Yes, this seems to have been the problem...I created the link and it worked.
Thanks
Ken


-----Original Message-----
From: bob story <bob.story@gmail.com>
To: keqn@netscape.net
Sent: Thu, 18 Dec 2008 6:12 am
Subject: Re: [Motion-user] ffmpeg not working??

Everything looks fine.. You didn't say what distro you are using.
Debian puts everything into /usr/bin and if you compile yourself it
defaults to /usr/local/bin unless you use the --prefix=/usr option.

Look at the source to see where it wants to find ffmpeg, or as root
create a link to /usr/bin.

bob@bob-desktop:~$ whereis ffmpeg
ffmpeg: /usr/bin/ffmpeg /usr/include/ffmpeg /usr/share/man/man1/ffmpeg.1.gz

if yours is in /usr/local/bin

sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg /usr/bin/ffmpeg

might work.

Bob


On Thu, 18 Dec 2008 00:24:10 -0500
keqn@netscape.net wrote:

> I have installed ffmpeg and motion according to the wiki
> instructions. I used the ffmpeg certified version from sourceforge
> and everything seems to work except the mpeg. I am using Ubuntu and
> have motion working well with Axis network cameras and also a Topica
> TP-101XP from Bluecherry on /dev/video0. I have included the
> motion.conf file. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Ken
>
> # Rename this distribution example file to motion.conf
> #
> # This config file was generated by motion 3.2.11
>
>
> ############################################################
> # Daemon
> ############################################################
>
> # Start in daemon (background) mode and release terminal (default:
> off) daemon off
>
> # File to store the process ID, also called pid file. (default: not
> defined) process_id_file /var/run/motion/motion.pid
>
> ############################################################
> # Basic Setup Mode
> ############################################################
>
> # Start in Setup-Mode, daemon disabled. (default: off)
> setup_mode off
>
> ###########################################################
> # Capture device options
> ############################################################
>
> # Videodevice to be used for capturing? (default /dev/video0)
> # for FreeBSD default is /dev/bktr0
> videodevice /dev/video0
>
> # v4l2_palette allows to choose preferable palette to be use by motion
> # to capture from those supported by your videodevice. (default: 8)
> # E.g. if your videodevice supports both V4L2_PIX_FMT_SBGGR8 and
> # V4L2_PIX_FMT_MJPEG then motion will by default use
> V4L2_PIX_FMT_MJPEG. # Setting v4l2_palette to 1 forces motion to use
> V4L2_PIX_FMT_SBGGR8 # instead.
> #
> # Values :
> # V4L2_PIX_FMT_SN9C10X : 0? 'S910'
> # V4L2_PIX_FMT_SBGGR8? : 1? 'BA81'
> # V4L2_PIX_FMT_MJPEG?? : 2? 'MJPEG'
> # V4L2_PIX_FMT_JPEG??? : 3? 'JPEG'
> # V4L2_PIX_FMT_RGB24?? : 4? 'RGB3'
> # V4L2_PIX_FMT_UYVY??? : 5? 'UYVY'
> # V4L2_PIX_FMT_YUYV??? : 6? 'YUYV'
> # V4L2_PIX_FMT_YUV422P : 7? '422P'
> # V4L2_PIX_FMT_YUV420? : 8? 'YU12'
> v4l2_palette 8
>
> # Tuner device to be used for capturing using tuner as source
> (default /dev/tuner0) # This is ONLY used for FreeBSD. Leave it
> commented out for Linux ; tunerdevice /dev/tuner0
>
> # The video input to be used (default: 8)
> # Should normally be set to 0 or 1 for video/TV cards, and 8 for USB
> cameras input 0
>
> # The video norm to use (only for video capture and TV tuner cards)
> # Values: 0 (PAL), 1 (NTSC), 2 (SECAM), 3 (PAL NC no colour).
> Default: 0 (PAL) norm 1
>
> # The frequency to set the tuner to (kHz) (only for TV tuner cards)
> (default: 0) frequency 0
>
> # Rotate image this number of degrees. The rotation affects all saved
> images as # well as mpeg movies. Valid values: 0 (default = no
> rotation), 90, 180 and 270. rotate 0
>
> # Image width (pixels). Valid range: Camera dependent, default: 352
> width 352
>
> # Image height (pixels). Valid range: Camera dependent, default: 288
> height 288
>
> # Maximum number of frames to be captured per second.
> # Valid range: 2-100. Default: 100 (almost no limit).
> framerate 25
>
> # Minimum time in seconds between capturing picture frames from the
> camera. # Default: 0 = disabled - the capture rate is given by the
> camera framerate. # This option is used when you want to capture
> images at a rate lower than 2 per second. minimum_frame_time 0
>
> # URL to use if you are using a network camera, size will be
