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we need to set up a system where users can upload movies in some format (avi, wmv, mpeg, mov, etc or can be limited i guess)
which we would need to be converted server side to mp4 video files (not streaming atm)
the movies will be 2MB or less (so really short videos taken on phones or digital cameras)
now i have a lot of questions about this cos i have no idea what i need to do
is this a reasonable situation, would the video conversion take up too many system resources
our site is pretty busy and it already gets a bit slow at times, would video encoding of uploaded video files slow it down even more?
we are using apache 2 with php 4.3.9
red hat 9, dual xeon cpu, 2GB ram
is there an application we can use where we just call exec(/usr/local/videoencoder $filein $fileout $encoding);?
does anyone know of a tutorial or resource site where i can find this information?
also, is there a way to get a frame, or series of frames so that we can create a thumbnail for the movie?
I usually use pre-built binaries, so I haven't had to check the build options. For an old release like RH9, that's not really an option, since the prebuilt binaries are very old. There's usually a help option to list the build options: