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How to use ffmpeg to compress avi and mp4 files

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http://www.linuxandlife.com – I've written an article about some tricks you can do with ffmpeg, in today's article, I will show you another trick - compressing avi and mp4 video files with a simple command with a only a small loss in video quality. If you dont have ffmpeg already installed, you can run this command to install it in Ubuntu and other Debian-based distros: sudo apt-get install libav-tools To compress an avi video file using ffmpeg, the command you can use is: ffmpeg -i input.avi -vcodec msmpeg4v2 output.avi To compress an mp4 video file using ffmpeg, the command will be somewhat different: ffmpeg -i in (Distributions)