Build video enc env

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System prerequisites

Building packages required preinstalled system packages:

  • base development packages: nasm, gcc, gcc-c++, libtool, automake*, autoconf*, make, libstdc++-devel, glibc-devel, subversion
  • development packages: alsa-lib-devel, SDL-devel, gtk+-devel, gtk2-devel, ncurses-devel
  • wxWidgets support required additional packages: wxGTK-2.6.x, wxGTK-devel-2.6.x, wxGTK-gl-2.6.x ( you can find sources at, rpm could be found at or

I choose path /usr/local/enctools for storing all builded files to avoid confilcts with other libs.

Make sure your PATH contains /usr/local/enctools/bin, to update path :

PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/enctools/bin; export PATH
Include libraries path to /etc/

After adding path rebuild


Software building


liba52 - a free ATSC A/52 stream decoder

gzip -cd a52dec-0.7.4.tar.gz | tar xvf -
cd a52dec-0.7.4
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/enctools --enable-shared=yes
make ; make install


Download amrwb and amrnb source from

Compile and install:

bzip2 -cd amrnb- | tar xf -
cd amrnb-
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/enctools
make ; make install
cd ..

bzip2 -cd amrwb- | tar xf -
cd amrwb-
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/enctools
make ; make install
cd ..


AAC endecoder library

gzip -cd faac-1.25.tar.gz | tar xf -
cd faac

To avoid warning during bootstrap:

utoreconf: running: aclocal --force warning: underquoted definition of MY_DEFINE
  run info '(automake)Extending aclocal'
  or see

and error during configuring:

config.status: creating \
.infig.status: error: cannot find input file: \

Apply patches discussed in audiocoding forum:

diff -uNr faac.origin/ faac/
--- faac.origin/    2006-08-13 17:17:26.000000000 +0300
+++ faac/   2007-04-17 14:14:38.000000000 +0300
@@ -7,7 +7,7 @@

 AC_ARG_WITH( mp4v2,  [  --with-mp4v2            compile libmp4v2],WITHMP4V2=$withval, WITHMP4V2=yes)

-AC_DEFUN(MY_DEFINE, [ AC_DEFINE($1, 1, [define if needed]) ])
+AC_DEFUN([MY_DEFINE], [ AC_DEFINE($1, 1, [define if needed]) ])

 CFLAGS=${CFLAGS:-"-O2 -Wall"}

@@ -66,6 +66,11 @@
         #include <netinet/in.h>])
 AC_CHECK_MEMBERS(fpos_t.__pos,,, [#include <stdio.h>])

-AC_OUTPUT(common/Makefile common/mp4v2/Makefile \
-          libfaac/Makefile frontend/Makefile \
-          include/Makefile Makefile)
diff -uNr faac.origin/frontend/main.c faac/frontend/main.c
--- faac.origin/frontend/main.c 2004-12-08 13:07:17.000000000 +0200
+++ faac/frontend/main.c        2007-04-17 14:45:01.000000000 +0300
@@ -918,7 +918,15 @@
         /* open the aac output file */
-        outfile = fopen(aacFileName, "wb");
+        if(('-' == aacFileName[0])&&(0 == aacFileName[1]))
+        {
+            outfile = stdout;
+        }
+        else
+        {
+            outfile = fopen(aacFileName, "wb");
+        };
         if (!outfile)
             fprintf(stderr, "Couldn't create output file %s\n", aacFileName);

Bootstrap, configure and compile:

patch -p1 < faac.bootstrap.patch
patch -p1 < faac.pipe.patch
autoreconf -vif
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/enctools --with-mp4v2
make ; make install
cd ..


