Compress or Convert video with Linux

install ffmpeg

sudo apt install ffmpeg

ffmpeg does the heavy lifting:

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 output.mp4


Unfortunatley, ffmpeg doesn’t give you any idea as to the progress of the conversion

install ffmpeg-bar

npm install –global ffmpeg-progressbar-cli

ffmpeg-bar makes it pretty:

ffmpeg-bar -i input.mp4 output.avi


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