This utility, however, has no graphical user interface (GUI). If you’re the end-user, you have to use it from the command line. If you are a developer and want to use it in your app, you have to use its application programming interface (API).
How can I get FFmpeg?
Just like any other app, you can download FFmpeg binaries from its official website. You will, of course, notice that these binaries come from third-party volunteers. Let’s take a look at the download options of FFmpeg for Windows. Here is what’s on the offer:
Short answer: The smallest one, i.e. the third from the top. It’s just 32.4 MB.
Long answer: Let’s take a closer look at the name of the file that I suggested. It consists of a series of tokens, delimited with hyphens. Some of the tokens have hyphens that are no delimiters. Here is what each one means.
Anatomy of the name of the file I suggested for download
Some of these tokens are not important here: Project name (duh!) and commit number. The platform is also invariably “win64”, meaning that this volunteer does not offer any download for 32-bit machines.
You have to decide on:
Build model: This is by far the most important factor. Builders traditionally build FFmpeg binaries either as static builds or shared builds. Shared builds are smaller, take up less disk space, and perform faster in consecutive runs. Static builds are three times larger but have a religiously inclined fanbase. So, pick the shared build.
Version number: “N-101997” is a nightly build. The FFmpeg project generates one every night. “n4.4-5”, however, is a release build. Release builds indicate new features. They are milestones that the FFmpeg team puts there to celebrate their feature additions. Pick the nightly build.
Licensing terms: FFmpeg is licensed as either GPL or LGPL. As far as the licensing terms go, LGPL is more easygoing. So, unless you notice that the GPL packages have more features, pick LGPL. (They don’t, though.)
In most Windows apps, the keyboard shortcuts for the copy and paste commands are Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V. Command-line enthusiasts, however, have learned otherwise. Within the console window, Ctrl+C transmits the abort command. Unless you are using Windows 10, Ctrl+V does nothing. To copy a piece of text, one would select it via the mouse and right-click. To paste text, one would right-click without having an active selection.
Now, the question is: How do you paste a script block (i.e., multiple lines of code) into PowerShell?
Windows Terminal is Microsoft’s latest attempt to improve the command-line experience that so many people love. Using the command-line interface (CLI) has always been cool. In the movies, you see computer experts rattling on the keyboard all the time. This image is not far from the truth. CLI is perfect for automation, and Windows Terminal makes it a lot better with tabs, themes, full color support, and advanced rendering.
Sarcasm alert! I don’t have 666 facts about clickbaiting; I only have one: Don’t browser articles whose title reads like this. They are clickbait. If I (or anyone worth their salt) ever create a list of facts, the one that is guaranteed to astonish you is not #333, but #1.
I thought six years after 2014, the clickbait would go away, but it hasn’t.
Two days ago, I decided that one of my computers needed its Windows 10 replaced. In all previous versions of Windows, I’d erase the OS partition and reinstall Windows from scratch. On Windows 10, however, I used the “Reset my PC” feature. It reinstalls Windows along with its device drivers and Microsoft Store apps.
When the so-called “Reset” ended I discovered that my mouse and keyboard were not working. Windows 10 only responded to the power button. I managed to force the computer into booting Windows Recovery Environment, but to my horror, the mouse and the keyboard didn’t work there either.
The “Reset this PC” feature promises a faster revitalization of system. Instead, I had a system that was working before (even if not optimally) and not working after.
Since the release of Windows 8, we’ve grown accustomed to faulty operating systems. Features of Windows that work for some people and not for others have become a common sight. Perhaps the most notorious example of the faulty OS is Windows 10 version 1809.
In my case, Delivery Optimization was one such feature. It hadn’t worked properly until a few days ago when someone vociferously chastised Microsoft for it.