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FFmpeg is the leading multimedia framework, able to decode, encode, transcode, mux, demux, stream, filter and play pretty much anything that humans and machines have created. It supports the most obscure ancient formats up to the cutting edge. No matter if they were designed by some standards committee, the community or a corporation. It is also highly portable: FFmpeg compiles, runs, and passes our testing infrastructure FATE across Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, the BSDs, Solaris, etc. under a wide variety of build environments, machine architectures, and configurations.

Interactive Usage

After connecting to iceberg (see Establishing a SSH connection), start an interactive session with the qsh or qrsh command. The latest version of ffmpeg (currently 2.8.3) is made available with the command

module load apps/gcc/5.2/ffmpeg

Alternatively, you can load a specific version with

module load apps/gcc/5.2/ffmpeg/2.8.3

This command makes the ffmpeg binaries available to your session. It also loads version 5.2 of the gcc compiler environment since gcc 5.2 was used to compile ffmpeg 2.8.3

You can now run ffmpeg. For example, to confirm the version loaded

ffmpeg -version

and to get help

ffmpeg -h


Once you have made ffmpeg available to the system using the module command above, you can read the man pages by typing

man ffmpeg

Installation notes

ffmpeg was installed using gcc 5.2

module load compilers/gcc/5.2

tar xf ./ffmpeg-2.8.3.tar.xz
cd ffmpeg-2.8.3
mkdir -p /usr/local/packages6/apps/gcc/5.2/ffmpeg/2.8.3
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/packages6/apps/gcc/5.2/ffmpeg/2.8.3
make install


The test suite was executed

make check

All tests passed.


  • The module file is on the system at /usr/local/modulefiles/apps/gcc/5.2/ffmpeg/2.8.3
  • The module file is on github.