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1\input texinfo @c -*- texinfo -*-
2
3@settitle FFmpeg Documentation
4@titlepage
5@sp 7
6@center @titlefont{FFmpeg Documentation}
7@sp 3
8@end titlepage
9
10
11@chapter Introduction
12
13FFmpeg is a very fast video and audio converter. It can also grab from
14a live audio/video source.
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9181577c 16The command line interface is designed to be intuitive, in the sense
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17that FFmpeg tries to figure out all parameters that can possibly be
18derived automatically. You usually only have to specify the target
19bitrate you want.
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21FFmpeg can also convert from any sample rate to any other, and resize
22video on the fly with a high quality polyphase filter.
23
24@chapter Quick Start
25
e99c4e10 26@c man begin EXAMPLES
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27@section Video and Audio grabbing
28
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29FFmpeg can use a video4linux compatible video source and any Open Sound
30System audio source:
31
9181577c 32@example
115329f1 33ffmpeg /tmp/out.mpg
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34@end example
35
e99c4e10 36Note that you must activate the right video source and channel before
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37launching FFmpeg with any TV viewer such as xawtv
38(@url{http://bytesex.org/xawtv/}) by Gerd Knorr. You also
39have to set the audio recording levels correctly with a
e99c4e10 40standard mixer.
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6bf40f39 42@section Video and Audio file format conversion
9181577c 43
4c5f7207 44* FFmpeg can use any supported file format and protocol as input:
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45
46Examples:
47
4c5f7207 48* You can use YUV files as input:
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49
50@example
115329f1 51ffmpeg -i /tmp/test%d.Y /tmp/out.mpg
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52@end example
53
115329f1 54It will use the files:
9181577c 55@example
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56/tmp/test0.Y, /tmp/test0.U, /tmp/test0.V,
57/tmp/test1.Y, /tmp/test1.U, /tmp/test1.V, etc...
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58@end example
59
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60The Y files use twice the resolution of the U and V files. They are
61raw files, without header. They can be generated by all decent video
62decoders. You must specify the size of the image with the @option{-s} option
4c5f7207 63if FFmpeg cannot guess it.
9181577c 64
4c5f7207 65* You can input from a raw YUV420P file:
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66
67@example
e99c4e10 68ffmpeg -i /tmp/test.yuv /tmp/out.avi
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69@end example
70
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71test.yuv is a file containing raw YUV planar data. Each frame is composed
72of the Y plane followed by the U and V planes at half vertical and
e99c4e10 73horizontal resolution.
9181577c 74
4c5f7207 75* You can output to a raw YUV420P file:
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76
77@example
f926cbe7 78ffmpeg -i mydivx.avi hugefile.yuv
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79@end example
80
81* You can set several input files and output files:
82
83@example
e99c4e10 84ffmpeg -i /tmp/a.wav -s 640x480 -i /tmp/a.yuv /tmp/a.mpg
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85@end example
86
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87Converts the audio file a.wav and the raw YUV video file a.yuv
88to MPEG file a.mpg.
9181577c 89
6bf40f39 90* You can also do audio and video conversions at the same time:
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91
92@example
e99c4e10 93ffmpeg -i /tmp/a.wav -ar 22050 /tmp/a.mp2
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94@end example
95
4c5f7207 96Converts a.wav to MPEG audio at 22050Hz sample rate.
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97
98* You can encode to several formats at the same time and define a
e99c4e10 99mapping from input stream to output streams:
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100
101@example
e99c4e10 102ffmpeg -i /tmp/a.wav -ab 64 /tmp/a.mp2 -ab 128 /tmp/b.mp2 -map 0:0 -map 0:0
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103@end example
104
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105Converts a.wav to a.mp2 at 64 kbits and to b.mp2 at 128 kbits. '-map
106file:index' specifies which input stream is used for each output
e99c4e10 107stream, in the order of the definition of output streams.
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108
109* You can transcode decrypted VOBs
110
111@example
e99c4e10 112ffmpeg -i snatch_1.vob -f avi -vcodec mpeg4 -b 800 -g 300 -bf 2 -acodec mp3 -ab 128 snatch.avi
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113@end example
114
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115This is a typical DVD ripping example; the input is a VOB file, the
116output an AVI file with MPEG-4 video and MP3 audio. Note that in this
117command we use B-frames so the MPEG-4 stream is DivX5 compatible, and
118GOP size is 300 which means one intra frame every 10 seconds for 29.97fps
119input video. Furthermore, the audio stream is MP3-encoded so you need
120to enable LAME support by passing @code{--enable-mp3lame} to configure.
121The mapping is particularly useful for DVD transcoding
e99c4e10 122to get the desired audio language.
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4c5f7207 124NOTE: To see the supported input formats, use @code{ffmpeg -formats}.
e99c4e10 125@c man end
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126
127@chapter Invocation
128
129@section Syntax
130
e99c4e10 131The generic syntax is:
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115329f1 133@example
e99c4e10 134@c man begin SYNOPSIS
28f88dc8 135ffmpeg [[infile options][@option{-i} @var{infile}]]... @{[outfile options] @var{outfile}@}...
e99c4e10 136@c man end
9181577c 137@end example
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138@c man begin DESCRIPTION
139If no input file is given, audio/video grabbing is done.
