How to install the transcoding tools on Ubuntu 13.04

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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 13.04

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 yasm

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:


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:

tar xvjf last_stable_x264.tar.bz2
# VORSICHT: Pfad im nächsten Befehl bitte ersetzen:
cd x264-snapshot-XXXXXXXX-XXXX-stable/
./configure --enable-shared --enable-pic
make && make install
cd ..

We install libvpx:

tar xvjf libvpx-v1.2.0.tar.bz2
cd libvpx-v1.2.0
./configure --enable-shared --enable-pic
make install
cd ..

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

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

...and FFmpeg and FFprobe:

tar xvjf ffmpeg-2.0.1.tar.bz2
cd ffmpeg-2.0.1/
./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
cd ..

We install or copy qt-faststart:

  • Please download qt-faststart from our website:
  • Copy the script that meets your needs (32-Bit: faststart ; 64-Bit: faststart_64) to /usr/local/bin/
  • make executable:
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/faststart


chmod +x /usr/local/bin/faaststart_64

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

apt-get install libimage-exiftool-perl

Finally, create the required cron job.

Last update on 2017/05/15 by Admin.

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