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ffmpeg mov to 3gp conversion problem

Last Modified: 2013-11-13

I am setting up a batch for conversion of .mov files into .3gp files for use on WAP.

After looking around for a while, it seems that the best tool for this is ffmpeg.

I have tried a whole lot of different parameters to get where I want with the files, but it seems that I never get to convert the audio stream.

I always end up with a: STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION, unless I use -acodec copy

This is the parameters I am using:
ffmpeg -i myfile.mov -acodec amr_nb  -ab 12.2 -ac 1 -ar 8000 -vcodec mpeg4 -s 176x104 -padtop 20 -padbottom 20 -r 25 -b 128 output.3gp

The ffmpeg I am using is compiled like this:

C:\Documents and Settings\Ola Skriubakken\Desktop\wap>ffmpeg
ffmpeg version 0.5.0-pre1,build 4743 Copyright (c) 2000-2005 Fabrice Bellard
  configuration:  --enable-mp3lame --enable-faac --enable-faad --enable-amr_nb -
-enable-amr_wb --disable-ffserver --disable-ffplay --enable-small --enable-memal
ign-hack --enable-gpl --enable-xvid --enable-dts --enable-a52 --enable-vhook --e
  built on Nov 13 2005 21:13:33, gcc: 3.3.1 (cygming special)

PLEASE, ANY IDEAS WHY THIS ALWAYS HAPPENS? I have tried any possible codec, and they all give me this problem.

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I would definately try Super for this: Here's the link -- posted by Merete (EE):


sweet thank you for the refs fredshovel,
I can offer some ffmpeg tuturials hope they help you, I confess i just researched them so cant claim them as a brainer from me.
Hope your not too disappointed but batch conversion using ffmeg is out of my range so will borrow from others.
FFMpeg based FLV to 3gp batch converter scripts
2-pass conversion using ffmpeg and Send To under Windows XP

FFmpeg codec howto


Thanks for the links, but Super can't run in command-line batch jobs.

Merete did however post a link (the second) that refers to another site about "Enable mp3 and amr support in ffmpeg". This link was broken, but it sounds like this could be an answer to my question.

If anyone know how to do this, or could find this information, I would give him/her the solution.


Ok, now I finally got it to work with cygwin1.dll installed in the same folder as ffmpeg.exe.

Using the following command it works fine on some files (.mov):
ffmpeg -i test.mov -acodec aac  -ab 12.2 -ac 1 -ar 8000 -vcodec mpeg4 -s 176x104 -padtop 20 -padbottom 20 -r 25 -b 128 test.3gp

But some files give me this error message spamming all over:
FAAD: Failed to decode frame: Gain control not yet implemented

Input files:
Working file:
  Stream #0.0: Video: h264, yuv420p, 480x270, 2500.00 fps
  Stream #0.1: Audio: aac, 44100 Hz, stereo

Not working file:
  Stream #0.0: Video: h264, yuv420p, 480x200, 2997.00 fps
  Stream #0.1: Audio: aac, 44100 Hz, stereo

Any ideas what to do with this?
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Should add so as not to confuse, that quicktime didn't use xvid or divx codecs -- just the early MPEG-4 and now H.264.


Oh my, thanks for your advice.....but now I get another error message spamming all over:

[aac@0x7aee38]faac: frame decoding failed: Unexpected channel configuration

Should I install faac another faac codec? Suggestions? Or is it inappropriate to convert to mono using aac? I get the same if I try "amr_nb".
I'm not a command line guy, but there's no problem converting aac to mono. I don't suppose there's much use for a stereo signal on a WAP phone anyway.

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