As I had to install my system from scratch I decided to play it safe this time around and follow the documentation for compiling ffmpeg on Centos via the ffmpeg.org site. I followed every command line by line without any errors until the very final one which was to do with the bash_profile.
If I look for ffmpeg on my system it just keeps saying command not found?
I don't understand why the documentation installs everything in
~/ when I thought it needs to be in
I don't understand why the documentation doesn't include ldconfig command or any kind of instructions on setting the path and executing the software.
update: I decided to undo what I had done because couldn't work out file paths and instead I downloaded and installed ffmpeg with rpmforge and yum and finally it is all working. I literally began learning terminal last year and it has been a very steep learning curve for me so what may seem very obvious to some eg file paths for setting up ffmpeg is not for me. Hence my great confusion.