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141As a general rule, options are applied to the next specified
142file. For example, if you give the @option{-b 64} option, it sets the video
4c5f7207 143bitrate of the next file. The format option may be needed for raw input
e99c4e10 144files.
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146By default, FFmpeg tries to convert as losslessly as possible: It
147uses the same audio and video parameters for the outputs as the one
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148specified for the inputs.
149@c man end
9181577c 150
e99c4e10 151@c man begin OPTIONS
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152@section Main options
153
e99c4e10 154@table @option
9181577c 155@item -L
4c5f7207 156Show license.
18bff752 157
9181577c 158@item -h
4c5f7207 159Show help.
18bff752 160
e99c4e10 161@item -formats
4c5f7207 162Show available formats, codecs, protocols, ...
18bff752 163
115329f1 164@item -f fmt
4c5f7207 165Force format.
18bff752 166
115329f1 167@item -i filename
4c5f7207 168input filename
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115329f1 170@item -y
4c5f7207 171Overwrite output files.
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115329f1 173@item -t duration
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174Set the recording time in seconds.
175@code{hh:mm:ss[.xxx]} syntax is also supported.
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e83a84ac 177@item -ss position
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178Seek to given time position in seconds.
179@code{hh:mm:ss[.xxx]} syntax is also supported.
e83a84ac 180
115329f1 181@item -title string
4c5f7207 182Set the title.
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115329f1 184@item -author string
4c5f7207 185Set the author.
9181577c 186
115329f1 187@item -copyright string
4c5f7207 188Set the copyright.
9181577c 189
115329f1 190@item -comment string
4c5f7207 191Set the comment.
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99db6420 193@item -target type
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194Specify target file type ("vcd", "svcd", "dvd", "dv", "pal-vcd",
195"ntsc-svcd", ... ). All the format options (bitrate, codecs,
196buffer sizes) are then set automatically. You can just type:
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197
198@example
199ffmpeg -i myfile.avi -target vcd /tmp/vcd.mpg
200@end example
201
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202Nevertheless you can specify additional options as long as you know
203they do not conflict with the standard, as in:
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205@example
206ffmpeg -i myfile.avi -target vcd -bf 2 /tmp/vcd.mpg
207@end example
208
99db6420 209@item -hq
4c5f7207 210Activate high quality settings.
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401fbdde 212@item -itsoffset offset
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213Set the input time offset in seconds.
214@code{[-]hh:mm:ss[.xxx]} syntax is also supported.
215This option affects all the input files that follow it.
216The offset is added to the timestamps of the input files.
217Specifying a positive offset means that the corresponding
218streams are delayed by 'offset' seconds.
401fbdde 219
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220@end table
221
222@section Video Options
223
e99c4e10 224@table @option
9181577c 225@item -b bitrate
4c5f7207 226Set the video bitrate in kbit/s (default = 200 kb/s).
115329f1 227@item -r fps
4c5f7207 228Set frame rate (default = 25).
115329f1 229@item -s size
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230Set frame size. The format is @samp{wxh} (default = 160x128).
231The following abbreviations are recognized:
5ee03c86 232@table @samp
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233@item sqcif
234128x96
235@item qcif
236176x144
237@item cif
238352x288
239@item 4cif
240704x576
241@end table
242
243@item -aspect aspect
4c5f7207 244Set aspect ratio (4:3, 16:9 or 1.3333, 1.7777).
18bff752 245@item -croptop size
4c5f7207 246Set top crop band size (in pixels).
18bff752 247@item -cropbottom size
4c5f7207 248Set bottom crop band size (in pixels).
18bff752 249@item -cropleft size
4c5f7207 250Set left crop band size (in pixels).
18bff752 251@item -cropright size
4c5f7207 252Set right crop band size (in pixels).
1ff93ffc 253@item -padtop size
4c5f7207 254Set top pad band size (in pixels).
1ff93ffc 255@item -padbottom size
4c5f7207 256Set bottom pad band size (in pixels).
1ff93ffc 257@item -padleft size
4c5f7207 258Set left pad band size (in pixels).
1ff93ffc 259@item -padright size
4c5f7207 260Set right pad band size (in pixels).
5b79a73e 261@item -padcolor (hex color)
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262Set color of padded bands. The value for padcolor is expressed
263as a six digit hexadecimal number where the first two digits
264represent red, the middle two digits green and last two digits
265blue (default = 000000 (black)).
9181577c 266@item -vn
4c5f7207 267Disable video recording.
115329f1 268@item -bt tolerance
4c5f7207 269Set video bitrate tolerance (in kbit/s).
18bff752 270@item -maxrate bitrate
4c5f7207 271Set max video bitrate tolerance (in kbit/s).
18bff752 272@item -minrate bitrate
4c5f7207 273Set min video bitrate tolerance (in kbit/s).
18bff752 274@item -bufsize size
4c5f7207 275Set rate control buffer size (in kbit).
115329f1 276@item -vcodec codec
4c5f7207 277Force video codec to @var{codec}. Use the @code{copy} special value to
5ee03c86 278tell that the raw codec data must be copied as is.
