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how was ffmpeg usable before web searches is my question

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i've seen key=value arguments, i've seen -dashed unix style arguments, i've seen colons, i've seen equals signs, i think the order you pass the arguments *matters* which makes them less parameters and more... a command language? i have a friend who insists that there is coherence and consistency and even beauty to all of this but i am certain my friend is a liar.

that said -- i use ffmpeg successfully all the time! my workflow is: google ffmpeg question, immediately find answer, copy paste the unthinkable commands generously shared by a faceless ffmpeg wizard, big success.

i just dont know how i am supposed to do any of this without googling. maybe thats where all the wizards come from 🤔

@nasser you might get there faster by ducking (duckduckgo) for some thin wrappers

@nasser yo here's a good reference are.na/tom-macwright/ffmpeg-co

in day to day use i typically just use the `-i <input file> -o <output file>` invocation (but also have a wiki entry with like 10 different invocations for various usecases x)

@cblgh @nasser I just gave a class in the open design course on mini command line tools, as an introduction to Linux. Ending with an espeak concert of self chosen voices, texts and language ✨
12 computers speaking at the same time 👩‍🎤

@nasser @cblgh mencoder was/is more occult imho

also,
- sox
- ImageMagick
- g'mic

@nasser I had a photography teacher who said the art of it doesn't happen when you take the picture, but later on, when you pick the one from amongst the hundreds you took.

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