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Its annoying that the default ffmpeg in ubuntu's repositories is outdated and hobbled for legal reasons, however, there's a great page on the forums that walks you through building it from scratch: (I also add in support for --enable-libdc1394 --enable-libgsm --enable-libopenjpeg --enable-libschroedinger --enable-libspeex when I build, which is nice, but not essential.)

Anyway, I'm getting set to setup a computer lab running ubuntu for a multimedia class I'm teaching, and I was wondering if there was PPA out there that did something similar to what is available when building from scratch. The things I absolutely need from it are up-to-date libxvid, libx264, libfaac, and libmp3lame support plus the un-encumbered stuff (vorbis, theora, vpx).

Is there a PPA out there that provides something like this?

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For older releases we may be able to install the libavcodec-extra-52 package from Medibuntu that includes ffmpeg 0.6. Newer Ubuntu versions are supported from Medibuntu with the libavcodec-extra-53-library.

Note that recent Ubuntu versions have libavcode-extra-53 Install libavcodec-extra-53 together with ffmpeg Install ffmpeg or avconv Install avconv installable from the repositories too.

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Just to clarify: Medibuntu isn't actually official (although it is very widely used) – 8128 Jan 13 '11 at 21:10
@fluteflute: ++1, that's exactly why I put it in quotes ;) – Takkat Jan 13 '11 at 21:44

According to

FFmpeg Ubuntu packages for Precise, Oneiric, Natty, Maverick, and Lucid (amd64, i386) are available at Jon Severinsson's FFmpeg PPA.

I don't think there can be any better PPA than this ;)

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Your link is broken... – Calmarius Aug 29 '15 at 9:36

You can go here: to see several ppa maintainers. The latest appear around October of last year.

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Sam Rog maintains a current build of ffmpeg in his PPA.
(Widely quoted, as in here and here.)

Jon Severinsson's FFmpeg PPA is the most official one, but it is way behind, at version 0.10.

Alternatively to using a PPA, the pre-built binaries are available from the download page.
Consider wget/tar/mv as a simple alternative to adding a ppa and installing.

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