18bff752 279@item -sameq
4c5f7207 280Use same video quality as source (implies VBR).
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115329f1 282@item -pass n
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283Select the pass number (1 or 2). It is useful to do two pass
284encoding. The statistics of the video are recorded in the first
285pass and the video is generated at the exact requested bitrate
286in the second pass.
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115329f1 288@item -passlogfile file
4c5f7207 289Set two pass logfile name to @var{file}.
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290
291@end table
292
18bff752 293@section Advanced Video Options
9181577c 294
e99c4e10 295@table @option
115329f1 296@item -g gop_size
4c5f7207 297Set the group of pictures size.
115329f1 298@item -intra
4c5f7207 299Use only intra frames.
115329f1 300@item -qscale q
4c5f7207 301Use fixed video quantiser scale (VBR).
115329f1 302@item -qmin q
4c5f7207 303minimum video quantiser scale (VBR)
115329f1 304@item -qmax q
4c5f7207 305maximum video quantiser scale (VBR)
115329f1 306@item -qdiff q
4c5f7207 307maximum difference between the quantiser scales (VBR)
115329f1 308@item -qblur blur
9181577c 309video quantiser scale blur (VBR)
115329f1 310@item -qcomp compression
9181577c 311video quantiser scale compression (VBR)
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312
313@item -rc_init_cplx complexity
4c5f7207 314initial complexity for single pass encoding
18bff752 315@item -b_qfactor factor
4c5f7207 316qp factor between P- and B-frames
18bff752 317@item -i_qfactor factor
4c5f7207 318qp factor between P- and I-frames
18bff752 319@item -b_qoffset offset
4c5f7207 320qp offset between P- and B-frames
18bff752 321@item -i_qoffset offset
4c5f7207 322qp offset between P- and I-frames
18bff752 323@item -rc_eq equation
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324Set rate control equation (@pxref{FFmpeg formula
325evaluator}) (default = @code{tex^qComp}).
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326@item -rc_override override
327rate control override for specific intervals
18bff752 328@item -me method
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329Set motion estimation method to @var{method}.
330Available methods are (from lowest to best quality):
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331@table @samp
332@item zero
5ee03c86 333Try just the (0, 0) vector.
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334@item phods
335@item log
336@item x1
337@item epzs
338(default method)
339@item full
340exhaustive search (slow and marginally better than epzs)
341@end table
342
343@item -dct_algo algo
4c5f7207 344Set DCT algorithm to @var{algo}. Available values are:
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345@table @samp
346@item 0
347FF_DCT_AUTO (default)
348@item 1
349FF_DCT_FASTINT
350@item 2
351FF_DCT_INT
352@item 3
353FF_DCT_MMX
354@item 4
355FF_DCT_MLIB
356@item 5
357FF_DCT_ALTIVEC
358@end table
359
360@item -idct_algo algo
4c5f7207 361Set IDCT algorithm to @var{algo}. Available values are:
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362@table @samp
363@item 0
364FF_IDCT_AUTO (default)
365@item 1
115329f1 366FF_IDCT_INT
18bff752 367@item 2
115329f1 368FF_IDCT_SIMPLE
18bff752 369@item 3
115329f1 370FF_IDCT_SIMPLEMMX
18bff752 371@item 4
115329f1 372FF_IDCT_LIBMPEG2MMX
18bff752 373@item 5
115329f1 374FF_IDCT_PS2
18bff752 375@item 6
115329f1 376FF_IDCT_MLIB
18bff752 377@item 7
115329f1 378FF_IDCT_ARM
18bff752 379@item 8
115329f1 380FF_IDCT_ALTIVEC
18bff752 381@item 9
115329f1 382FF_IDCT_SH4
18bff752 383@item 10
115329f1 384FF_IDCT_SIMPLEARM
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385@end table
386
387@item -er n
4c5f7207 388Set error resilience to @var{n}.
18bff752 389@table @samp
115329f1 390@item 1
1471c6c2 391FF_ER_CAREFUL (default)
18bff752 392@item 2
5ee03c86 393FF_ER_COMPLIANT
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394@item 3
395FF_ER_AGGRESSIVE
396@item 4
397FF_ER_VERY_AGGRESSIVE
398@end table
399
5ee03c86 400@item -ec bit_mask
4c5f7207 401Set error concealment to @var{bit_mask}. @var{bit_mask} is a bit mask of
5ee03c86 402the following values:
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403@table @samp
404@item 1
4c5f7207 405FF_EC_GUESS_MVS (default = enabled)
18bff752 406@item 2
4c5f7207 407FF_EC_DEBLOCK (default = enabled)
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408@end table
409
410@item -bf frames
4c5f7207 411Use 'frames' B-frames (supported for MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4).
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412@item -mbd mode
413macroblock decision
414@table @samp
415@item 0
4c5f7207 416FF_MB_DECISION_SIMPLE: Use mb_cmp (cannot change it yet in FFmpeg).
18bff752 417@item 1
4c5f7207 418FF_MB_DECISION_BITS: Choose the one which needs the fewest bits.
