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    Movie-Aspect is undefined - no prescaling applied. videocodec: libavcodec (720x1280 fourcc=34504d46 [FMP4]) [mpeg4 @ 0x2c91c00] timebase not supported by mpeg 4 standard Could not open codec. FATAL: Cannot initialize video driver. That is the error I would get, I thought it was a codec error something else. By fluke Isaw something about ffmpeg where someone recommended manually telling it to the "fps" and it worked.........
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  • Linux Quick and Simple Animated Banner Creation using gifsicle


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