> autodetected (incl http:// ftp:// or file:///) # Must be a URL that
> returns single jpeg pictures or a raw mjpeg stream. Default: Not
> defined ; netcam_url value
>
> # Username and password for network camera (only if required).
> Default: not defined # Syntax is user:password
> ; netcam_userpass value
>
> # The setting for keep-alive of network socket, should improve
> performance on compatible net cameras. # 1.0:???????? The historical
> implementation using HTTP/1.0, closing the socket after each http
> request. # keep_alive:? Use HTTP/1.0 requests with keep alive header
> to reuse the same connection. # 1.1:???????? Use HTTP/1.1 requests
> that support keep alive as default. # Default: 1.0 ; netcam_http 1.0
>
> # URL to use for a netcam proxy server, if required, e.g.
> "http://myproxy". # If a port number other than 80 is needed, use
> "http://myproxy:1234". # Default: not defined
> ; netcam_proxy value
>
> # Set less strict jpeg checks for network cameras with a poor/buggy
> firmware. # Default: off
> netcam_tolerant_check off
>
> # Let motion regulate the brightness of a video device (default: off).
> # The auto_brightness feature uses the brightness option as its
> target value. # If brightness is zero auto_brightness will adjust to
> average brightness value 128. # Only recommended for cameras without
> auto brightness auto_brightness off
>
> # Set the initial brightness of a video device.
> # If auto_brightness is enabled, this value defines the average
> brightness level # which Motion will try and adjust to.
> # Valid range 0-255, default 0 = disabled
> brightness 0
>
> # Set the contrast of a video device.
> # Valid range 0-255, default 0 = disabled
> contrast 0
>
> # Set the saturation of a video device.
> # Valid range 0-255, default 0 = disabled
> saturation 0
>
> # Set the hue of a video device (NTSC feature).
> # Valid range 0-255, default 0 = disabled
> hue 0
>
>
> ############################################################
> # Round Robin (multiple inputs on same video device name)
> ############################################################
>
> # Number of frames to capture in each roundrobin step (default: 1)
> roundrobin_frames 1
>
> # Number of frames to skip before each roundrobin step (default: 1)
> roundrobin_skip 1
>
> # Try to filter out noise generated by roundrobin (default: off)
> switchfilter off
>
>
> ############################################################
> # Motion Detection Settings:
> ############################################################
>
> # Threshold for number of changed pixels in an image that
> # triggers motion detection (default: 1500)
> threshold 1500
>
> # Automatically tune the threshold down if possible (default: off)
> threshold_tune off
>
> # Noise threshold for the motion detection (default: 32)
> noise_level 32
>
> # Automatically tune the noise threshold (default: on)
> noise_tune on
>
> # Despeckle motion image using (e)rode or (d)ilate or (l)abel
> (Default: not defined) # Recommended value is EedDl. Any combination
> (and number of) of E, e, d, and D is valid. # (l)abeling must only be
> used once and the 'l' must be the last letter. # Comment out to
> disable despeckle EedDl
>
> # Detect motion in predefined areas (1 - 9). Areas are numbered like
> that:? 1 2 3 # A script (on_area_detected) is started immediately
> when motion is???????? 4 5 6 # detected in one of the given areas,
> but only once during an event.??????? 7 8 9 # One or more areas can
> be specified with this option. (Default: not defined) ; area_detect
> value
>
> # PGM file to use as a sensitivity mask.
> # Full path name to. (Default: not defined)
> ; mask_file value
>
> # Dynamically create a mask file during operation (default: 0)
> # Adjust speed of mask changes from 0 (off) to 10 (fast)
> smart_mask_speed 0
>
> # Ignore sudden massive light intensity changes given as a percentage
> of the picture # area that changed intensity. Valid range: 0 - 100 ,
> default: 0 = disabled lightswitch 0
>
> # Picture frames must contain motion at least the specified number of
> frames # in a row before they are detected as true motion. At the
> default of 1, all # motion is detected. Valid range: 1 to thousands,
> recommended 1-5 minimum_motion_frames 1
>
> # Specifies the number of pre-captured (buffered) pictures from
> before motion # was detected that will be output at motion detection.
> # Recommended range: 0 to 5 (default: 0)
