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All distributions, recommended: How to install the transcoding tools? (VIMP 3.6.x+)

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Versions: 3.6.0+

As of VIMP 3.6.x we can use the static builds of FFmpeg (and FFprobe). 

Instead of installing, we just have to download and extract an archive that includes a running FFmpeg and FFprobe with all requirements.


Download and extract:

The download links for FFmpeg static builds are provided at

The direct URL to the FFmpeg static builds is


cd /opt/
tar --xz -xvf  ffmpeg-git-amd64-static.tar.xz
mv ffmpeg-git-XXXXXXXX-amd64-static/ ffmpeg

(Replace XXXXXXXX in the filename)


FFmpeg and FFprobe are already installed now.


Path to FFmpeg: /opt/ffmpeg/ffmpeg


Path to FFprobe: /opt/ffmpeg/ffprobe



Set Backend -> Configuration -> Transcoding OpenSource Settings -> AAC Encoder to Native FFmpeg AAC encoder.

Additional information at:


Exiftool installation

Depending on whether the Debian or Redhat packet manager is used you can install "exiftool"

- with apt-get:


apt-get install libimage-exiftool-perl


- with yum:


yum install perl-Image-ExifTool


For the transcoding of 360-degree videos (VIMP 4.2 and higher), please check whether the exiftool version is at least 10.8. If this is not the case, please install exiftool as described here:


After the update, please update the path to exiftool in the configuration under Transcoding OpenSource -> exiftool path (e.g. /opt/exiftool/exiftool), if it has changed.

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