[FFmpeg-user] Audio decode adding 100ms delay

Max Rowan max_rowan at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 24 07:07:36 EEST 2020

Hi all and thanks in advance for your responses. I've run into an issue where decoding audio adds roughly 100ms of delay to the entire decode. Simply adding the "-an" flag to either the encode/decode immediately takes 100ms off the overall latency. For reference I'm doing a capture from a decklink card and hardware encoding the video out to a UDP stream, which is then wrapped in an SRT stream. I'm not sure if it is of any consequence, but with "-loglevel debug" enabled the stream output for the opus encoder states "delay 120", like so:

Stream #0:1, 0, 1/90000: Audio: opus (libopus), 48000 Hz, stereo, s16, delay 120, 128 kb/s

 I can't find where this "delay" is coming from, how it is calculated, and any change I make to the setting of libupos can never reduce this "delay" below 120. I should say that I had the same issue with other audio codecs as well. 

Does anyone have any idea where this 100ms is coming from?


sudo ffmpeg -f decklink -duplex_mode half -format_code Hp50 -queue_size 4976640 -i "DeckLink Duo (1)" -c:v h264_qsv -b:v 6M -maxrate 6M -preset veryslow -bf 0 -refs 1 -c:a libopus -b:a 128k -compression_level 0 -frame_duration 20 -application lowdelay -f mpegts  "udp://"

SRT Wrap:

srt-live-transmit udp://:1234 "srt://"

Decode with audio:

ffplay -fast -fflags nobuffer -flags low_delay -framedrop -strict experimental "srt://"

Decode no audio:

ffplay -fast -fflags nobuffer -flags low_delay -framedrop -strict experimental -an "srt://"

Encode Output:

sudo ffmpeg -f decklink -duplex_mode half -format_code Hp50 -queue_size 4976640 -i "DeckLink Duo (1)" -c:v h264_qsv -b:v 6M -maxrate 6M -preset veryslow -bf 0 -refs 1 -c:a libopus -b:a 128k -compression_level 0 -frame_duration 20 -application lowdelay -f mpegts  "udp://"
ffmpeg version N-98687-g6e951d0cf8 Copyright (c) 2000-2020 the FFmpeg developers
  built with gcc 9 (Ubuntu 9.3.0-10ubuntu2)
  configuration: --prefix=/root/ffmpeg_build --pkg-config-flags=--static --extra-cflags='-I/root/ffmpeg_build/include -I/home/max/ffmpeg_sources/BMD_SDK/include' --extra-ldflags='-L/root/ffmpeg_build/lib -L$/home/max/ffmpeg_sources/BMD_SDK/include' --extra-libs='-lpthread -lm' --bindir=/root/bin --enable-libmfx --enable-gpl --enable-gnutls --enable-libass --enable-libfdk-aac --enable-libfreetype --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libopus --enable-libvorbis --enable-libvpx --enable-libx264 --enable-libx265 --enable-libsrt --enable-decklink --enable-libvmaf --enable-nonfree
  libavutil      56. 58.100 / 56. 58.100
  libavcodec     58.100.100 / 58.100.100
  libavformat    58. 50.100 / 58. 50.100
  libavdevice    58. 11.101 / 58. 11.101
  libavfilter     7. 87.100 /  7. 87.100
  libswscale      5.  8.100 /  5.  8.100
  libswresample   3.  8.100 /  3.  8.100
  libpostproc    55.  8.100 / 55.  8.100
[decklink @ 0x55b52ce07140] Found Decklink mode 1920 x 1080 with rate 50.00
[decklink @ 0x55b52ce07140] Frame received (#1) - No input signal detected - Frames dropped 1
Guessed Channel Layout for Input Stream #0.0 : stereo
Input #0, decklink, from 'DeckLink Duo (1)':
  Duration: N/A, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 1660416 kb/s
    Stream #0:0: Audio: pcm_s16le, 48000 Hz, stereo, s16, 1536 kb/s
    Stream #0:1: Video: rawvideo (UYVY / 0x59565955), uyvy422(progressive), 1920x1080, 1658880 kb/s, 50 tbr, 1000k tbn, 1000k tbc
Stream mapping:
  Stream #0:1 -> #0:0 (rawvideo (native) -> h264 (h264_qsv))
  Stream #0:0 -> #0:1 (pcm_s16le (native) -> opus (libopus))
Press [q] to stop, [?] for help
Output #0, mpegts, to 'udp://':
    encoder         : Lavf58.50.100
    Stream #0:0: Video: h264 (h264_qsv), nv12(progressive), 1920x1080, q=-1--1, 6000 kb/s, 50 fps, 90k tbn, 50 tbc
      encoder         : Lavc58.100.100 h264_qsv
    Side data:
      cpb: bitrate max/min/avg: 6000000/0/6000000 buffer size: 0 vbv_delay: N/A
    Stream #0:1: Audio: opus (libopus), 48000 Hz, stereo, s16, 128 kb/s
      encoder         : Lavc58.100.100 libopus

Thanks in advance, Max

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