FFMPEG Commands and usages

FFmpeg is a free software project that produces libraries and programs for handling multimedia data. FFmpeg includes libavcodec, an audio/video codec library used by several other projects, libavformat (Lavf), an audio/video container mux and demux library, and the ffmpeg command line program for transcoding multimedia files.

This article explains the different ffmpeg commands and their usages.

WAV - Waveform Audio File Format

Convert wav to mp3 with ffmpeg:

#ffmpeg -i audio.wav -acodec libmp3lame audio.mp3

Convert wav to ogg with ffmpeg:

#ffmpeg -i audio.wav -acodec libvorbis audio.ogg

Convert wav to acc with ffmpeg:

#ffmpeg -i audio.wav -acodec libfaac audio.aac

Convert wav to ac3 with ffmpeg:

#ffmpeg -i audio.wav -acodec ac3 audio.mp3

OGG - Free, open standard container

Convert ogg to mp3 with ffmpeg:

#ffmpeg -i audio.ogg -acodec libmp3lame audio.mp3

Convert ogg to wav with ffmpeg:

#ffmpeg -i audio.ogg audio.wav

Convert ogg to aac with ffmpeg:

#ffmpeg -i audio.ogg -acodec libfaac audio.aac

Convert ogg to ac3 with ffmpeg:

#ffmpeg -i audio.ogg -acodec ac3 audio.ac3

AC3 - Acoustic Coder 3

Convert ac3 to mp3 with ffmpeg:

#ffmpeg -i audio.ac3 -acodec libmp3lame audio.mp3

Convert ac3 to wav with ffmpeg:

#ffmpeg -i audio.ac3 audio.wav

Convert ac3 to aac with ffmpeg:

#ffmpeg -i audio.ac3 -acodec libfaac audio.aac

Convert ac3 to ogg with ffmpeg:

#ffmpeg -i audio.ac3 -acodec libvorbis audio.ogg


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