AAC decoder library

gzip -cd faad2-2.5.tar.gz | tar xf -
cd faad2
mkdir -p plugins/bmp

For successfull compile (avoid conditional "HAVE_BMP" was never defined) apply Media:faad2.no_beep_media_player.patch patch discussed in audiocoding forum:

diff -uNr faad2.origin/ faad2/
--- faad2.origin/   2006-08-13 17:13:31.000000000 +0300
+++ faad2/  2007-04-16 19:31:20.000000000 +0300
@@ -118,6 +118,9 @@
   AC_DEFINE([HAVE_BMP], 1, [User wants beep media player plugin built])
+ AC_MSG_NOTICE(no bmp build configured)

 if test x$WITHDRM = xyes; then

And now you can bootstrap (ignore warnings) and compile:

patch -p1 < faad2.no_beep_media_player.patch
autoreconf -vif
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/enctools
make ; make install
cd ..


An MP3 encoder and graphical frame analyzer.

gzip -cd lame-3.97.tar.gz | tar xvf -
cd lame-3.97
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/enctools
make; make install
cd ..


Ogg is a multimedia container format, and the native file and stream format for the multimedia codecs. As with all technology is it an open format free for anyone to use.

gzip -cd libogg-1.1.3.tar.gz | tar xvf -
cd libogg-1.1.3
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/enctools
make ; make install
cd ..


Ogg Vorbis is a fully open, non-proprietary, patent-and-royalty-free, general-purpose compressed audio format

gzip -cd libvorbis-1.2.0.tar.gz | tar xvf -
cd libvorbis-1.2.0
./configure --with-ogg=/usr/local/enctools --prefix=/usr/local/enctools
make ; make install
cd ..


Video codec

gzip -cd libtheora-1.0beta1.tar.gz | tar xvf -
cd libtheora-1.0beta1
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/enctools --with-ogg=/usr/local/enctools --with-vorbis=/usr/local/enctools
make ; make install
cd ..


x264 - a free h264/avc encoder Download SVN snapshot:

svn co svn:// x264

Configure and compile (do not forget about --enable-pthread)

cd x264
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/enctools --enable-shared --enable-pthread
make ; make install
cd ..


XviD is an ISO MPEG-4 compliant video codec, so designed to compress/decompress digital video. It's a open source project, which is developed and maintained by a handful of skilled and interested engineers from all over the world.

gzip -cd xvidcore-1.1.3.tar.gz | tar xvf -
cd xvidcore-1.1.3
cd build/generic
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/enctools
make ; make install
cd ..


FFmpeg is a complete solution to record, convert and stream audio and video. It includes libavcodec, the leading audio/video codec library.

Request a ffmpeg svn snapshot (this moment i have r10593):

svn co svn:// ffmpeg

Configuring procedure:

cd ffmpeg

PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/enctools/bin \
./configure          \
--prefix=/usr/local/enctools \
--enable-liba52      \
--enable-libamr_nb   \
--enable-libamr_wb   \
--enable-libfaac     \
--enable-libfaad     \
--enable-libmp3lame  \
--enable-libogg      \
--enable-libvorbis   \
--enable-libtheora   \
--enable-libxvid     \
--enable-libx264     \
--enable-gpl         \
--enable-pp          \
--enable-shared      \
--enable-pthreads    \
--extra-cflags="-I/usr/local/enctools/include" \

make ; make install
cd ..


A high-quality MPEG audio decoder.

gzip -cd libmad-0.15.1b.tar.gz | tar xvf -
cd libmad-0.15.1b
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/enctools
make ; make install
cd ..


libmpeg2 - a free MPEG-2 video stream decoder.

gzip -cd mpeg2dec-0.4.1.tar.gz | tar xvf -
cd mpeg2dec-0.4.1
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/enctools
make install
cd ..


Free Lossless Audio Codec

gzip -cd flac-1.2.1.tar.gz | tar xvf -
cd flac-1.2.1
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/enctools --with-ogg=/usr/local/enctools
make ; make install
cd ..


Speex is an Open Source/Free Software patent-free audio compression format designed for speech. The Speex Project aims to lower the barrier of entry for voice applications by providing a free alternative to expensive proprietary speech codecs. Moreover, Speex is well-adapted to Internet applications and provides useful features that are not present in most other codecs. Finally, Speex is part of the GNU Project and is available under the variant of the BSD license.

gzip -cd speex-1.2beta2.tar.gz | tar xvf -
cd speex-1.2beta2
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/enctools --with-ogg-dir=/usr/local/enctools
make ; make install
cd ..


