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FFmpeg is a cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video.

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FFmpeg review by SOORAJ P.
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"Easiest way to get Multimedia details on server size"

What do you like best?

Most popular library to extract details of a video on server side( not client side ). It also facilitates providing video duration, type, codecs etc , in short, all the things you may require to sort a video into some category.

The thing that ffmpeg is widely used may be due to its versatile platforms like it can work on Command Lines and also through scripting language like PHP.

For beginners there are tons of videos and other documentations that would easily help them learn.

What do you dislike?

Its output may scare beginners. Its complex as it provides too much information about your input. Extracting particular detail can be challenging but once you know the thing, you are bound to use it again and again.

Furthermore, it does not support some type of files. It shoes some "unknown input found" for files that are a bit complex to process but works for most of the audio, video and many other multimedia.

It is also difficult ot work with in scripting language as some times running command through languages like PHP is difficult.

Recommendations to others considering the product

At the beginning stage it might be difficult to learn the stuff but when you understand the thing, it really eases your work.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use ffmpeg for our work to sort the videos on server side for filtering based on some of video's attributes like its duration and type. With its work supported to audio files and other types, its range to work inputs is also wide, attracting many users.

The screenshot attached shows the use of FFMPEG that shows a video's details by running a command line instruction ( shown at top of screenshot). you can run same by using "exec()" in php to get the result and extract particular detail you need.

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FFmpeg review by User in Defense & Space
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"Great way to process video and audio"

What do you like best?

FFmpeg gives so many options for processing video, even beyond your stated goal. That flexibility provides great options on the command line, and even when using as a container.

What do you dislike?

Some of the options you can invoke on the command line require specific ordering that isn't necessarily stated in the documentation, or isn't easy to access. This requires extra tinkering with little to go on as to what the error messages are.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make use of the FFmpeg documentation and don't try too hard to make StackOverflow solutions fit your questions. Some of those solutions are off the beaten path, especially given that FFmpeg has so many options.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was able to convert video streams and cut the videos into pieces, as well as take screenshots of the videos. This allowed us to automate the processing of videos instead of preprocessing by hand. This saves up to an hour per video of processing.

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FFmpeg review by User in Computer Software
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"Don't Fear the Command Line, FFmpeg Can Do It All"

What do you like best?

I love the sheer power of FFmpeg. It is amazing software which can help solve a multitude of video- and audio-related problems. If you are comfortable with the command line, it is a breeze to use. The available options are very smart, and errors are often handled gracefully.

What do you dislike?

This software is used via the command line, so non-engineers will face a steep learning curve in order to use the program. Even for advanced users, some of the available options are tough to learn, despite being very powerful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn the command line and you will enjoy FFmpeg.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In my current job, I've use FFmpeg in a variety of ways. Primarily, we use it to break down videos into their constituent frames, modify and stitch them back together in a variety of ways. Moreover, it's great for quickly extracting out the audio from a video file. We also use it to modify audio / video files before piping them to some 3rd party services.

FFmpeg review by Consultant
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"The Multimedia framework "

What do you like best?

The formats it can use and convert and all the video utilities that can be used.

What do you dislike?

All the options available can be a bit confusing,but it's also what makes it powerful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A real video utilities swiss army knife.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I needed a way to convert a not so popular format of video, did my research and after discovering ffmpeg and read some instructions i was able to rapidly convert the video to a mainstream format.

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