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Michael Rampe
MUST READ - article on the outcome of the fork and ongoing issues with development
on Sep 1, 2012 at 10:41:30 pm

Hi all,

Since asking the cow to start this forum several years ago, I have been in the constant struggle of dealing with the ever changing syntax and API compatibility of the various FFmpeg versions and also "the fork which I will not name here"

Since I have seen others on this forum and elsewhere also struggling with old solutions posted that no longer work, I thought I would post this excellent and mostly unbiased blog post about the situation I found from one of the developers.

http://blog.pkh.me/p/13-the-ffmpeg-libav-situation.html

Would be keen to know what other users, from beginner to power, think about this and what is your preference going forward.

To get the ball rolling, I am totally in the FFmpeg camp and not the "other". I think the changes in FFmpeg since the fork have been phenomenal, especially in regards to the excellent work on libavfilter.
Anyone have any experience with the "other"?

Michael


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Reuben Martin
Re: MUST READ - article on the outcome of the fork and ongoing issues with development
on Sep 6, 2012 at 1:06:02 am

Generally I've stuck with ffmpeg, mostly because the devs who frequent that side of the tracks seem to be a bit more interested in professional/broadcast video formats, while the libav counterparts seem to be more focused towards end-user/distribution formats. I really don't have anything to back that up with other than that is the impression I get just from observation of mailing lists. However, all the cross pollination between the two generally keeps things in sync.

What makes it somewhat awkward is that I'm a heavy user of Gentoo linux, and there are several hard working maintainers who put a lot of effort into maintaining Gentoo who are also strong proponents and developers for libav as well.

I generally try to skirt the issue as much as possible. There are a lot of bruised egos, and bad blood between various individuals. Getting involved is just poking the hornets nest with a stick.

There are some very talented developers from both sides, but with the personal conflicts involved, it might be that they are both more productive working apart from each other. I hope that someday the two camps will merge back into one project, but that is not going to happen anytime in the near future.


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