➺ ffmprovisr ❥

Making FFmpeg Easier

FFmpeg is a powerful tool for manipulating audiovisual files. Unfortunately, it also has a steep learning curve, especially for users unfamiliar with a command line interface. This app helps users through the command generation process so that more people can reap the benefits of FFmpeg.

Each button displays helpful information about how to perform a wide variety of tasks using FFmpeg. To use this site, click on the task you would like to perform. A new window will open up with a sample command and a description of how that command works. You can copy this command and understand how the command works with a breakdown of each of the flags.


For FFmpeg basics, check out the program’s official website.

For instructions on how to install FFmpeg on Mac, Linux, and Windows, refer to Reto Kromer’s installation instructions.

For Bash and command line basics, try the Command Line Crash Course. For a little more context presented in an ffmprovisr style, try explainshell.com!


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What do you want to do?

Select from the following.

Change container (rewrap)

Change codec (transcode)


Change formats


Make derivative variations

Normalize/Equalize Audio


Test files