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<H1>FFmpeg FAQ</H1>
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<H1>Table of Contents</H1>
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<LI><A NAME="TOC1" HREF="faq.html#SEC1">1. General Problems</A>
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<LI><A NAME="TOC2" HREF="faq.html#SEC2">1.1 ffserver doesn't not work.</A>
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<LI><A NAME="TOC3" HREF="faq.html#SEC3">1.2 I cannot read this file although this format seems to be suppored by ffmpeg.</A>
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<LI><A NAME="TOC4" HREF="faq.html#SEC4">1.3 I get audio/video synchro problems when grabbing.</A>
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<LI><A NAME="TOC5" HREF="faq.html#SEC5">1.4 How do I encode jpegs to another format ?</A>
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<LI><A NAME="TOC6" HREF="faq.html#SEC6">1.5 FFmpeg does not support codec XXX. Can you include a Windows DLL loader to support it ?</A>
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<LI><A NAME="TOC7" HREF="faq.html#SEC7">1.6 How can I read from the standard input or write to the standard output ?</A>
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<LI><A NAME="TOC8" HREF="faq.html#SEC8">2. Development</A>
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<LI><A NAME="TOC9" HREF="faq.html#SEC9">2.1 Can you support my C compiler XXX ?</A>
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<LI><A NAME="TOC10" HREF="faq.html#SEC10">2.2 I want to use ffmpeg or libavcodec under Windows. Can you support my proprietary C compiler XXX ?</A>
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<LI><A NAME="TOC11" HREF="faq.html#SEC11">2.3 Can you add automake, libtool or autoconf support ?</A>
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<H1><A NAME="SEC1" HREF="faq.html#TOC1">1. General Problems</A></H1>
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<H2><A NAME="SEC2" HREF="faq.html#TOC2">1.1 ffserver doesn't not work.</A></H2>
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ffmpeg development is now concentrated on the codec and format
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handling. New developments broke ffserver, so don't expect it to work
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correctly. It is planned to fix it ASAP.
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Even if ffmpeg can read the file format, it may not support all its
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codecs. Please consult the supported codec list in the ffmpeg
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Currently, the grabbing stuff does not handle synchronisation
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correctly. You are free to correct it. It is planned to fix it ASAP.
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If the jpegs are named img1.jpg, img2.jpg, img3.jpg,..., use:
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<SAMP>`%d'</SAMP> is replaced by the image number.
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<TT>`img%03d.jpg'</TT> generates <TT>`img001.jpg'</TT>, <TT>`img002.jpg'</TT>, etc...
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The same system is used for the other image formats.
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No. FFmpeg only supports open source codecs. Windows DLLs are not
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Use <TT>`-'</TT> as filename.
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No. Only GCC is supported. GCC is ported on most systems available and I
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don't see the need to pollute the source code with <CODE>#ifdef</CODE>s
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related to the compiler.
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No. Use <CODE>mingw-gcc</CODE> available at <A HREF="http://www.mingw.org/">http://www.mingw.org/</A> to
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No. These tools are too blowted and they complicate the build. Moreover,
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since only <SAMP>`gcc'</SAMP> is supported they would add little advantages in
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