubuntu use the packet-manager "apt" to install software. We first have to add the needed sources (repositories):
(we recommend using "joe" to edit the file)

touch /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
joe /etc/apt/sources.list.d/

We add the following lines to the file


# Debian Multimedia Repository 
deb squeeze main non-free
deb squeeze-backports main


In case of an update and you just added "squeeze-backports", simply execute the following commands to update FFmpeg:


apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get dist-upgrade


Then save the file (with joe type ctrl-k->ctrl-x)
and install the keyring for the just added repositories (if aksed, enter "Y"):


apt-get update
apt-get install deb-multimedia-keyring


Then we update the cache changes in our working directory:


apt-get update
cd /usr/src


Now we have to install the tools:

apt-get install libimage-exiftool-perl ffmpeg


For an update to VIMP 3.2.0+ you have to install exiftool:

apt-get install libimage-exiftool-perl


For VIMP <= 3.1.9 MPlayer/mencoder is needed:

apt-get install mplayer mencoder


At last copy the FFmpeg-presets to /usr/share/ffmpeg


You can download the presets here

That´s it. Now it´s time to install the hosting for VIMP.

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