Background :

I used ffmpeg to merge two videos side by side. First I install ffmpeg by following command as it suggest by Ubuntu itself.

sudo apt-get install libav-tools


sudo apt-get install ffmpeg

But then I realize it is not the correct version since it doesn't support for -filter_complex and few other functions.

After a few hours researcher I found real ffmpeg and I succeed with video conversion as well. As per that article, it is suggesting we need to build it our own.


Question :

What is easiest way to install that ffmpeg version (which is support for -filter_complex ) without following all those steps ?

  • Do you insist on using ffmpeg for merging two videos or a better tool having a GUI will be fine? – jobin Feb 26 '14 at 12:00
  • I need to do it in programmatic way not manually. I have tried gstreamer as well. – Janith Chinthana Feb 26 '14 at 12:18
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    You can try this builds already compiled: ffmpeg.gusari.org/static – bob Feb 26 '14 at 13:06
  • alternatively, I suggest WinFF winff.org/html_new which supports ffmpeg command line – bob Feb 26 '14 at 13:09

The ffmpeg versions available in the Ubuntu repositories may not be up to date. Therefore, if you want the latest features, download the latest ffmpeg static build (32/64) with given link and follow the instructions.


  • Download and extract the latest archive:

    wget https://johnvansickle.com/ffmpeg/builds/ffmpeg-git-64bit-static.tar.xz
    tar xvf ffmpeg-git-*.tar.xz
  • Place the ffmpeg and other binaries whereever you need to run that command, for example into /usr/local/bin in order to have it to your $PATH:

    cd ./ffmpeg-git-*
    sudo cp ff* qt-faststart /usr/local/bin/
  • Run ffmpeg using: ffmpeg


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