> # Do not use large values! Large values will cause Motion to skip
> video frames and # cause unsmooth mpegs. To smooth mpegs use larger
> values of post_capture instead. pre_capture 0
>
> # Number of frames to capture after motion is no longer detected
> (default: 0) post_capture 0
>
> # Gap is the seconds of no motion detection that triggers the end of
> an event # An event is defined as a series of motion images taken
> within a short timeframe. # Recommended value is 60 seconds
> (Default). The value 0 is allowed and disables # events causing all
> Motion to be written to one single mpeg file and no pre_capture. gap
> 60
>
> # Maximum length in seconds of an mpeg movie
> # When value is exceeded a new mpeg file is created. (Default: 0 =
> infinite) max_mpeg_time 0
>
> # Always save images even if there was no motion (default: off)
> output_all off
>
>
> ############################################################
> # Image File Output
> ############################################################
>
> # Output 'normal' pictures when motion is detected (default: on)
> # Valid values: on, off, first, best, center
> # When set to 'first', only the first picture of an event is saved.
> # Picture with most motion of an event is saved when set to 'best'.
> # Picture with motion nearest center of picture is saved when set to
> 'center'. # Can be used as preview shot for the corresponding movie.
> output_normal on
>
> # Output pictures with only the pixels moving object (ghost images)
> (default: off) output_motion off
>
> # The quality (in percent) to be used by the jpeg compression
> (default: 75) quality 75
>
> # Output ppm images instead of jpeg (default: off)
> ppm off
>
>
> ############################################################
> # FFMPEG related options
> # Film (mpeg) file output, and deinterlacing of the video input
> # The options movie_filename and timelapse_filename are also used
> # by the ffmpeg feature
> ############################################################
>
> # Use ffmpeg to encode mpeg movies in realtime (default: off)
> ffmpeg_cap_new on
>
> # Use ffmpeg to make movies with only the pixels moving
> # object (ghost images) (default: off)
> ffmpeg_cap_motion off
>
> # Use ffmpeg to encode a timelapse movie
> # Default value 0 = off - else save frame every Nth second
> ffmpeg_timelapse 0
>
> # The file rollover mode of the timelapse video
> # Valid values: hourly, daily (default), weekly-sunday,
> weekly-monday, monthly, manual ffmpeg_timelapse_mode daily
>
> # Bitrate to be used by the ffmpeg encoder (default: 400000)
> # This option is ignored if ffmpeg_variable_bitrate is not 0
> (disabled) ffmpeg_bps 500000
>
> # Enables and defines variable bitrate for the ffmpeg encoder.
> # ffmpeg_bps is ignored if variable bitrate is enabled.
> # Valid values: 0 (default) = fixed bitrate defined by ffmpeg_bps,
> # or the range 2 - 31 where 2 means best quality and 31 is worst.
> ffmpeg_variable_bitrate 0
>
> # Codec to used by ffmpeg for the video compression.
> # Timelapse mpegs are always made in mpeg1 format independent from
> this option. # Supported formats are: mpeg1 (ffmpeg-0.4.8 only),
> mpeg4 (default), and msmpeg4. # mpeg1 - gives you files with
> extension .mpg # mpeg4 or msmpeg4 - gives you files with
> extension .avi # msmpeg4 is recommended for use with Windows Media
> Player because # it requires no installation of codec on the Windows
> client. # swf - gives you a flash film with extension .swf
> # flv - gives you a flash video with extension .flv
> # ffv1 - FF video codec 1 for Lossless Encoding ( experimental )
> # mov - QuickTime ( testing )
> ffmpeg_video_codec mpeg4
>
> # Use ffmpeg to deinterlace video. Necessary if you use an analog
> camera # and see horizontal combing on moving objects in video or
> pictures. # (default: off)
> ffmpeg_deinterlace off
>
>
> ############################################################
> # Snapshots (Traditional Periodic Webcam File Output)
> ############################################################
>
> # Make automated snapshot every N seconds (default: 0 = disabled)
> snapshot_interval 0
>
>
> ############################################################
> # Text Display
> # %Y = year, %m = month, %d = date,
> # %H = hour, %M = minute, %S = second, %T = HH:MM:SS,
> # %v = event, %q = frame number, %t = thread (camera) number,
