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February 13, 2008

ffmpeg package ridiculously slow on Debian.

Filed under: Debian, ffmpeg, Tuxicity — tuxicity @ 5:40 pm

I am using ffmpeg to convert avi’s and asf files to dvd files, simply because i like to watch shows with my dvd player, and my player is not able to play avi’s and what not.

I am running a Debian unstable box using ffmpeg from http://www.debian-multimedia.org/

And is it ever slow!

I decided to grab the sources from http://ffmpeg.mplayerhq.hu/download.html and compile them for personal usage.

I used checkinstall to create my Debian package, installed it and finally ffmpeg is running as it should, its at least 3 times faster.

Personally I would like to kick the Debian packager of ffmpeg, what the ***** are you doing to make ffmpeg so slow ??




  1. Did you test the ffmpeg on other debian computer?

    Comment by Fahiec.com — March 17, 2008 @ 3:23 am

  2. I do the opposite with the same problem.

    Just installed a bulk standard Unbuntu 8.04 today. I used to run this script below on Ubuntu 6 and it took and hour or so to create the avi. Now it takes 4 hours at 7 frames a second. So something is still wrong with the package..

    k9copy –play –inject /tmp/kde-user/k9copy/k8vUwSXLz.tmp –input ‘/media/disk/My Movies/The DVDIMAGE.iso’ –dvdtitle 3 –initstatus –audiofilter 1 | mencoder /dev/stdin -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vhq:v4mv:vqmin=2:vbitrate=1856 -ffourcc DIVX -vf pp=de,crop=0:0:0:0,scale=640:-2 -oac copy -o ‘/home/user/The DVDAVI – 5.1.avi’

    Comment by Richard — May 11, 2008 @ 8:49 am

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