UPDATE: Run ffmpeg On Mac Without Compiling Anything

This is going to be a update to a post I did a few days ago, “Run ffmpeg On Mac Without Compiling Anything”. I did get some good and skeptic response. They solution I posted does indeed work, but it’s a very old binary and you don’t get ffplay, ffserver etc. And a nice fella posted a comment telling me just that, and I appreciate that :) Continue reading UPDATE: Run ffmpeg On Mac Without Compiling Anything

Run ffmpeg On Mac Without Compiling Anything

So you may be thinking, how on earth am I going to install ffmpeg on Mac OS X, do I compile it myself? Install it trough macports? NO, There is a perfectly fine and stable ffmpeg binary out there that someone else has compiled for us, and that someone (or he/she) is “FFmpegX”.

FFmpegX is a graphical front-end for ffmpeg (GUI) that makes it really easy to convert video and audio into different formats, however, I have used ffmpeg from the command line ever since I heard about it, and i prefer using it that way. And I didn’t want to compile it or use macports since I almost screw up my machine once doing so. So I went looking around for a pre-built binary¬† And I found it!

It turns out that there is a perfectly fine pre-built binary in the FFmpegX package itself! Here’s how you get it:

  1. Download and extract the FFmpegX package from here
  2. Control-Click the FFmpegX application, Choose “show package contents”, Go to “Resources”
  3. Copy the ffmpeg executable to /usr/local/bin (NOT /bin)
  4. Open the terminal and type ffmpeg to see if it works.

If you have any problems, type these commands and try again:

sudo chown root:wheel /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg
sudo chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg

Do you find ffmpeg usefull?

Mac OS X: How To Open The Terminal

So you have just found a great article online that requiers you to have access to the Mac OS X terminal, but where is it? No¬†worries, i’ll show you.

  1. Open “Finder”
  2. Open “Applications”
  3. Open “Utilities”
  4. And finally, open “Terminal”