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I'm running a Basic 64-bit Amazon Linux AMI 2011.09 (AMI Id: ami-953b06e1) and I want to install ffmpeg into it so I can use it convert video.

These are the commands I run after firing up a new instance:

sudo -i
yum update
yum install gcc
yum install gcc-c++
yum install make

Then for yasm I get "No package yasm available." so I do this:

cd /usr/local/src/
tar zfvx yasm-0.7.0.tar.gz
cd yasm-0.7.0
./configure && make && make install

Followed by

yum install git
yum install subversion
yum install check-devel
yum groupinstall "Development Tools" -y

I'm trying to follow the instructions from and this is the point where it all fails.

cd /usr/local/src
tar -xvf libvpx-v0.9.6.tar.bz2
cd libvpx-v0.9.6
make install

But at the point that I run ./configure it runs a few lines then "Neither yasm nor nasm have been found". Despite the fact that when I ran ./configure when setting up yasm there were no errors.

As you can see setting all this up confuses me, a lot. At the end of the day I want a PHP environment in which I can convert video to h264, webm, and get some video screenshots.

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The new versions of Amazon's Linux are fully compatible with EPEL, and include that repository as well (although disabled). Yasm is available in EPEL: yum --enablerepo=epel install yasm. Chances are you are missing the yasm-devel package - which you would need if you are compiling other code against it. – cyberx86 Dec 19 '11 at 16:02
The yasm in that repo is version 0.7. When I come to compile x264 I get an error saying I need v1 minimum - with a command to configure --disable-asm. Which works. Then I configure ffmpeg and everything runs fine. But, when I check for ffmpeg existence with PHP trim(shell_exec('type -P ffmpeg')) it states it's not available. Can anyone recommend an article I can read so I can get my head around the concept of where all these things should be installed, dependencies, etc? – deadlyhifi Dec 20 '11 at 8:36
AWS actually provides a service for video transcoding that you may want to check out: – bobmagoo Mar 15 '14 at 19:20

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