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Creating .MP4 (H.264) videos with either ffmpeg or Adobe Media Encoder (CC 2018 or later)
Note: This guide was last updated November 2020. Always check the links to the software webpages for any substantial changes to installation instructions.
Using FFmpeg on a Mac
FFmpeg is an efficient and cost effective way to process video. It is done by using a Command Line Interface (CLI), but once the workflow is set up, it is relatively simple.
If you are using a Mac, it is a bit more straight forward than the PC as Bash is a Unix shell (command language interpreter) and runs natively on Macs. To download FFmpeg, open a terminal window and first install Homebrew (command line package manager) with the following commands:
- Install Homebrew
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install.sh)"
- Run Brew Doctor. This is a self-diagnostic tool to determine if everything is installed correctly.
- Install FFmpeg
brew install ffmpeg
To test if you have installed FFmpeg correctly, just type ffmpeg and enter. Information about the version of FFmpeg as well as enabled libraries should appear in your terminal window as seen in the image to the right.
To view the FFmpeg manual in the terminal window, type in:
For further help using FFmpeg, take a look at the following sites: