FFmpeg is a free software project that produces libraries and programs for handling multimedia data. Pano2VR can use FFmpeg to create poster frames for videos.

You’ll know if FFmpeg has not been installed if you cannot select Generate Video File in the Animation settings.


  1. Go here: https://ffmpeg.org/download.html
  2. Go to the Get Packages & executable files section and hover your mouse over your operating system to reveal a source to download ffmpeg.
  3. For Windows, click the first source option. For macOS, there is only one source to choose from.
    Windows Options
    macOS Options
  4. Select the compressed file to download. For Windows, choose the first option in the list (see image.). For macOS, Click on Download as ZIP where indicated in the image below.
    Windows Download
    macOS Download


  1. Decompress (open) the package files. For Windows, add the ffmpeg.exe file to your Programs directory. For macOS, add the ffmpeg file to your Applications directory.

  2. Open Pano2VR and go to the FFmpeg tab in Settings/Preferences.

  3. Click Choose and navigate to the ffmpeg.exe file on Windows and on Mac the ffmpeg file. Select the file and click Open to enter its path.


Installing FFMpeg with Homebrew – macOS

Homebrew is a package manager, accessed via the Terminal, that can streamline the installation process for apps.

  1. Install Homebrew. Follow the instructions here.
  2. After installation, install FFmpeg, by running (type), brew install ffmpeg in Terminal.
    Homebrew will put FFmpeg in its own directory.
  3. In Pano2VR, open the Preferences. In the FFmpeg tab, add /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg
  4. Done.

Remember to run updates as outlined here.

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