18bff752 419@item 2
019c8838 420FF_MB_DECISION_RD: rate distortion
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421@end table
422
423@item -4mv
4c5f7207 424Use four motion vector by macroblock (MPEG-4 only).
18bff752 425@item -part
4c5f7207 426Use data partitioning (MPEG-4 only).
18bff752 427@item -bug param
4c5f7207 428Work around encoder bugs that are not auto-detected.
18bff752 429@item -strict strictness
4c5f7207 430How strictly to follow the standards.
5ee03c86 431@item -aic
4c5f7207 432Enable Advanced intra coding (h263+).
5ee03c86 433@item -umv
4c5f7207 434Enable Unlimited Motion Vector (h263+)
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435
436@item -deinterlace
4c5f7207 437Deinterlace pictures.
99db6420 438@item -interlace
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439Force interlacing support in encoder (MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 only).
440Use this option if your input file is interlaced and you want
441to keep the interlaced format for minimum losses.
442The alternative is to deinterlace the input stream with
443@option{-deinterlace}, but deinterlacing introduces losses.
18bff752 444@item -psnr
4c5f7207 445Calculate PSNR of compressed frames.
18bff752 446@item -vstats
4c5f7207 447Dump video coding statistics to @file{vstats_HHMMSS.log}.
18bff752 448@item -vhook module
4c5f7207 449Insert video processing @var{module}. @var{module} contains the module
18bff752 450name and its parameters separated by spaces.
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451@end table
452
453@section Audio Options
454
455@table @option
115329f1 456@item -ar freq
4c5f7207 457Set the audio sampling frequency (default = 44100 Hz).
115329f1 458@item -ab bitrate
4c5f7207 459Set the audio bitrate in kbit/s (default = 64).
18bff752 460@item -ac channels
4c5f7207 461Set the number of audio channels (default = 1).
5ee03c86 462@item -an
4c5f7207 463Disable audio recording.
5ee03c86 464@item -acodec codec
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465Force audio codec to @var{codec}. Use the @code{copy} special value to
466specify that the raw codec data must be copied as is.
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467@end table
468
469@section Audio/Video grab options
470
471@table @option
472@item -vd device
4c5f7207 473sEt video grab device (e.g. @file{/dev/video0}).
18bff752 474@item -vc channel
4c5f7207 475Set video grab channel (DV1394 only).
18bff752 476@item -tvstd standard
4c5f7207 477Set television standard (NTSC, PAL (SECAM)).
18bff752 478@item -dv1394
4c5f7207 479Set DV1394 grab.
18bff752 480@item -ad device
4c5f7207 481Set audio device (e.g. @file{/dev/dsp}).
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482@end table
483
484@section Advanced options
485
486@table @option
115329f1 487@item -map file:stream
4c5f7207 488Set input stream mapping.
18bff752 489@item -debug
4c5f7207 490Print specific debug info.
115329f1 491@item -benchmark
4c5f7207 492Add timings for benchmarking.
115329f1 493@item -hex
4c5f7207 494Dump each input packet.
18bff752 495@item -bitexact
4c5f7207 496Only use bit exact algorithms (for codec testing).
18bff752 497@item -ps size
4c5f7207 498Set packet size in bits.
5ee03c86 499@item -re
4c5f7207 500Read input at native frame rate. Mainly used to simulate a grab device.
5ee03c86 501@item -loop
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502Loop over the input stream. Currently it works only for image
503streams. This option is used for automatic FFserver testing.
8108551a 504@item -loop_output number_of_times
019c8838 505Repeatedly loop output for formats that support looping such as animated GIF
4c5f7207 506(0 will loop the output infinitely).
9181577c 507@end table
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508
509@node FFmpeg formula evaluator
510@section FFmpeg formula evaluator
511
512When evaluating a rate control string, FFmpeg uses an internal formula
115329f1 513evaluator.
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514
515The following binary operators are available: @code{+}, @code{-},
516@code{*}, @code{/}, @code{^}.
517
518The following unary operators are available: @code{+}, @code{-},
519@code{(...)}.
520
521The following functions are available:
522@table @var
523@item sinh(x)
524@item cosh(x)
525@item tanh(x)
526@item sin(x)
527@item cos(x)
528@item tan(x)
529@item exp(x)
530@item log(x)
531@item squish(x)
532@item gauss(x)
533@item abs(x)
534@item max(x, y)
535@item min(x, y)
536@item gt(x, y)
537@item lt(x, y)
538@item eq(x, y)
539@item bits2qp(bits)
540@item qp2bits(qp)
541@end table
542
543The following constants are available:
544@table @var
545@item PI
546@item E
547@item iTex
548@item pTex
549@item tex
550@item mv
551@item fCode
552@item iCount
553@item mcVar
554@item var
555@item isI
556@item isP
557@item isB
558@item avgQP
559@item qComp
560@item avgIITex
561@item avgPITex
562@item avgPPTex
563@item avgBPTex
564@item avgTex
565@end table
566
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567@c man end
568
569@ignore
570
571@setfilename ffmpeg
572@settitle FFmpeg video converter
573
574@c man begin SEEALSO
019c8838 575ffserver(1), ffplay(1) and the HTML documentation of @file{ffmpeg}.
