Maybe you shouldn’t think with Google.

Thinking with Google isn’t really thinking at all!

There have been these ads for Google that have been popping up on social networks such as twitter and Facebook all coming from the same site known simply as “thinkingwithgoogle.com.” These people are marketers who think that they are as awesome as as the TV show like Mad Men where they feel that they are Gods of changing human thought. All the while placing their parent company Google as being the know-all of the internet while discrediting the people that helped make them as powerful as who they are. This entry is to show you that sometimes not all marketing and publicity can be good.

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Video transcoding with FFmpeg

Using the FFmpeg command line to convert MP4, OGV, and WebM video.

This quick guide goes through some of the details on how we convert some video using FFmpeg. Video conversion is really important for those who are hosting their own files and not relying on a third party site such as YouTube or Vimeo because you are looking for the most compatible video standards that offer the best quality at the lowest bandwidth so that no only your server is happy but the users that visit your site. FFmpeg is awesome in respects that since it’s open-source it’s a binary that can be compiled on a remote server that you own and begin converting videos on the spot if necessary and if you have the CPU power to do it. You could even run FFmpeg on a Raspberry Pi if you wanted to wait a few years for the results!

The real drawback is FFMpeg is pure command line with no GUI which may scare some people away. We have other blog articles talking about GUI video conversion later on for those who are interest.

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