FFmpeg for video encoding

A couple of weeks ago I needed to trim an MP4 file. I didn’t necessarily want to re-encode besides I was on a machine without a media encoding application. I thought I’d try out FFmpeg which is a command line video and audio transcoder. To install FFmpeg I used Brew, the OS X Package Manager (Windows users can investigate Chocolatey): $ brew install ffmpeg It takes a … Continue reading FFmpeg for video encoding

Absolute Beginners Guide to Package Managers

We know that when we install an application we’re not just installing a single file. Instead we’re copying a whole set of files that have dependencies to each other in order for the application to install and function correctly. When we’re using the command line we can use package managers that take care of ensuring that all the necessary files are copied over to the … Continue reading Absolute Beginners Guide to Package Managers

Too CLI shy

For many OS X Terminal is still the preserve of ardent computer scientists and is often feared by designers. Increasingly it’s becoming part of web design / dev workflows and more difficult to avoid so it’s worth having at least a basic understanding of the Command Line Interface (CLI). OS X is based on a flavour of Unix called BSD. Opening up Terminal (Cmd + Spacebar and search for Terminal) gives us … Continue reading Too CLI shy