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576@c man end
577
578@c man begin AUTHOR
579Fabrice Bellard
580@c man end
581
582@end ignore
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583
584@section Protocols
585
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586The filename can be @file{-} to read from standard input or to write
587to standard output.
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4c5f7207 589FFmpeg also handles many protocols specified with an URL syntax.
9181577c 590
4c5f7207 591Use 'ffmpeg -formats' to see a list of the supported protocols.
9181577c 592
e99c4e10 593The protocol @code{http:} is currently used only to communicate with
4c5f7207 594FFserver (see the FFserver documentation). When FFmpeg will be a
e99c4e10 595video player it will also be used for streaming :-)
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596
597@chapter Tips
598
599@itemize
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600@item For streaming at very low bitrate application, use a low frame rate
601and a small GOP size. This is especially true for RealVideo where
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602the Linux player does not seem to be very fast, so it can miss
603frames. An example is:
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605@example
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608
609@item The parameter 'q' which is displayed while encoding is the current
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611be achieved. The value 31 indicates the worst quality. If q=31 appears
e99c4e10 612too often, it means that the encoder cannot compress enough to meet
4c5f7207 613your bitrate. You must either increase the bitrate, decrease the
e99c4e10 614frame rate or decrease the frame size.
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616@item If your computer is not fast enough, you can speed up the
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618'-me zero' to speed up motion estimation, and '-intra' to disable
4c5f7207 619motion estimation completely (you have only I-frames, which means it
e99c4e10 620is about as good as JPEG compression).
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4c5f7207 622@item To have very low audio bitrates, reduce the sampling frequency
019c8838 623(down to 22050 kHz for MPEG audio, 22050 or 11025 for AC3).
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625@item To have a constant quality (but a variable bitrate), use the option
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627quality).
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629@item When converting video files, you can use the '-sameq' option which
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631It allows almost lossless encoding.
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633@end itemize
634
635@chapter Supported File Formats and Codecs
636
637You can use the @code{-formats} option to have an exhaustive list.
638
639@section File Formats
640
6bf40f39 641FFmpeg supports the following file formats through the @code{libavformat}
0699d2fe 642library:
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646@item MPEG audio @tab X @tab X
4c5f7207 647@item MPEG-1 systems @tab X @tab X
9181577c 648@tab muxed audio and video
4c5f7207 649@item MPEG-2 PS @tab X @tab X
9181577c 650@tab also known as @code{VOB} file
4c5f7207 651@item MPEG-2 TS @tab @tab X
9181577c 652@tab also known as DVB Transport Stream
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654@item AVI@tab X @tab X
655@item WAV@tab X @tab X
9181577c 656@item Macromedia Flash@tab X @tab X
4c5f7207 657@tab Only embedded audio is decoded.
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659@tab Macromedia Flash video files
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661@item Raw AC3 @tab X @tab X
662@item Raw MJPEG @tab X @tab X
663@item Raw MPEG video @tab X @tab X
664@item Raw PCM8/16 bits, mulaw/Alaw@tab X @tab X
665@item Raw CRI ADX audio @tab X @tab X
666@item Raw Shorten audio @tab @tab X
667@item SUN AU format @tab X @tab X
7fe4c823 668@item NUT @tab X @tab X @tab NUT Open Container Format
115329f1 669@item QuickTime @tab X @tab X
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671@tab MPEG-4 is a variant of QuickTime.
115329f1 672@item Raw MPEG4 video @tab X @tab X
4fa1c4fa 673@item DV @tab X @tab X
701b603d 674@item 4xm @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 675@tab 4X Technologies format, used in some games.
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677@item Id RoQ @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 678@tab Used in Quake III, Jedi Knight 2, other computer games.
4d3b1f8d 679@item Interplay MVE @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 680@tab Format used in various Interplay computer games.
b17e9c99 681@item WC3 Movie @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 682@tab Multimedia format used in Origin's Wing Commander III computer game.
2fdf638b 683@item Sega FILM/CPK @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 684@tab Used in many Sega Saturn console games.
2fdf638b 685@item Westwood Studios VQA/AUD @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 686@tab Multimedia formats used in Westwood Studios games.
4120a53a 687@item Id Cinematic (.cin) @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 688@tab Used in Quake II.
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690@tab .fli/.flc files
da00f30e 691@item Sierra VMD @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 692@tab Used in Sierra CD-ROM games.
d08d7142 693@item Sierra Online @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 694@tab .sol files used in Sierra Online games.
38088adf 695@item Matroska @tab @tab X
ad81a9fe 696@item Electronic Arts Multimedia @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 697@tab Used in various EA games; files have extensions like WVE and UV2.
353147ed 698@item Nullsoft Video (NSV) format @tab @tab X
4accd1fd 699@item ADTS AAC audio @tab X @tab X
ea395e8c 700@item Creative VOC @tab X @tab X @tab Created for the Sound Blaster Pro.
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702@tab Multimedia format used in games like Mad Dog McCree
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704@tab Multimedia format used by the Creature Shock game.
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706@tab Multimedia format used by many games.
