What is ffmpeg?

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  1. Blakeco123 macrumors regular

    Blakeco123

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    what is ffmpeg? it will start for no reason and bring my computer to a halt. i never installed it, although i suspect it has something to do with flash because i only see it when im use the flash plug-in on safari.
     

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  2. johneaston macrumors regular

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    Why do you waste your time just posting replies to threads that link to google/mroogle/Wikipedia?

    The OP can, I'm sure, use google, but google is unlikely to be able to solve the specific problem.

    Stop policing the discussion forums and let people use them as they wish (like to discuss things).
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Why don't you read the link? It doesn't link to google/mroogle/Wikipedia. Do you have anything of value to offer the thread, or did you just come here to criticize those who are helping?
     
  4. Blakeco123, May 23, 2011
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    I did use google but guess what, it wasn't what I was looking for so I posted here. Im terribly sorry I wasted you time.

    EDIT:I know how to use google.
     

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  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You didn't waste anyone's time. That was the first search result from searching for "ffmpeg", and it answers what you asked.
     
  6. Blakeco123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    If you read the OP you'd realize I never installed it so I am wondering why its on my computer (telling someone what it is might be a better answer than giving a link). I went to that website already and it wasn't what I was looking for.
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    I guess what im asking is, is there anything else called ffmpeg that would be on my computer already?
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You asked:
    The link I provided answers that:
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    It even doesn't appear in the Dock?
    What are you doing when it appears?
    Playing back a video for example?

    And GGJstudios answered "What is ffmpeg'?"
     
  9. Blakeco123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    1.no it doesnt
    2.playing a game, watching youtube. really anything using flash.

    is there some way to uninstall it, because i don't know how it got on my computer.
     
  10. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Did you do a Spotlight search for FFmpeg to see if it's really installed somewhere? It's hard to know what to tell you with such sparse information.
     
  11. Blakeco123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    yes i did a spotlight search, please tell me what information you need.
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Actually, Spotlight won't search system and library folders, where components of apps may reside. The only effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
     
  13. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    It contains libraries for encoding or decoding media, which explains why it appears when you stream a video online. It would have come bundled with something. Video decoding is CPU intensive, so depending on the videos specs and your CPU, it may end up using most of your CPU.

    So, if you're asking whether this is an issue, it is not. You have no reason to remove it.

    You may have better luck (less CPU used) when using HTML5 streaming as opposed to Flash.
     
  14. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    But the OP can't even find the app itself!

    OP: The "sparse" information I was referring to is that you gave no indication as to what you've tried. That's a common oversight. It wastes everyone's time to suggest things you've tried because you didn't say.
     
  15. simsaladimbamba

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    It doesn't need to be an application to appear in Activity Monitor.

    +1, or do they write LOL know. I always confuse those likes.
     
  16. jackerin macrumors 6502a

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    The only thing I can think of that uses ffmpeg in such a way would be FFusion, which is quite outdated. Are there any other components using ffmpeg that can be called on by browsers?

    OP: this can be tricky, but you can find out exactly which files are in use by the process if you press the info button in Activity monitor, that will lead you to the location of it on your harddrive, and with luck it will be located inside a component package so you'll be able to tell where it's from.
     
  17. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816

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    I think the OP may be referring to ffmpegx, a audio/video encoder and decoder. this may explain why it spikes up the CPU every time (s)he's trying to play a video.
     
  18. jackerin macrumors 6502a

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    ffmpegX is a separate application, dealing with encoding, not realtime playback of youtube videos...
     

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