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How to install the transcoding tools on Ubuntu 14.04

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For an update to VIMP 3.2.0+ you just have to install exiftool additionally. Mplayer/mencoder can be uninstalled.

This HowTo describes how to install the transcoding tools under Ubuntu 14.04

In most cases please just copy [&] paste the code into your shell and execute the commands as root.


First we do some maintenance and remove some packages (if existing):

cd /usr/src
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get remove x264 ffmpeg mplayer mencoder


We install the easy-to-use editor joe and some tools:

apt-get install joe make automake g++ bzip2 unzip patch subversion git yasm


Next, on both systems we have to extend the search path in /etc/

joe /etc/      

... and check, if the following lines exist within the file. If not, please add:


then please execute

# ldconfig


We install some codecs:

apt-get install libsdl1.2-dev zlib1g-dev libfaad-dev libfaac-dev libgsm1-dev libtheora-dev libvorbis-dev libspeex-dev libopencore-amrwb-dev libopencore-amrnb-dev libxvidcore-dev libxvidcore4 libmp3lame-dev libjpeg62 libjpeg62-dev 


We install x264:

git clone 
cd x264/ ./configure --enable-shared --enable-pic make && make install cd ..


We install libvpx:

git clone
cd libvpx
./configure --enable-shared --enable-pic
make install
cd ..


We install MPlayer/mencoder (VIMP <=3.1.9 only):

tar xvzf MPlayer-1.1.tar.gz
cd MPlayer-1.1/
make && make install
cd ..


...and FFmpeg and FFprobe:

xvjf ffmpeg-2.8.8.tar.bz2
cd ffmpeg-2.8.8
./configure --enable-gpl --enable-version3 --enable-shared --enable-nonfree --enable-postproc --enable-libfaac --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libopencore-amrnb --enable-libopencore-amrwb --enable-libtheora --enable-libvorbis --enable-libvpx --enable-libx264 --enable-libxvid
make install


We install qt-faststart

qt-faststart is part of FFmpeg. We´re still in the FFmpeg directory and change into the tools/ folder. Here we make qt-faststart and copy it to /usr/local/bin/:


cd tools
make qt-faststart
cp qt-faststart /usr/local/bin/
cd /usr/src


Since and for and update to VIMP 3.2.0+ you have to install exiftool:

apt-get install libimage-exiftool-perl


Finally, create the required cron job.

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