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713
714FFmpeg can read and write images for each frame of a video sequence. The
715following image formats are supported:
716
3fc9e78f 717@multitable @columnfractions .4 .1 .1 .4
0699d2fe 718@item Supported Image Format @tab Encoding @tab Decoding @tab Comments
115329f1 719@item PGM, PPM @tab X @tab X
4c5f7207 720@item PAM @tab X @tab X @tab PAM is a PNM extension with alpha support.
2eb5d024 721@item PGMYUV @tab X @tab X @tab PGM with U and V components in YUV 4:2:0
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723@item .Y.U.V @tab X @tab X @tab one raw file per component
724@item animated GIF @tab X @tab X @tab Only uncompressed GIFs are generated.
725@item PNG @tab X @tab X @tab 2 bit and 4 bit/pixel not supported yet.
6a91ec51 726@item SGI @tab X @tab X @tab SGI RGB image format
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732
3fc9e78f 733@multitable @columnfractions .4 .1 .1 .4
9181577c 734@item Supported Codec @tab Encoding @tab Decoding @tab Comments
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736@item MPEG-2 video @tab X @tab X
737@item MPEG-4 @tab X @tab X @tab also known as DivX4/5
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739@item MSMPEG4 V2 @tab X @tab X
4c5f7207 740@item MSMPEG4 V3 @tab X @tab X @tab also known as DivX3
9181577c 741@item WMV7 @tab X @tab X
4c5f7207 742@item WMV8 @tab X @tab X @tab not completely working
b06b45c4 743@item H.261 @tab X @tab X
4c5f7207 744@item H.263(+) @tab X @tab X @tab also known as RealVideo 1.0
b06b45c4 745@item H.264 @tab @tab X
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747@item RealVideo 2.0 @tab X @tab X
115329f1 748@item MJPEG @tab X @tab X
4c5f7207 749@item lossless MJPEG @tab X @tab X
26d6d032 750@item JPEG-LS @tab X @tab X @tab fourcc: MJLS, lossless and near-lossless is supported
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752@item Sunplus MJPEG @tab @tab X @tab fourcc: SP5X
115329f1 753@item DV @tab X @tab X
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755@item FFmpeg Video 1 @tab X @tab X @tab experimental lossless codec (fourcc: FFV1)
756@item FFmpeg Snow @tab X @tab X @tab experimental wavelet codec (fourcc: SNOW)
701b603d 757@item Asus v1 @tab X @tab X @tab fourcc: ASV1
4d3b1f8d 758@item Asus v2 @tab X @tab X @tab fourcc: ASV2
701b603d 759@item Creative YUV @tab @tab X @tab fourcc: CYUV
d2bfadc0 760@item Sorenson Video 1 @tab X @tab X @tab fourcc: SVQ1
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762@item On2 VP3 @tab @tab X @tab still experimental
d6896c49 763@item Theora @tab @tab X @tab still experimental
cdb2c1ca 764@item Intel Indeo 3 @tab @tab X
9303d49c 765@item FLV @tab X @tab X @tab Sorenson H.263 used in Flash
0919e788 766@item Flash Screen Video @tab @tab X @tab fourcc: FSV1
4d3b1f8d 767@item ATI VCR1 @tab @tab X @tab fourcc: VCR1
7fe4c823 768@item ATI VCR2 @tab @tab X @tab fourcc: VCR2
4d3b1f8d 769@item Cirrus Logic AccuPak @tab @tab X @tab fourcc: CLJR
4c5f7207 770@item 4X Video @tab @tab X @tab Used in certain computer games.
115329f1 771@item Sony Playstation MDEC @tab @tab X
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773@item Xan/WC3 @tab @tab X @tab Used in Wing Commander III .MVE files.
774@item Interplay Video @tab @tab X @tab Used in Interplay .MVE files.
070ed1bc 775@item Apple Animation @tab @tab X @tab fourcc: 'rle '
42cad81a 776@item Apple Graphics @tab @tab X @tab fourcc: 'smc '
2fdf638b 777@item Apple Video @tab @tab X @tab fourcc: rpza
d08d7142 778@item Apple QuickDraw @tab @tab X @tab fourcc: qdrw
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780@item Microsoft RLE @tab @tab X
781@item Microsoft Video-1 @tab @tab X
4120a53a 782@item Westwood VQA @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 783@item Id Cinematic Video @tab @tab X @tab Used in Quake II.
1dc1ed99 784@item Planar RGB @tab @tab X @tab fourcc: 8BPS
42cad81a 785@item FLIC video @tab @tab X
9a4117d5 786@item Duck TrueMotion v1 @tab @tab X @tab fourcc: DUCK
dce76c20 787@item Duck TrueMotion v2 @tab @tab X @tab fourcc: TM20
4c5f7207 788@item VMD Video @tab @tab X @tab Used in Sierra VMD files.
