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How to install the transcoding tools on Debian 7 "Wheezy"?

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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 " wheezy-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 <a href="
In case of an update and you just added the "wheezy-backports"-repository, simply execute the following commands to update FFmpeg:
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get dist-upgrade
Then save the file (with joe, ctrl-k->ctrl-x) and install the keyring for the previously added repositories (if asked, enter "Y"):
apt-get update
apt-get install deb-multimedia-keyring


Next, 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

VIMP >=2.7 can use the included presets. If you use an older version, don´t forget to 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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