[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] Dynamic plugins loading

Michael Niedermayer michaelni
Tue Nov 2 19:02:33 CET 2010

these kind of mails really make me miss mans

On Tue, Nov 02, 2010 at 02:23:56PM +0200, Felipe Contreras wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 2:52 AM, Ronald S. Bultje <rsbultje at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Sun, Oct 31, 2010 at 9:42 AM, Nicolas George
> > <nicolas.george at normalesup.org> wrote:
> >> There is probably much to discuss, but at the very least, it works to simply
> >> add support for a new format in lavf by just dropping a file in a directory.
> >> Codecs and filters should work just the same.
> >
> > Let's just go over the big phat elephant in the room. Is this an advantage?
> Of course it is is!

true, we found a bug in your speech synth that leads to repeated words

> There is a need to package separately free, and patent encumbered
> codecs.

and we do, ffmpeg is patent encumbered, and main(){} is free (with some luck)

> Right now that's impossible with FFmpeg, and that's the reason
> it's not offered on Fedora, or MeeGo.

what is meego? and who uses fedora after having tried any other major distro?

> This is solved in GStreamer by having a separate package for the core,
> and the patent encumbered plugins.

if so why do you complain?

> The third party repo provides the
> codec packages that get installed into /usr/lib/gstreamer-0.10, and
> voil?, you have support for all the codecs.

dont use fedora and viola you have support for all the codecs
out of the box

> There's even on-the-fly
> codec installation support so when trying to play a clip, you get
> asked if you want to install the codec package.

and with ffmpeg it just works, no annoying questions to the end user,
no download needed, no net connection needed.

Thats just besides that automated install of patent encumbered things will make
the core be patent encumbered too if the automatically installed things are.
If it was otherwise SW patents would be unenforceable and every company would
just install that part seperately after asking the user "do you want this to

> Personally I think it's a shame that FFmpeg is not shipped in such
> important distributions just because of this reason. And of course if
> your package depends on FFmpeg, then you are out of the distro as
> well.

I think its a shame such distros are shiped anywhere but the next garbage dump

Michael     GnuPG fingerprint: 9FF2128B147EF6730BADF133611EC787040B0FAB

Many things microsoft did are stupid, but not doing something just because
microsoft did it is even more stupid. If everything ms did were stupid they
would be bankrupt already.
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