Installing FFMpeg and FFMpeg-PHP

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Below is a step-by-step how-to on installing ffmpeg and ffmpeg-php on CentOS 5.3. The reason we (or anyone really) have not published a script to automate the process is due to the complexity of the installation and the fact that it is very prone to failures along the way, almost always requiring some sort of human intervention. We have attempted to address the most common of issues in this article, but if you find that you're stuck at one that is not mentioned, please feel free to send support an email.

We have also used very explicit versions of each of the libraries/codecs/software in this guide as we have found these to have the highest rate of success. If you need the additional functionality provided by a newer version of any of these, please note that doing so may break other parts of the installation; caveat emptor!

That's it! Your PHP installation will not have the ability to use ffmpeg functions!