> # %D = changed pixels, %N = noise level, \n = new line,
> # %i and %J = width and height of motion area,
> # %K and %L = X and Y coordinates of motion center
> # %C = value defined by text_event - do not use with text_event!
> # You can put quotation marks around the text to allow
> # leading spaces
> ############################################################
>
> # Locate and draw a box around the moving object.
> # Valid values: on, off and preview (default: off)
> # Set to 'preview' will only draw a box in preview_shot pictures.
> locate off
>
> # Draws the timestamp using same options as C function strftime(3)
> # Default: %Y-%m-%d\n%T = date in ISO format and time in 24 hour clock
> # Text is placed in lower right corner
> text_right %Y-%m-%d\n%T-%q
>
> # Draw a user defined text on the images using same options as C
> function strftime(3) # Default: Not defined = no text
> # Text is placed in lower left corner
> ; text_left CAMERA %t
>
> # Draw the number of changed pixed on the images (default: off)
> # Will normally be set to off except when you setup and adjust the
> motion settings # Text is placed in upper right corner
> text_changes off
>
> # This option defines the value of the special event conversion
> specifier %C # You can use any conversion specifier in this option
> except %C. Date and time # values are from the timestamp of the first
> image in the current event. # Default: %Y%m%d%H%M%S
> # The idea is that %C can be used filenames and text_left/right for
> creating # a unique identifier for each event.
> text_event %Y%m%d%H%M%S
>
> # Draw characters at twice normal size on images. (default: off)
> text_double off
>
>
> ############################################################
> # Target Directories and filenames For Images And Films
> # For the options snapshot_, jpeg_, mpeg_ and timelapse_filename
> # you can use conversion specifiers
> # %Y = year, %m = month, %d = date,
> # %H = hour, %M = minute, %S = second,
> # %v = event, %q = frame number, %t = thread (camera) number,
> # %D = changed pixels, %N = noise level,
> # %i and %J = width and height of motion area,
> # %K and %L = X and Y coordinates of motion center
> # %C = value defined by text_event
> # Quotation marks round string are allowed.
> ############################################################
>
> # Target base directory for pictures and films
> # Recommended to use absolute path. (Default: current working
> directory) target_dir /tmp/motion/mpeg
>
> # File path for snapshots (jpeg or ppm) relative to target_dir
> # Default: %v-%Y%m%d%H%M%S-snapshot
> # Default value is equivalent to legacy oldlayout option
> # For Motion 3.0 compatible mode choose: %Y/%m/%d/%H/%M/%S-snapshot
> # File extension .jpg or .ppm is automatically added so do not
> include this. # Note: A symbolic link called lastsnap.jpg created in
> the target_dir will always # point to the latest snapshot, unless
> snapshot_filename is exactly 'lastsnap' snapshot_filename
> %v-%Y%m%d%H%M%S-snapshot
>
> # File path for motion triggered images (jpeg or ppm) relative to
> target_dir # Default: %v-%Y%m%d%H%M%S-%q
> # Default value is equivalent to legacy oldlayout option
> # For Motion 3.0 compatible mode choose: %Y/%m/%d/%H/%M/%S-%q
> # File extension .jpg or .ppm is automatically added so do not
> include this # Set to 'preview' together with best-preview feature
> enables special naming # convention for preview shots. See motion
> guide for details jpeg_filename %v-%Y%m%d%H%M%S-%q
>
> # File path for motion triggered ffmpeg films (mpeg) relative to
> target_dir # Default: %v-%Y%m%d%H%M%S
> # Default value is equivalent to legacy oldlayout option
> # For Motion 3.0 compatible mode choose: %Y/%m/%d/%H%M%S
> # File extension .mpg or .avi is automatically added so do not
> include this # This option was previously called ffmpeg_filename
> movie_filename %v-%Y%m%d%H%M%S
>
> # File path for timelapse mpegs relative to target_dir
> # Default: %Y%m%d-timelapse
> # Default value is near equivalent to legacy oldlayout option
> # For Motion 3.0 compatible mode choose: %Y/%m/%d-timelapse
> # File extension .mpg is automatically added so do not include this
> timelapse_filename %Y%m%d-timelapse
>
>
> ############################################################
> # Live Webcam Server
> ############################################################
>
> # The mini-http server listens to this port for requests (default: 0
