How to safely upgrade ffmpeg and all its components

Asked by Magne Djupvik

Hi, I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, and I'm experiencing decoding issues in certain video editors I believe are using ffmpeg (gstreamer ones such as Pitivi works fine). So I would like to upgrade my ffmpeg packages to the Maverick Meerkat ones and see if things have improved. How to do this in a (relatively) safe and maintainable way?

Thank you.

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mycae (mycae) said :

0) Find an ffmpeg PPA (I had a quick look, but nothing jumped out at me -- though this was not exhaustive)
1) You could try forcing the maverick/natty FFMPEG binaries, and hope they happen to be binary (ABI) compatible.
2) you could try downloading the source package for maverick, then recompiling it.

but instead of getting the package from your database, grab it from

then rebuild. This will ensure ABI compatibiltiy, but is more work. If you increment the version number in the file debian/control and debian/changelog to something custom ( i.e. 1.0.0-1mypackage or 1.0.0-1ubuntu1mypackage1), then you should be able to play nicely with the repos. I.e. your package will be gretaer than 1.0.0-1, but less than 1.0.0-2.
3) You could compile ffmpeg purely from source

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