[FFmpeg-devel] Patch for new input/output hardware devices with free but not open source library acceptable?

Michael Niedermayer michaelni at gmx.at
Fri Sep 14 01:11:38 CEST 2012

On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 12:03:49AM +0200, Thijs Marinussen wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm interested to know if a patch to support DekTec ASI/RF/SDI hardware
> would have a chance of being included. Depending on the product these
> devices have 1 or more ASI/RF/SDI input/output ports. My first point
> of interest would be to support HD-SDI input/output.
> The linux driversare open source.
> The windows drivers are proprietary.
> The API (which is required to use the cards) is freely re-distributable
> but not open source.

I dont see a big problem here, if theres someone who maintains
the code and users who want/use it.
Of course i strongly support that proprietary parts should be replaced
by free & open source ones.

> As far as I know this would make it incompatible with the GPL (source
> of the library is not available) but compatible with the LGPL.


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