[FFmpeg-devel] Reintroducing FFmpeg to Debian

Andrew Kelley superjoe30 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 10 09:25:33 CEST 2014

On Sun, Aug 10, 2014 at 12:01 AM, Matthias Urlichs <matthias at urlichs.de>

> Jean-Yves Avenard:
> > Including rename of constants (code enums id for example).
> Another nail in libav's coffin, then.
> IMHO it's reasonable to expect core APIs to be upwards-compatible and keep
> deprecated interfaces around for another release or two.

High quality libraries must iterate on their API. Especially for a library
trying to solve such a complex problem as audio and video encoding and
decoding for every codec and format. It is unreasonable to expect no
incompatible changes. Also both ffmpeg and libav codebases have a lot of
legacy cruft. Libav is making a more concentrated effort at improving this,
and the evolving API is a side-effect of that.

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