wow I just spent an hour trying to post a video to birdsite, running every relevant FFmpeg incantation I could find on the internet, every single one of them resulted in a rejected video. what a pile of garbage. worked immediately on Mastodon unsurprisingly. remember kids: centralized platforms are technically as well as morally inferior to open ones.

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@nasser your dimensions must not have been multiples of 8? Mastodon supports any sort of ratios.

ffmpeg -i screen-recording.mkv -vcodec libx264 -vf "pad=ceil(iw/2)*2:ceil(ih/2)*2" -pix_fmt yuv420p -strict experimental -r 25 -t 2:20 -acodec aac -vb 1024k -minrate 1024k -maxrate 1024k -bufsize 1024k -ar 44100 -ac 2 output.mp4

@nasser feels a bit conflicted with helped you jump through the birdsite hoops, but it's a good incantation to have.

@neauoire that mostly worked! video was cut off at the end but i can live with it. telling people to follow me here anyway.

@neauoire I will try this when I get home. an error message beyond "your video was rejected" would have been nice but their devs are too busy figuring out how to monetize data I guess 🙃

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