I recently had the need to create video thumbnails in a project, and to generate them I used the good old ffmpeg . No tutorial worked properly for installation on an Amazon EC2 instance, and that was the only way I could achieve that.
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|mkdir -v -p /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg|
|tar -v -xf ffmpeg-release-i686-static.tar.xz --strip-components=1|
|rm -v -f ffmpeg-release-i686-static.tar.xz|
|ln -snf /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg/ffmpeg /usr/bin/ffmpeg|
|ln -snf /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg/ffpropbe /usr/bin/ffpropbe|