[Ffmpeg-devel] Using ffmpeg libs in an OSS project is a nightmare

Måns Rullgård mru
Mon Aug 8 16:03:42 CEST 2005

Diego Biurrun said:
> On Sat, Aug 06, 2005 at 12:36:59AM +0200, Kenneth Lavrsen wrote:
>> My name is Kenneth Lavrsen. I maintain the project Motion which has been
>> using ffmpeg for years now. (yes please add to the list).
>> http://www.lavrsen.dk/twiki/bin/view/Motion/WebHome
> Added.
>> Problem 1 and the most severe and EASY TO FIX
>> From your website: "New, official "releases" are few and far between. In
>> short, if you want to work with FFmpeg, you are advised to go along with
>> CVS development rather than relying on formal releases."  This is the key
>> problem. This is BAD ADVICE and a BAD POLICY. At least it is for the
>> libraries. Maybe this is acceptable for the command line tools which do not
>> change user interface that much and where the user adjustment is keying
>> something different. But for the libraries changing API all the time this
>> is a nightmare.
> There is a solution to this problem available to you: Include a working
> CVS snapshot of FFmpeg in Motion.  It's what many other projects
> building on FFmpeg do, at the very least all the players, i.e. MPlayer,
> xine, vlc, avifile, tcvp.

Correction: tcvp doesn't include a copy of ffmpeg.

M?ns Rullg?rd
mru at inprovide.com

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