[FFmpeg-devel] next Outreachy & GSoC ideas braindump [RFC]

Michael Niedermayer michael at niedermayer.cc
Thu Aug 4 02:30:30 EEST 2016

On Wed, Aug 03, 2016 at 07:46:26PM +0000, Timothy Gu wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 12:36 PM Michael Niedermayer <michael at niedermayer.cc>
> wrote:
> > what about writing guides/howtos about how to build/replace FFmpeg
> > on all kinds of hw
> >
> That's the responsibility of the HW vendor.
> > i mean everything these days uses FFmpeg below one or more layers
> > and users should have the right to replace their products FFmpeg
> > maybe with one that has more features enabled or a newer version
> > but in practice for how many products that contain FFmpeg can
> > the user actually do this easily? ...
> >
> Practically none, an amount easily matched by the number of users who are
> interested in doing that.

I am interrested in modifying stuff, and i think some developers
i know are too, so is probably the hacking and "power user" community
around whatever specific device one considers
A sizeable portion of the whole user base that is not but an important
If you provide a guide that allows people to replace the installed
FFmpeg binary on some hw, that hw might gain support for formats
providing better quality per bitrate or are more free, or ones that
where disabled due whatever marketing or legal reasons

Having guides like this can get users interrested in hacking and
modifying stuff, does it help us, no probably not but to me
getting more people interrested in any kind of hacking, programming,
science or engeneering sounds like a win.

Most users dont even know what is used to decode multimedia

Maybe this suggestion doesnt fit FFmpeg Outreachy, i dont know, it
was just a suggestion ...

Michael     GnuPG fingerprint: 9FF2128B147EF6730BADF133611EC787040B0FAB

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated
form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty. -- Plato
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