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How to enable GIF Screen Recordings and install FFmpeg

Dropshare 5.1.3 and newer

With the latest updates of Dropshare, FFmpeg can be installed with Homebrew:

brew install ffmpeg

Afterwards you will be able to create GIF screen recordings with Dropshare.

Dropshare 3.12 and newer

Dropshare supports GIF Screen Recordings when a statically linked version of FFmpeg is installed on your machine.

Step 1: Install statically linked version of FFmpeg

Please download a statically-linked build of FFmpeg from the official website. Unzip the archive with an app of your choice (we recommend The Unarchiver, a free and useful unarchiving app which supports 7-ZIP), and move the FFmpeg binary to the following location in Terminal.app:

cd ~/Downloads # navigate to the Downloads folder on your Mac
sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/bin # making sure the target directory exists
mv ffmpeg /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg-static # moving ffmpeg to the target directory

Step 2: Remove quatantine flag from ffmpeg binary

As you might know, Mac OS X and Gatekeeper threat software downloaded from the internet with a quarantine status. In order that Dropshare is able to execute FFmpeg to convert your screen recording to a GIF file, you need to remove that quarantine status from the ffmpeg-static binary:

xattr -d com.apple.quarantine /usr/local/bin/ffmpeg-static

You can now enable the "Convert to GIF" checkbox in Dropshare for Mac.

Possible Issues and Workarounds

Dropshare tells me it cannot find ffmpeg-static although I installed it according to the user guide.

There is a known issue with custom python installations which we will address in a future update. In case you've installed python e.g. with homebrew, a possible workaround is to edit the shebang of /usr/bin/xattr to point to the system version of python, or to uninstall the custom python version with homebrew. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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