[LAU] ffmpeg or libav

Dan MacDonald allcoms at gmail.com
Sun Jan 13 12:06:51 UTC 2013

Here's is the relevant Debian maintainers explanation of why he chose libav
over ffmpeg:


On Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 4:49 AM, Rustom Mody <rustompmody at gmail.com> wrote:

> Ive seen some postings here recently recommending ffmpeg, so I thought I'd
> ask this (somewhat political) question:
> All that I know is that as an ordinary mostly-ignoramus user, Ive used
> ffmpeg on and off and then one day my debian updates told me ffmpeg is
> obsolete use libav.
> Did that and have found that some things that used to work with ffmpeg
> stopped with libav (dont exactly remember the details).
> Currently it appears that for using ffmpeg one needs to compile from
> source.
> Since people are recommending use of ffmpeg am I to understand that the
> headache is worth it?
> http://blog.pkh.me/p/13-the-ffmpeg-libav-situation.html seems to say that
> ffmpeg is integrating libav patches and not vice versa
> [Sorry for asking a political question]
> Rusi
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