I have compiled FFMPEG on CentOS 6.6 using this guide: https://trac.ffmpeg.org/wiki/CompilationGuide/Centos But, whenever I issue command

ffmpeg -filters

The output is

FFmpeg version 0.6.5, Copyright (c) 2000-2010 the FFmpeg developers
  built on Jan 29 2012 17:52:15 with gcc 4.4.5 20110214 (Red Hat 4.4.5-6)
  configuration: --prefix=/usr --libdir=/usr/lib64 --shlibdir=/usr/lib64 --mandir=/usr/share/man --incdir=/usr/include --disable-avisynth --extra-cflags='-O2 -g -pipe -Wall -Wp,-D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2 -fexceptions -fstack-protector --param=ssp-buffer-size=4 -m64 -mtune=generic -fPIC' --enable-avfilter --enable-avfilter-lavf --enable-libdc1394 --enable-libdirac --enable-libfaac --enable-libfaad --enable-libfaadbin --enable-libgsm --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libopencore-amrnb --enable-libopencore-amrwb --enable-librtmp --enable-libschroedinger --enable-libspeex --enable-libtheora --enable-libx264 --enable-gpl --enable-nonfree --enable-postproc --enable-pthreads --enable-shared --enable-swscale --enable-vdpau --enable-version3 --enable-x11grab
  libavutil     50.15. 1 / 50.15. 1
  libavcodec    52.72. 2 / 52.72. 2
  libavformat   52.64. 2 / 52.64. 2
  libavdevice   52. 2. 0 / 52. 2. 0
  libavfilter    1.19. 0 /  1.19. 0
  libswscale     0.11. 0 /  0.11. 0
  libpostproc   51. 2. 0 / 51. 2. 0

Which looks to me like there is no filters compiled. How could I ensure that I have at least scale and decimate filters? I could not find anything on this matter in Internet. Maybe seeking incorrectly?

  • 1
    0.6.5 is the old, previously installed version. – llogan Feb 17 '15 at 19:38


The guide places the binary in ~/bin.

A vanilla, minimal installation of CentOS 6 & 7 has ~/bin in the PATH as set by ~/.bash_profile:

# User specific environment and startup programs
export PATH

You can double-check with echo $PATH:


You may have to run source ~/.bash_profile or simply log out and then log in for it to notice.

Alternatively you could relocate the binary elsewhere in your PATH, but, depending where you place it, that is not usually recommended due to the potential of conflicts with repository packages.


Another method is to navigate to the directory containing the binary and executing it with ./:

cd ~/bin
./ffmpeg -i input … output

Full path

A third method is to provide the full path to the binary:

/home/user/bin/ffmpeg -i input … output

or if it is in your home directory:

~/bin/ffmpeg -i input … output

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