Quasar DV Codec: libdv

gzip -cd libdv-1.0.0.tar.gz | tar xvf -
cd libdv-1.0.0
./configure --disable-gtk --disable-xv --prefix=/usr/local/enctools
make ; make install
cd ..


The Linux kernel's IEEE 1394 subsystem provides access to the raw 1394 bus through the raw1394 module.

gzip -cd libraw1394-1.2.1.tar.gz | tar xvf -
cd libraw1394-1.2.1
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/enctools
make ; make install
cd ..


libavc1394 is a programming interface for the 1394 Trade Association AV/C (Audio/Video Control) Digital Interface Command Set.

gzip -cd libavc1394-0.5.3.tar.gz | tar xvf -
cd libavc1394-0.5.3
LIBRAW1394_CFLAGS="-I/usr/local/enctools/include/" \
LIBRAW1394_LIBS="-L/usr/local/enctools/lib/ -lraw1394" \
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/enctools
make ; make install
cd ..


LIVE555 Streaming Media (rtsp, rtp support)

gzip -cd live.2007.08.03a.tar.gz | tar xf -
cd live
./genMakefiles linux
cd ..

folder live - it will be used by VLC in next step


VLC - the cross-platform media player and streaming server.

to avoid "error: redefinition of typedef ‘byte_t’", fix file /usr/local/enctools/include/libraw1394/raw1394.h, comment out line 43:

/* typedef u_int8_t  byte_t; */
bzip2 -cd vlc-0.8.6c.tar.bz2 | tar xvf -
cd vlc-0.8.6c

Building procedure:

CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/enctools/include/"; export CPPFLAGS
CFLAGS="-I/usr/local/enctools/include/"; export CFLAGS
LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/enctools/lib/"; export LDFLAGS
PKG_CONFIG_PATH=$PKG_CONFIG_PATH:/usr/local/enctools/lib/pkgconfig ; export PKG_CONFIG_PATH
LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/usr/local/enctools/lib ; export LD_LIBRARY_PATH

./configure  \
--prefix=/usr/local/enctools \
--enable-dv \
--enable-live555 --with-live555-tree=../live \
--enable-v4l \
--enable-ogg --enable-mad --enable-faad --enable-a52 --enable-flac \
--enable-libmpeg2 --enable-vorbis --enable-speex --enable-theora \
--enable-png --enable-x264 \
--enable-ffmpeg --with-ffmpeg-mp3lame --with-ffmpeg-faac \
--with-ffmpeg-vorbis --with-ffmpeg-theora --with-ffmpeg-ogg \
--disable-wxwidgets --disable-skins2

make ; make install

cd ..


TwoLAME is an optimised MPEG Audio Layer 2 (MP2) encoder based on tooLAME by Mike Cheng, which in turn is based upon the ISO dist10 code and portions of LAME.

gzip -cd twolame-0.3.10.tar.gz | tar xf -
cd twolame-0.3.10
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/enctools
make ; make install
cd ..


MPEG4IP: Open Source, Open Standards, Open Streaming.

Request sources from CVS

cvs login
cvs -z3 co -P mpeg4ip

Configuring procedure:

CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/enctools/include/"; export CPPFLAGS
CFLAGS="-I/usr/local/enctools/include/"; export CFLAGS
LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/enctools/lib/"; export LDFLAGS

cd mpeg4ip

./bootstrap                   \
--prefix=/usr/local/enctools  \
--enable-ffmpeg               \
--enable-mp4live              \
--enable-player               \
--enable-server               \
--enable-igmpv3               \

After configuring mpeg4ip reports:
Mp4live encoder report:
    ffmpeg encoder is installed
    xvid encoder is installed
    x264 encoder is installed
    lame encoder is installed
    faac encoder is installed
    twolame encoder is installed

Build mpeg4ip:

make ; make install; cd .. 

Built binaries

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