2009 02 28 converting videos to 3gp in ubuntu intrepid 810 with ffmpeg

David A Roberts edited this page Jun 9, 2015 · 1 revision

Converting videos to 3GP in Ubuntu Intrepid 8.10 with FFmpeg

The default installation of FFmpeg in Ubuntu Intrepid 8.10 doesn't support conversion to 3GP. According to this, installing ubuntu-restricted-extras should fix this, but that didn't work in my case. So, you may need to manually install the required packages:

sudo aptitude install \
libavcodec-unstripped-51 \
libavdevice-unstripped-52 \
libavformat-unstripped-52 \
libavutil-unstripped-49 \
libpostproc-unstripped-51 \

Then, to convert a video, you can either go the command-line route:

ffmpeg -i input.mpg \
-vcodec h263 -s qcif -r 15 -b 100k \
-acodec libfaac -ac 1 -ar 32000 -ab 64k \

Which will convert to input.mpg to output.3gp with:

  • H.263 video codec
  • QCIF video resolution (176x144)
  • 15fps
  • 100 kb/s video bitrate
  • AAC audio codec (through libfaac)
  • 1 audio channel
  • 32000 Hz audio sampling frequency
  • 64 kb/s audio bitrate

Alternatively, if you prefer using a GUI, you can try Mobile Media Converter (direct link to v.1.4.1 .deb), which seems to work pretty well, and also supports downloading videos directly from YouTube.

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