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OSX comes with a command line video conversion utility avconvert but this tool provides limited functionality compared to the avconv provided by libav.

How can I install avconv on OS X?

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First grab the library:

 wget http://libav.org/releases/libav-10.1.tar.gz
# use http://libav.org/releases/libav-snapshot.tar.bz2 for the latest snapshot
tar -xvzf libav-10.1.tar.gz 
cd libav-10.1

Set up the dependencies with MacPorts (or other package managers such as Homebrew):

sudo port install yasm zlib bzip2 faac lame speex libogg libvorbis libtheora libvpx x264 XviD openjpeg15 opencore-amr freetype

Build libav:

./configure \
--extra-cflags=-I/opt/local/include --extra-ldflags=-L/opt/local/lib \
--enable-gpl --enable-libx264 --enable-libxvid \
--enable-version3 --enable-libopencore-amrnb --enable-libopencore-amrwb \
--enable-nonfree --enable-libfaac \
--enable-libmp3lame --enable-libspeex --enable-libvorbis --enable-libtheora --enable-libvpx \
--enable-libopenjpeg --enable-libfreetype --enable-doc --enable-gnutls --enable-shared

make && sudo make install

Then you can run avconv:

avconv -i input.avi -c:v libx264 -preset slow -crf 18 output.mp4

  • x264 +asm seems to be required to get working cpu-capabilities, so if you don't get them (ie. [libx264 @ 0x7fe66101a800] using cpu capabilities: none!) run:

sudo port upgrade --enforce-variants x264 +asm

You should get sth like: [libx264 @ 0x7fc62401b600] using cpu capabilities: MMX2 SSE2Fast SSSE3 FastShuffle SSE4.2 AVX

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On Mac OSX, dependencies installed via MacPorts and using pkg-config are not found until you set environment variable export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/opt/local/lib/pkgconfig'. Also, for the fun of it, you may add, to ./configure, options: --extra-cflags=-I/opt/local/include --extra-ldflags=-L/opt/local/lib. Then the whole ./configure` above miraculously passes! –  Alexy Jul 16 '13 at 17:30
brew install libav –  Steven Soroka May 24 '14 at 19:18
On the second to last step, build lib-av. ERROR: gnutls not found –  Chase Roberts Aug 2 '14 at 3:41
@ChaseRoberts Hi Chase, i also have the same problem with gnutls not found. I tried following a guide gist.github.com/morgant/1753095 but encountered more errors. Were you ever able to get things to work? –  John Dec 31 '14 at 22:53
ok I just had to re-install homebrew in order to get brew install libav to work. –  John Dec 31 '14 at 23:11

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