How to Install Videomass on Ubuntu 24.04/22.04/20.04

Videomass is a powerful, cross-platform GUI for FFmpeg and yt-dlp, designed to simplify complex video and audio conversion tasks. Its user-friendly interface caters to both beginners and advanced users, enabling efficient multimedia management and manipulation. Here’s what makes Videomass stand out:

  • Comprehensive Format Support: Convert and manipulate various video and audio formats.
  • Batch Processing: Efficiently handle multiple files simultaneously, saving time and effort.
  • Advanced Customization: Tailor conversion parameters to meet specific requirements.
  • FFmpeg Integration: Leverage the full power of FFmpeg’s capabilities through an intuitive GUI.
  • Yt-dlp Compatibility: Download and manage YouTube and other media streams effortlessly.

With these features, Videomass becomes an indispensable tool for multimedia enthusiasts and professionals alike. This guide will walk you through the steps to install Videomass on Ubuntu 24.04, 22.04, or 20.04 LTS distributions using command-line methods. The installation utilizes the Videomass Launchpad PPA for the latest version.

Update Ubuntu System Packages Before Videomass Installation

The initial part of the installation process involves ensuring that your Ubuntu system packages are current. This is a crucial step as it prevents package conflicts during the subsequent installation of Videomass. The command to execute this package update is as follows:

sudo apt update

After updating the list of packages, the next move is to upgrade any outdated packages in your system. Upgrading your packages will ensure all system dependencies are at their latest versions. You can achieve this by executing the following command:

sudo apt upgrade

Import Videomass PPA

To successfully install Videomass, you need to add a Personal Package Archive (PPA) to your Ubuntu system. A PPA is a software repository that aids the seamless installation and update of software packages. In this case, we will add the Videomass PPA by executing the command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jeanslack/videomass -y

Refresh Packages Index After Videomass PPA Import

Having added the new PPA to your system, it is essential to run an update command once again. This step ensures that your system acknowledges the new PPA and its associated packages. Therefore, to update the index of system packages concerning the newly imported PPA, execute the following command:

sudo apt update

Finalize Videomass Installation via APT Command

With the successful addition and acknowledgment of the Videomass PPA in your system, you can begin installing Videomass on Ubuntu. The final command installs Videomass along with its associated Python dependencies:

sudo apt install python3-videomass -y

Launching VideoMass via CLI or GUI

Now that we’ve successfully installed VideoMass on our Ubuntu system, the next crucial step is to launch the software. Understanding how to open the application in Ubuntu allows you to start using VideoMass’s comprehensive suite of features for your video editing needs.

You can launch the application in several ways depending on your preferences or specific circumstances.

CLI Method to Launch Videomass

One way to start VideoMass is through the terminal, a powerful tool that controls your system directly. If you’re comfortable using the command-line interface, launching VideoMass is as straightforward as executing the following command:

videomass

Running this command directs the system to start the VideoMass application. It’s a quick and efficient method, especially if the terminal is open.

GUI Method to Launch Videomass

Although the terminal is a powerful tool, not everyone prefers the command-line approach. If you’re more comfortable using Ubuntu’s graphical interface, you can launch VideoMass from your desktop.

Follow these steps to launch VideoMass using the GUI:

  • Navigate to Activities in the upper left corner of your screen.
  • Click on Show Applications at the bottom of your Activities overview.
  • Locate and click on the VideoMass icon.

Initial VideoMass Configuration

After launching VideoMass for the first time, you’ll be greeted with a setup screen. This setup process tailors VideoMass to your system and preferences, providing a more streamlined user experience.

Starting the Setup Wizard For Videomass

Upon launching VideoMass, a Graphical User Interface (GUI) will appear, guiding you through the initial setup process. To commence, click the “Next >” button.

Locating FFMpeg For Videomass

Following the welcome screen, the setup wizard will request the location of the FFMpeg software on your system. FFMpeg is a key component of VideoMass, providing the multimedia handling capabilities that the application leverages.

The “Auto-detection” option will suffice for most users, as it automates locating FFMpeg. If, however, you have a custom installation of FFMpeg, you may need to specify its location manually.

Should you not have FFMpeg installed on your system, you can install it by running the following command in the terminal:

sudo apt install ffmpeg

After addressing the FFMpeg requirement, select your preferred option and click the “Next >” button.

Enable YT-DLP Option For Videomass on Ubuntu

Next, the wizard presents you with a choice for the “yt_dlp“. This optional extra will enable VideoMass to download video and audio from most websites, with YouTube being a prominent example.

Select the tool, ignore the preference, and click the “Next >” button.

Completing the Setup For Videomass

After finalizing your preferences, the setup process concludes. You should now see the complete installation screen. To finish the setup and start using VideoMass, click the “Finish” button.

Additional Videomass Commands

Update Videomass

To update Videomass along with other installed software on your system, execute the following command in your terminal:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

The sudo apt update command fetches the package lists from the repositories and updates them to get information about the newest versions of packages and their dependencies. The sudo apt upgrade command then installs available upgrades of all packages currently installed on the system from the sources configured via sources.list file.

Remove Videomass

Sometimes, you might find it necessary to uninstall software. Maybe you’re making room for different software, or the software doesn’t meet your needs. When installed, Videomass adds quite a few dependencies. Therefore, it’s advisable to use the autoremove command when removing Videomass, as this ensures that all the redundant dependencies are removed along with the software itself, keeping your system lean and efficient.

To uninstall Videomass and its dependencies, run the following command:

sudo apt remove videomass

If you don’t intend to reinstall Videomass, removing the Personal Package Archive (PPA) you added during installation is also recommended. This step ensures that your system’s software sources remain clean and relevant.

To remove the Videomass PPA, execute:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:jeanslack/videomass -y

Recap

In this guide, we’ve covered the steps to install Videomass on Ubuntu 24.04, 22.04, and 20.04 LTS, demonstrating how to use this powerful tool for your video processing needs. We’ve discussed optimizing your workflow, customizing settings, and improving video quality. To get the best results from Videomass, take the time to explore its features and adjust them to your specific tasks. Stay updated with the latest versions for enhanced performance and additional functionalities.

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