Guides - Deploy MainConcept Plugins for FFmpeg through the Linode Marketplace
Quickly deploy a Compute Instance with many various software applications pre-installed and ready to use.
The MainConcept Plugins for FFmpeg are media encoding tools that use advanced features such as Hybrid GPU acceleration, professional production format, xHE-AAC audio, and MPEG-H 3D audio content creation to help improve visual quality and performance. Use cases include both VOD and live production workflows.
The different MainConcept Plugins for FFmpeg enable users to create decoding, encoding, and transcoding workflows or services based on FFmpeg.
The following MainConcept Plugins for FFmpeg are included with this deployment:
- Hybrid HEVC Encoder
- HEVC Decoder
- AVC Broadcast Encoder
- AVC Decoder
- VVC Encoder
- MPEG-H Encoder
- xHE-AAC Encoder
- MPEG-2 TS Broadcast Delivery
- MPEG-2 Production Format Encoder
The versions of MainConcept Plugins for FFmpeg included in this deployment are free demos. They add a watermark to processed video, limit the multiplexing time, and intermittently mute audio. If you wish to deploy the full versions of MainConcept Plugins for FFmpeg, please visit the MainConcept on Linode website.
The Linode Marketplace allows you to easily deploy software on a Compute Instance using the Cloud Manager. See Get Started with Marketplace Apps for complete steps.
Log in to the Cloud Manager and select the Marketplace link from the left navigation menu. This displays the Linode Create page with the Marketplace tab pre-selected.
Under the Select App section, select the app you would like to deploy.
Complete the form by following the steps and advice within the Creating a Compute Instance guide. Depending on the Marketplace App you selected, there may be additional configuration options available. See the Configuration Options section below for compatible distributions, recommended plans, and any additional configuration options available for this Marketplace App.
Click the Create Linode button. Once the Compute Instance has been provisioned and has fully powered on, wait for the software installation to complete. If the instance is powered off or restarted before this time, the software installation will likely fail.
To verify that the app has been fully installed, see Get Started with Marketplace Apps > Verify Installation. Once installed, follow the instructions within the Getting Started After Deployment section to access the application and start using it.
- Supported distributions: Debian 11
- Recommended plan: At minimum, we recommend a 16GB Shared CPU Compute Instance for MainConcept Plugins for FFmpeg.
You can optionally fill out the following fields to automatically create a limited user for your new Compute Instance. This is recommended for most deployments as an additional security measure. This account will be assigned to the sudo group, which provides elevated permission when running commands with the
- Limited sudo user: Enter your preferred username for the limited user.
- Password for the limited user: Enter a strong password for the new user.
- SSH public key for the limited user: If you wish to login as the limited user through public key authentication (without entering a password), enter your public key here. See Creating an SSH Key Pair and Configuring Public Key Authentication on a Server for instructions on generating a key pair.
- Disable root access over SSH: To block the root user from logging in over SSH, select Yes (recommended). You can still switch to the root user once logged in and you can also log in as root through Lish.
Once all packages have finished installing, you can login to your instance to access MainConcept’s FFmpeg installation and plugins.
- Using the limited sudo user you created during deployment, login to your instance via SSH. Replace
LIMITED_USERwith your sudo user and
192.0.2.1with the address of your Compute Instance:
- Navigate to the
mainconceptdirectory and view the installed packages:
cd /opt/mainconcept/ ls
- You should see the following:
ffmpeg-omx omx sdk
Below are some example commands using
AVC/H.264 video encoding from YUV:
ffmpeg -r 25.000000 -pix_fmt yuv420p -s 1920x1080 -i "1920x1080p_25p_YV12.yuv" -vf scale=1280:720 -b:v 3500k -c:v omx_enc_avc -omx_core libomxil_core.so -omx_name OMX.MainConcept.enc_avc.video -omx_param "preset=main:perf_level=10:acc_type=sw:[AVC Settings]:bit_rate_mode=0:bit_rate=100000:time_scale=20000000:num_units_in_tick=1000000" "1920x1080p_25p_YV12_ffmpeg.mp4"
HEVC/H.265 video and xHE-AAC audio transcoding from encoded media file:
ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -c:v omx_enc_hevc -c:a omx_enc_xheaac -b:v 1000k -b:a 32000 -profile:a 28 -omx_name:v OMX.MainConcept.enc_hevc.video -omx_param:v "force_omx_param=1:preset=main:acc_type=sw" -omx_name:a OMX.MainConcept.enc_xheaac.audio -omx_core libomxil_core.so output.mp4
For more information on using MainConcept Plugins for FFmpeg, including command line formatting, see MainConcept’s official documentation and user guides:
For support regarding the tool or software itself, use the information in the sidebar to contact MainConcept’s support or search the MainConcept community forum.
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