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The FFmpeg application for video/audio conversion installed on our servers

FFmpeg installed on all serversMultimedia content is diverse and resource-consuming, so its backend implementation may influence the overall performance of any website.

To help multimedia site owners convert and play audio and video content flawlessly, we have installed FFmpeg on all our web hosting servers.

FFmpeg is a must-have for any multimedia site, which features self-hosted videos.

What is FFmpeg?

It is an open-source application for decoding, encoding and transcoding video and audio files and tries to provide the best possible solution for both developers of applications and end users.

FFmpeg is based on the popular libavcodec and libavformat libraries and has its own command line program for converting multimedia files.

What to use FFmpeg for?

FFmpeg is software for converting between different audio/video file formats. For instance, if you have a video whose format cannot be recognized by every other player, you will be able to easily convert it using FFmpeg to a more common format like .FLV or .MPEG.

Also, if you have lots of audio/video content that you need to edit before streaming it online, you can easily automate this process by writing a short batch script based on FFmpeg.

How to use FFmpeg?

The FFmpeg platform has been installed on all our servers where the Hepsia Web Hosting Control Panel is present. This includes our Virtuozzo Virtual Private Servers, OpenVZ Virtual Private Servers, semi-dedicated servers and dedicated servers.

You can make use of FFmpeg through SSH or by entering conversion commands directly within your site’s PHP code.

NOTE: You should know that video or audio conversion is always a very resource-intensive task, which takes more time and CPU power to complete than normal server-side tasks.

FFmpeg is installed on our shared hosting servers as well. However, due to the intensive server power consumption during multimedia conversion, you may need to be very careful about reaching your CPU allocations.

Originally published Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 4:20 pm, updated October 21, 2014 and is filed under Web Hosting Platform.

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