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Was blender working previously?
Try "locate libavformat.so"
If you have a /lib/libavformat.so.51 or something similar, the library was upgraded.
The libavformat.so refers to a newer version instead. You can sometimes get away with creating a link from an older version wanted to the new version
such as libavformat.so.50 -> libavformat.so.
Is there a drawback other than the bigger size (for statically linked binaries)? I think it may even be the preferred way, to ensure uniformity in quality and output (e.g. Firefox Linux packages contain compiled-in Gtk/Glib libraries. This way, the developers don't need to worry about the Gtk/Glib version when debugging).
slayeriq, you can get the statically linked package from the Blender site of course . The static package is about 1 MB larger than the other. Just unpack and run, it should work.
The static one has the libraries bundled in the binary file, that way, it doesn't need the .so files. This of course, gives a bigger binary size and when run in memory (but it's only one application...), which won't be a problem in current systems.