> = disabled) webcam_port 8081
>
> # Quality of the jpeg images produced (default: 50)
> webcam_quality 50
>
> # Output frames at 1 fps when no motion is detected and increase to
> the # rate given by webcam_maxrate when motion is detected (default:
> off) webcam_motion off
>
> # Maximum framerate for webcam streams (default: 1)
> webcam_maxrate 1
>
> # Restrict webcam connections to localhost only (default: on)
> webcam_localhost on
>
> # Limits the number of images per connection (default: 0 = unlimited)
> # Number can be defined by multiplying actual webcam rate by desired
> number of seconds # Actual webcam rate is the smallest of the numbers
> framerate and webcam_maxrate webcam_limit 0
>
>
> ############################################################
> # HTTP Based Control
> ############################################################
>
> # TCP/IP port for the http server to listen on (default: 0 = disabled)
> control_port 8080
>
> # Restrict control connections to localhost only (default: on)
> control_localhost on
>
> # Output for http server, select off to choose raw text plain
> (default: on) control_html_output on
>
> # Authentication for the http based control. Syntax username:password
> # Default: not defined (Disabled)
> ; control_authentication username:password
>
>
> ############################################################
> # Tracking (Pan/Tilt)
> ############################################################
>
> # Type of tracker (0=none (default), 1=stepper, 2=iomojo, 3=pwc,
> 4=generic, 5=uvcvideo) # The generic type enables the definition of
> motion center and motion size to # be used with the conversion
> specifiers for options like on_motion_detected track_type 0
>
> # Enable auto tracking (default: off)
> track_auto off
>
> # Serial port of motor (default: none)
> ; track_port value
>
> # Motor number for x-axis (default: 0)
> track_motorx 0
>
> # Motor number for y-axis (default: 0)
> track_motory 0
>
> # Maximum value on x-axis (default: 0)
> track_maxx 0
>
> # Maximum value on y-axis (default: 0)
> track_maxy 0
>
> # ID of an iomojo camera if used (default: 0)
> track_iomojo_id 0
>
> # Angle in degrees the camera moves per step on the X-axis
> # with auto-track (default: 10)
> # Currently only used with pwc type cameras
> track_step_angle_x 10
>
> # Angle in degrees the camera moves per step on the Y-axis
> # with auto-track (default: 10)
> # Currently only used with pwc type cameras
> track_step_angle_y 10
>
> # Delay to wait for after tracking movement as number
> # of picture frames (default: 10)
> track_move_wait 10
>
> # Speed to set the motor to (stepper motor option) (default: 255)
> track_speed 255
>
> # Number of steps to make (stepper motor option) (default: 40)
> track_stepsize 40
>
>
> ############################################################
> # External Commands, Warnings and Logging:
> # You can use conversion specifiers for the on_xxxx commands
> # %Y = year, %m = month, %d = date,
> # %H = hour, %M = minute, %S = second,
> # %v = event, %q = frame number, %t = thread (camera) number,
> # %D = changed pixels, %N = noise level,
> # %i and %J = width and height of motion area,
> # %K and %L = X and Y coordinates of motion center
> # %C = value defined by text_event
> # %f = filename with full path
> # %n = number indicating filetype
> # Both %f and %n are only defined for on_picture_save,
> # on_movie_start and on_movie_end
> # Quotation marks round string are allowed.
> ############################################################
>
> # Do not sound beeps when detecting motion (default: on)
> # Note: Motion never beeps when running in daemon mode.
> quiet on
>
> # Command to be executed when an event starts. (default: none)
> # An event starts at first motion detected after a period of no
> motion defined by gap ; on_event_start value
>
> # Command to be executed when an event ends after a period of no
> motion # (default: none). The period of no motion is defined by
> option gap. ; on_event_end value
>
> # Command to be executed when a picture (.ppm|.jpg) is saved
> (default: none) # To give the filename as an argument to a command
> append it with %f ; on_picture_save value
>
> # Command to be executed when a motion frame is detected (default:
> none) ; on_motion_detected value
>
> # Command to be executed when motion in a predefined area is detected
