[Libav-user] Would anyone find an OS X / Cocoa / Swift wrapper for Libav useful?

Bradley O'Hearne brado at bighillsoftware.com
Tue Jan 27 05:39:20 CET 2015

> On Jan 26, 2015, at 8:19 PM, wm4 <nfxjfg at googlemail.com> wrote:
> I think the problem is rather that you're not even trying to contribute.
> This is an open source project. You have to get involved, not expect
> that "support" will take care of you.

I’ve been on this mailing list over three years. Numerous times I’ve attempted to engage this list in discussions in hopes of definitively understanding FFmpeg at a deeper level, and leaving a discussion trail which others traveling the same path which I have could benefit from who  I’ve inquired about documentation, design and architectural decisions. I’ve asked questions about how various X things are accomplished for the same reason. I’ve contributed a fully working real-time capture-encode-stream app whose code has sat on Github for over a year and has been linked to several times on this mailing list. This time, I once again tried to find a way I could contribute something to FFmpeg which based on the clients I serve, is exactly what FFmpeg needs — and so I appealed to the community in hopes of finding others whom it would help as well. All of this is directly aimed at contributing. 

In all of the cases above, the efforts proved futile (save some of the folks I’ve met and good conversations I’ve had a result off-list as a result). The very ingrained collective personality of this mailing list is a one-trick pony — when you can’t stand toe-to-toe technically, turn the turrets on the person, and make the conversation personal. Same thing here…avoid the issue, fault the person. If you want a fail-safe formula for pushing contributors away, well you’ve got it. 

As I stated before…you win. Your worries about threatening FFmpeg by bringing its API out of the realm of the propellor-heads and propagating clarity and understanding rather than keeping FFmpeg a black art are unnecessary. I’ll contribute elsewhere. 


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