Nope, there's also a third way:

https://launchpad.net/~gstreamer-developers/+archive/ppa


added the ppa, got the latest w/ apt-get update

now my vid renders all the way up to the end and stops with "1 second remaining" and sits there forever. The output file is 0 length, otherwise I'd be able to just stop the render and be good to go.

as it is, I'm left with nothing.

ideas?