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A Blog Reborn

March 27, 2011 Leave a comment

When I orginally started this blog back at the beginning of 2008, it was dedicated specifically to open source video topics. This was something I was passionate about and involved in. Over the last three years much has changed, although I am still deeply interested in open source video.

Over time I found that I wanted to blog about other topics, but didn’t really have an outlet for this. I didn’t want another blog.

My work circumstances also changed. After eight years at BBC Worldwide, most recently as Head of Digital Distribution, it was time for a change. I invested in a small post-production company in central London, The Station, and also started consulting for mediapeers, a specialist broadcast content distribution tool vendor.

I was also paying too much money each month for a dedicated server that I wasn’t really using. This blog has now moved to WordPress’ own hosting solution.

There it is, a new start and a fresh approach. I sincerely hope there will be a steadier stream of content on this blog, from a wider range of topics.

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FFmpeg: Update Installing on Ubuntu Hardy

May 1, 2008 1 comment

Having recently installed Xubuntu Hardy Heron on a laptop, I also
needed to install FFmpeg. This post is really just a couple of notes
for myself, updating my earlier How-To post regarding installation of
FFmpeg on Ubuntu Gutsy.

New apt-get install line:

sudo apt-get install liblame-dev libfaad2-dev libfaac-dev
libxvidcore4-dev liba52-0.7.4 liba52-0.7.4-dev libx264-dev libdts-dev
libswscale-dev checkinstall build-essential subversion

Here I’ve added the swscale development libraries. Swscale is used for scaling videos.

you are ever stuck behind a firewall or proxy, especially one that you
have no control over and which does not understand certain SVN
commands, there is a nightly Subversion snapshot available for download
from the FFmpeg website. This alleviates the need to checkout the
source with SVN.

New configure line:

–enable-gpl –enable-libvorbis –enable-libtheora –enable-liba52
–enable-libdc1394 –enable-libgsm –enable-libmp3lame –enable-libfaad
–enable-libfaac –enable-libxvid –enable-pthreads –enable-libx264
–enable-shared –enable-swscale –enable-avfilter –enable-postproc

Here I’ve removed –enable-pp as it is no longer recognised. And I’ve
added –enable-swscale, –enable-avfilter, –enable-avfilter-lavf and

Avfilter is the new FFmpeg library that replaces the deprecated vhook functionality.

One last note to self is to investigate the possibilities of AVIsynth scripting and FFmpeg.

Read more…

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