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790@item ZLIB @tab X @tab X @tab Part of LCL, encoder experimental
9d53d58e 791@item TechSmith Camtasia @tab @tab X @tab fourcc: TSCC
d0a0bbd2 792@item IBM Ultimotion @tab @tab X @tab fourcc: ULTI
ab711b3c 793@item Miro VideoXL @tab @tab X @tab fourcc: VIXL
acfd8f0f 794@item QPEG @tab @tab X @tab fourccs: QPEG, Q1.0, Q1.1
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796@item Winnov WNV1 @tab @tab X @tab
589f8220 797@item Autodesk Animator Studio Codec @tab @tab X @tab fourcc: AASC
115329f1 798@item Fraps FPS1 @tab @tab X @tab
2b6c1d80 799@item CamStudio @tab @tab X @tab fourcc: CSCD
4e114829 800@item American Laser Games Video @tab @tab X @tab Used in games like Mad Dog McCree
9c8d8e84 801@item ZMBV @tab @tab X @tab
26376701 802@item AVS Video @tab @tab X @tab Video encoding used by the Creature Shock game.
348efc18 803@item Smacker Video @tab @tab X @tab Video encoding used in Smacker.
dfca23e3 804@item RTjpeg @tab @tab X @tab Video encoding used in NuppelVideo files.
fd7b1991 805@item KMVC @tab @tab X @tab Codec used in Worms games.
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4c5f7207 808@code{X} means that encoding (resp. decoding) is supported.
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70b0bb87 810See @url{http://mplayerhq.hu/~michael/codec-features.html} to
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812other implementations.
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815
816@multitable @columnfractions .4 .1 .1 .1 .7
817@item Supported Codec @tab Encoding @tab Decoding @tab Comments
115329f1 818@item MPEG audio layer 2 @tab IX @tab IX
9181577c 819@item MPEG audio layer 1/3 @tab IX @tab IX
4c5f7207 820@tab MP3 encoding is supported through the external library LAME.
37776c3b 821@item AC3 @tab IX @tab IX
4c5f7207 822@tab liba52 is used internally for decoding.
34d7008d 823@item Vorbis @tab X @tab X
4c5f7207 824@tab Supported through the external library libvorbis.
4745b5bf 825@item WMA V1/V2 @tab @tab X
f6fa7a6c 826@item AAC @tab X @tab X
4c5f7207 827@tab Supported through the external library libfaac/libfaad.
d4c3c5a6 828@item Microsoft ADPCM @tab X @tab X
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830@item QT IMA ADPCM @tab @tab X
831@item 4X IMA ADPCM @tab @tab X
d4e437df 832@item G.726 ADPCM @tab X @tab X
b17e9c99 833@item Duck DK3 IMA ADPCM @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 834@tab Used in some Sega Saturn console games.
b17e9c99 835@item Duck DK4 IMA ADPCM @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 836@tab Used in some Sega Saturn console games.
2fdf638b 837@item Westwood Studios IMA ADPCM @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 838@tab Used in Westwood Studios games like Command and Conquer.
7d8379f2 839@item SMJPEG IMA ADPCM @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 840@tab Used in certain Loki game ports.
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842@item CRI ADX ADPCM @tab X @tab X
4c5f7207 843@tab Used in Sega Dreamcast games.
7d8379f2 844@item Electronic Arts ADPCM @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 845@tab Used in various EA titles.
b3bfb299 846@item Creative ADPCM @tab @tab X
2433f24f 847@tab 16 -> 4, 8 -> 4, 8 -> 3, 8 -> 2
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849@tab Real 14400 bit/s codec
850@item RA288 @tab @tab X
851@tab Real 28800 bit/s codec
37776c3b 852@item RADnet @tab X @tab IX
4c5f7207 853@tab Real low bitrate AC3 codec, liba52 is used for decoding.
2eb5d024 854@item AMR-NB @tab X @tab X
4c5f7207 855@tab Supported through an external library.
d663a1fd 856@item AMR-WB @tab X @tab X
4c5f7207 857@tab Supported through an external library.
2eb5d024 858@item DV audio @tab @tab X
4d3b1f8d 859@item Id RoQ DPCM @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 860@tab Used in Quake III, Jedi Knight 2, other computer games.
4d3b1f8d 861@item Interplay MVE DPCM @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 862@tab Used in various Interplay computer games.
b17e9c99 863@item Xan DPCM @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 864@tab Used in Origin's Wing Commander IV AVI files.
d08d7142 865@item Sierra Online DPCM @tab @tab X
4c5f7207 866@tab Used in Sierra Online game audio files.
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868@item Apple MACE 6 @tab @tab X
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870@item Shorten lossless audio @tab @tab X
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872@tab QuickTime fourcc 'alac'
33a4d8b1 873@item FFmpeg Sonic @tab X @tab X
4c5f7207 874@tab experimental lossy/lossless codec
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876@tab there are still some distortions
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878@tab All versions except 5.1 are supported
e839a994 879@item DSP Group TrueSpeech @tab @tab X
3dc411c0 880@item True Audio (TTA) @tab @tab X
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887performance on systems without hardware floating point support).
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890
891@section Linux
892
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894preferred compiler now for FFmpeg. All future optimizations will depend on
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896
897@section BSD
898
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900(@file{gmake}).
901
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905
906@itemize
907@item Install the current versions of MSYS and MinGW from
908@url{http://www.mingw.org/}. You can find detailed installation
909instructions in the download section and the FAQ.
