How do I use FFmpeg at DreamHost?

FFmpeg is a program that can record, convert and stream digital audio and video in numerous formats. Its most widely used to convert video files to the popular FLV format for playback using a Flash video player in a web browser.

Shared installation

By default, DreamHost users have access to a shared installation of FFmpeg in the following directory:



For an overview of FFmpeg, view the man page at the following link.

The following is a very basic example of how to convert an .avi file to an .flv file.

You can run this command on your web server after logging in via SSH:

[server]$ ffmpeg -i inputfile.avi outputfile.flv

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