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Download ffmpegX 0.0.9y-"Lion" r2 for OS X 10.7 to 10.14. Note: ffmpegX is not compatible with OS X 10.15 "Catalina".

If you already installed ffmpegX before, with this version you are not required to reinstall a new version of the binaries. Just replace the application. If running over a previous install, the installer will pop up once. You not need to locate the binaries again if they are not marked in red, just enter your OSX password and the installer will update all your binaries for compatibility.

If you are installing ffmpegX for the first time, then you must also install the mencoder and mplayer binaries and the mpeg2enc binary. These binaries are Universal versions suitables for both PPC and Intel processors. Install the new binaries by following the procedure detailed below.


To install ffmpegX 0.0.9y for the first time, proceed as follows.

How to install:

1) Make sure that your startup disk has no spaces or special characters in its name. Move any existing ffmpegX application to the trash. Open the .dmg disk image and copy the ffmpegX application to your Applications folder.

2) Run ffmpegX from your Applications folder.

  • Some Unix components will need installation. The self-installer window will appear telling you which components need to be installed. This operation will be done only once or in case of major updates of the binaries. You can also bring up the self-installer window manually at any moment by selecting "Install binaries" from the ffmpegX menu in the apple bar. The self installer window looks as follows:

  • Note: to use the new FLV metadata feature, you need to install the FLVTool2 component as explained here.
  • he mencoder, mplayer, mpeg2enc third-party components are not included in the ffmpegX application itself to comply with applicable laws and licensing terms, and you must download them first on your disk with a web browser. Use only the versions provided at the URL indicated in the installer window.

  • The mpeg2enc binary for ffmpegX 0.0.9x is available here (don't click but use CTRL-click on link and then "Download link on disk").
  • The mplayer and mencoder binaries for ffmpegX 0.0.9x are available here. Decompress the downloaded zip file by double-clicking the icon.

  • Now locate the files you've just downloaded in the ffmpegX installer window by clicking the three "Locate.." buttons and selecting the appropriate files.

  • Finally enter your Mac OSX login password, and click "Install" to install the components. You may now trash the files you have downloaded (as a copy will have been installed in /Library/Application Support/ffmpegX).

  • You're done ! Now if you like ffmpegX and find it useful, please register it.

    (Meaning that your encoded FLV with play with a progress bar in internet Flash video players) You need to install FLVTool2 by following these steps
  • Download FLVtool2 from and decompress the package into a folder.
  • Open
  • Type cd [drop the folder here] [press return key]
  • Type ruby setup.rb config [press return key]
  • Type ruby setup.rb setup [press return key]
  • Type sudo ruby setup.rb install [will require that you enter your login password] [press return key]
  • Done!

    If you want to encode from RealVideo sources with the mencoder engine, you should also install the reallibs package for ffmpegX 0.0.9. This package is now optional because of its additional install complexity. First go on the Helix distribution page by clicking this link. From the list of builds you should select the latest "macos-gcc3-pb" / "All clients" link. If there are no builds available for Mac, then try thisIn the following page you should accept twice a license agreement like in the following screenshot.

    Then you will access the page containing the download link:

    If there is no version for OSX available, then download the latest stable build of reallib from this link. NOTE: This reallib build is not compatible with Lion.

  • Now decompress the package, rename the folder as "reallib", and copy it into /Library/Application Support/ffmpegX
  • You're done ! To test your reallibs install, open a RealVideo file in ffmpegX and click "Play". If you see the movie, then the install is successful.

Product requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.3 to 10.7 (10.2 with the older version 0.0.9k).
    • To use the "Decode with quicktime" option on VOB and mpeg-2 files, you need to install the Apple mpeg-2 player component.
    • To use the "Decode with quicktime" option on DivX, XviD, you need to install latest codecs from

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