I would like to know how to install FFmpeg on Debian.
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Debian Jessie and later no longer include the ffmpeg, however you have 3 options for installing ffmpeg. I'd suggest trying options 1 or 2 before installing from source.

Option 1: Use avconv instead

You may install "avconv" which has almost the same usage as "ffmpeg". The two commands often use the same syntax, but features such as srt subtitles may only work with ffmpeg.
sudo apt-get install libav-tools

Option 2: Install ffmpeg from deb-multimedia.org

To install ffmpeg, edit /etc/apt/sources.list and add the appropriate line for your distribution as listed here: http://www.deb-multimedia.org/
To add debian testing, either manually edit the file or run..
Example for debian testing only:
sudo echo deb http://www.deb-multimedia.org testing main non-free \
After adding the line for deb-multimedia, update the package, add the keyring, and install ffmpeg.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install deb-multimedia-keyring
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ffmpeg
You will have to install the keyring as an unauthenticated package using this method.

Option 3: Install ffmpeg from source

Alternatively, you can install from source. This is how to create a .deb file using checkinstall which can then be uninstalled again. Install these packages, yasm or nasm is needed for ffmpeg specifically, the others are generally useful for building packages:
sudo apt-get install yasm nasm \
                build-essential automake autoconf \
                libtool pkg-config libcurl4-openssl-dev \
                intltool libxml2-dev libgtk2.0-dev \
                libnotify-dev libglib2.0-dev libevent-dev \
Next, clone the ffmpeg package or download the latest snapshot:
git clone git://git.videolan.org/ffmpeg.git
wget https://www.ffmpeg.org/releases/ffmpeg-snapshot.tar.bz2
tar jxvf ffmpeg-snapshot.tar.bz2
Compile ffmpeg:
cd ffmpeg
./configure --prefix=/usr
time make -j 8
sudo checkinstall
Most of the checkinstall defaults are fine, but a version number is required. The current version is displayed by "cat RELEASE". This should create a deb file in the current directory.
Finally, install the deb file you made using dpkg:
sudo dpkg --install ffmpeg_*.deb

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