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Last Updated: February 25, 2016
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Encoding silent videos for video backgrounds

Looking at sites such as http://www.facebook.com/home with their snazzy video backdrops at the top of the page, I wanted to be able to take video that already existed and strip the audio, as well as make a webm version as well. FFmpeg to the rescue!

Strip the audio

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -vcodec copy -an output.mp4

Encode as webm in a reasonable quality (while dropping audio as well)

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -qmin 0 -qmax 50 -crf 5 -b:v 1M -an output.webm

Since FFmpeg seems to change it's flags every version, the version I ran these on was: ffmpeg version 0.8.6-6:0.8.6-0ubuntu0.12.10.1