[Ffmpeg-devel] Re: [PATCH] Configure selectable video grab format

Måns Rullgård mru
Wed Jan 31 18:29:43 CET 2007

Ramiro Polla said:
> Michel Bardiaux wrote:
>> Ramiro Polla wrote:
>>> Ramiro Polla wrote:
>>>> Michel Bardiaux wrote:
>>>>> M?ns Rullg?rd wrote:
>>>>> [snip]
>>>>>> That said, I don't like the design of the grabbing code at all.
>>>>>> IMHO it would
>>>>>> be much cleaner to simply run ffmpeg -f v4l2 -i /dev/video0 or
>>>>>> whatever,
>>>>>> dropping the whole concept of a default grabbing device used if no
>>>>>> input is
>>>>>> specified.
>>>>> FWIW I agree.
>>>> Me too =).
>>>> The code for using a default grabbing device is really buggy (the
>>>> grabbing interfaces depend on what has been set for output).
>>> It seems this would be just removing a bunch of redundant code (like
>>> Michael said), and making few adaptations to the existing -i code.
>>> One problem with -i <grab device> is when you want to use the default
>>> grab device. This could be accomplished by (some suggestions):
>>> a) using the '-' character
>> Please dont, '-' generally means stdin. AAMOF ffmpeg -i - <
>> /dev/video0 *should* work as expected.
> Generally as in POSIX programs, or FFmpeg? (Sorry to ask. I searched a
> little, but it's quite hard to google for "-")


>>> b) making -grab mean -i <default device>.
>> Why do you insist on having a default grab device?
> First I wanted to set the default grab *format* (as is what currently
> happens in FFmpeg). Now I'm talking about default grab *device*.
> It would be nice to have default devices since most grab interfaces have
> a widely used device (like /dev/bktr0, /dev/tuner0, /dev/video0...)

Is typing the name really that difficult?

> And for the VFW grab interface I'm writing, the devices are set by a
> number (0-9), 0 meaning default.

Then I you'd say ffmpeg -f vfw -i 0.  Nobody said the parameter to -i must
be an actual file.

M?ns Rullg?rd
mru at inprovide.com

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