# ffmpeg Install

I extracted a portable version of ffmpeg into C:\alpha>, which seems like such a basic task that if you need help with that, this whole project may be of little use to you.

On the other hand, I am new enough to the Command Line, the first thing I did was run help:

PS C:\alpha> C:\alpha\ffmpeg\bin\ffmpeg.exe -h

The output that followed was too verbose to repeat here. But I did find a number of other switches to try. So, I got the version number, next:

PS C:\alpha> C:\alpha\ffmpeg\bin\ffmpeg.exe -version
ffmpeg version 4.1.3 Copyright (c) 2000-2019 the FFmpeg developers

That's all I am ready to do on the day. The reason I have ffmpeg loaded in the first place is to make some animated GIFs. And prior to doing that, it might be nice to have a few pictures that will look nice once they are stitched together in a sequence. Perhaps, as a Hello World I should try to pull apart a video into individual jpegs and stitch those back together as a single animated GIF. Because if I can do that, I can do just about everything I want to do with ffmpeg... at least, at the moment.

Yeah, this is a sort of weenie post. But then (after excluding a few more of the informational switches), we have hit the limit of my existing knowledge.