> # Check option 'area_detect'.?? (default: none)
> ; on_area_detected value
>
> # Command to be executed when a movie file (.mpg|.avi) is created.
> (default: none) # To give the filename as an argument to a command
> append it with %f ; on_movie_start value
>
> # Command to be executed when a movie file (.mpg|.avi) is closed.
> (default: none) # To give the filename as an argument to a command
> append it with %f ; on_movie_end value
>
> # Command to be executed when a camera can't be opened or if it is
> lost # NOTE: There is situations when motion doesn't detect a lost
> camera! # It depends on the driver, some drivers don't detect a lost
> camera at all # Some hang the motion thread. Some even hang the PC!
> (default: none) ; on_camera_lost value
>
> ############################################################
> # Common Options For MySQL and PostgreSQL database features.
> # Options require the MySQL/PostgreSQL options to be active also.
> ############################################################
>
> # Log to the database when creating motion triggered image file?
> (default: on) sql_log_image on
>
> # Log to the database when creating a snapshot image file (default:
> on) sql_log_snapshot on
>
> # Log to the database when creating motion triggered mpeg file
> (default: off) sql_log_mpeg off
>
> # Log to the database when creating timelapse mpeg file (default: off)
> sql_log_timelapse off
>
> # SQL query string that is sent to the database
> # Use same conversion specifiers has for text features
> # Additional special conversion specifiers are
> # %n = the number representing the file_type
> # %f = filename with full path
> # Default value:
> # insert into security(camera, filename, frame, file_type,
> time_stamp, text_event) values('%t', '%f', '%q', '%n', '%Y-%m-%d %T',
> '%C') sql_query insert into security(camera, filename, frame,
> file_type, time_stamp, event_time_stamp) values('%t', '%f', '%q',
> '%n', '%Y-%m-%d %T', '%C')
>
>
> ############################################################
> # Database Options For MySQL
> ############################################################
>
> # Mysql database to log to (default: not defined)
> ; mysql_db value
>
> # The host on which the database is located (default: localhost)
> ; mysql_host value
>
> # User account name for MySQL database (default: not defined)
> ; mysql_user value
>
> # User password for MySQL database (default: not defined)
> ; mysql_password value
>
>
> ############################################################
> # Database Options For PostgreSQL
> ############################################################
>
> # PostgreSQL database to log to (default: not defined)
> ; pgsql_db value
>
> # The host on which the database is located (default: localhost)
> ; pgsql_host value
>
> # User account name for PostgreSQL database (default: not defined)
> ; pgsql_user value
>
> # User password for PostgreSQL database (default: not defined)
> ; pgsql_password value
>
> # Port on which the PostgreSQL database is located (default: 5432)
> ; pgsql_port 5432
>
>
> ############################################################
> # Video Loopback Device (vloopback project)
> ############################################################
>
> # Output images to a video4linux loopback device
> # The value '-' means next available (default: not defined)
> ; video_pipe value
>
> # Output motion images to a video4linux loopback device
> # The value '-' means next available (default: not defined)
> ; motion_video_pipe value
>
>
> ##############################################################
> # Thread config files - One for each camera.
> # Except if only one camera - You only need this config file.
> # If you have more than one camera you MUST define one thread
> # config file for each camera in addition to this config file.
> ##############################################################
>
> # Remember: If you have more than one camera you must have one
> # thread file for each camera. E.g. 2 cameras requires 3 files:
> # This motion.conf file AND thread1.conf and thread2.conf.
> # Only put the options that are unique to each camera in the
> # thread config files.
> ; thread /usr/local/etc/thread1.conf
> ; thread /usr/local/etc/thread2.conf
> ; thread /usr/local/etc/thread3.conf
> ; thread /usr/local/etc/thread4.conf
>


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