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FFmpeg Quick Hacks
::: by V. Subhash :::
An easy FFmpeg tutorial, hack collection and quick-reference

FFmpeg books

Learn to create, edit, enhance and convert multimedia files using FFmpeg, the most versatile open source audio and video processing tool available for Linux, Mac and Windows users. After reading this book, you will be able to work with video and audio files, images, text, animations, fonts, subtitles and metadata like a pro.

This book begins with a simple introduction to FFmpeg executables — ffmpeg, ffprobe and ffplay, and explains how you can use them to process multimedia containers, streams, audio channels, maps and metadata. It then describes how you can easily edit, enhance and convert audio, video, image and text files. There are dedicated chapters for filters, audio, subtitles and metadata, as well as a big collection of FFmpeg tips and tricks. Sample lists of FFmpeg filters, encoders, decoders, formats and codecs are also available as appendices. The book is richly illustrated with screenshots and syntax-highlighted code snippets, all in 𝓕𝓤𝓛𝓛 𝓒🍅𝓛🍅𝓤𝓡. It is based on the latest Long Term Support (LTS) version of FFmpeg.

FFmpeg Quick Hacks is for anyone who needs to edit or process multimedia files including studio professionals, broadcast personnel, video content creators (such as Youtubers), podcasters, librarians, archivists and webmasters. It will be indispensable for those wanting to process a variety of multimedia files from the command line and inside shell scripts or custom-built software.

You will learn to:


The FFMPEG Quick Hacks book has been withdrawn. A new updated version may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Colour paperbackBarnes & Noble$44.99
Colour paperbackAmazon$44.99
Colour paperbackSpringer$10

FFmpeg books

Sample pages

This sample is a low-resolution watermarked PDF but it is fully functional.

26 pages, full-color, includes TOC, 2 MB

Video demos for the code examples in the book

Acknowledgements & Thanks

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Some other videos that I have created using FFmpeg

Companion book

FFmpeg is a command-line program. If you are going to use it a lot, then you might as well become an expert at the command-line. Here is is one of my other books that will make your terminal time more fun and easy. The ebook is FREE and the paperback is syntax-highlighted in FULL-COLOUR.

Book cover