910
4c5f7207 911@item If you want to test the FFplay, also download
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913(@file{SDL-devel-1.2.x-mingw32.tar.gz}) from
4c5f7207 914@url{http://www.libsdl.org}. Unpack it in a temporary directory, and
50f52fcd 915unpack the archive @file{i386-mingw32msvc.tar.gz} in the MinGW tool
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917correct SDL directory when invoked.
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e926e391 919@item Extract the current version of FFmpeg.
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922
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924 the instructions of how to compile FFmpeg (file
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926suffices. If you have problems using SDL, verify that
927@file{sdl-config} can be launched from the MSYS command line.
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930@file{make install}. Don't forget to copy @file{SDL.dll} to the place
931you launch @file{ffplay} from.
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934
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939Nullsoft based Windows installer for FFmpeg and FFplay. @file{SDL.dll}
4c5f7207 940must be copied to the FFmpeg directory in order to build the
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942
4c5f7207 943@item By using @code{./configure --enable-shared} when configuring FFmpeg,
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945@code{make install} you install the FFmpeg DLLs and the associated
115329f1 946headers in @file{Program Files/FFmpeg}.
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949when configuring FFmpeg, FFmpeg tries to use the Microsoft Visual
988a9f9e 950C++ @code{lib} tool to build @code{avcodec.lib} and
4c5f7207 951@code{avformat.lib}. With these libraries you can link your Visual C++
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957
958FFmpeg will not compile under Visual C++ -- and it has too many
959dependencies on the GCC compiler to make a port viable. However,
960if you want to use the FFmpeg libraries in your own applications,
961you can still compile those applications using Visual C++. An
962important restriction to this is that you have to use the
963dynamically linked versions of the FFmpeg libraries (i.e. the
964DLLs), and you have to make sure that Visual-C++-compatible
965import libraries are created during the FFmpeg build process.
966
967This description of how to use the FFmpeg libraries with Visual C++ is
968based on Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition Beta 2. If you have a different
969version, you might have to modify the procedures slightly.
970
971Here are the step-by-step instructions for building the FFmpeg libraries
972so they can be used with Visual C++:
973
974@enumerate
975
976@item Install Visual C++ (if you haven't done so already).
977
978@item Install MinGW and MSYS as described above.
979
980@item Add a call to @file{vcvars32.bat} (which sets up the environment
981variables for the Visual C++ tools) as the first line of
982@file{msys.bat}. The standard location for @file{vcvars32.bat} is
983@file{C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\VC\bin\vcvars32.bat},
984and the standard location for @file{msys.bat} is
985@file{C:\msys\1.0\msys.bat}. If this corresponds to your setup, add the
986following line as the first line of @file{msys.bat}:
987
988@code{call "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\VC\bin\vcvars32.bat"}
989
990@item Start the MSYS shell (file @file{msys.bat}) and type @code{link.exe}.
991If you get a help message with the command line options of @code{link.exe},
992this means your environment variables are set up correctly, the
993Microsoft linker is on the path and will be used by FFmpeg to
994create Visual-C++-compatible import libraries.
995
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998@item Type the command
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1000to configure and, if that didn't produce any errors,
1001type @code{make} to build FFmpeg.
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1003@item The subdirectories @file{libavformat}, @file{libavcodec}, and
1004@file{libavutil} should now contain the files @file{avformat.dll},
1005@file{avformat.lib}, @file{avcodec.dll}, @file{avcodec.lib},
1006@file{avutil.dll}, and @file{avutil.lib}, respectively. Copy the three
1007DLLs to your System32 directory (typically @file{C:\Windows\System32}).
1008
1009@end enumerate
1010
1011And here is how to use these libraries with Visual C++:
1012
1013@enumerate
1014
1015@item Create a new console application ("File / New / Project") and then
1016select "Win32 Console Application". On the appropriate page of the
1017Application Wizard, uncheck the "Precompiled headers" option.
1018
1019@item Write the source code for your application, or, for testing, just
1020copy the code from an existing sample application into the source file
1021that Visual C++ has already created for you. (Note that your source
1022filehas to have a @code{.cpp} extension; otherwise, Visual C++ won't
1023compile the FFmpeg headers correctly because in C mode, it doesn't
1024recognize the @code{inline} keyword.) For example, you can copy
1025@file{output_example.c} from the FFmpeg distribution (but you will
1026have to make minor modifications so the code will compile under
1027C++, see below).
1028
1029@item Open the "Project / Properties" dialog box. In the "Configuration"
1030combo box, select "All Configurations" so that the changes you make will
1031affect both debug and release builds. In the tree view on the left hand
1032side, select "C/C++ / General", then edit the "Additional Include
1033Directories" setting to contain the complete paths to the
1034@file{libavformat}, @file{libavcodec}, and @file{libavutil}
1035subdirectories of your FFmpeg directory. Note that the directories have
1036to be separated using semicolons. Now select "Linker / General" from the
1037tree view and edit the "Additional Library Directories" setting to
1038contain the same three directories.
1039
1040@item Still in the "Project / Properties" dialog box, select "Linker / Input"
1041from the tree view, then add the files @file{avformat.lib},
1042@file{avcodec.lib}, and @file{avutil.lib} to the end of the "Additional
1043Dependencies". Note that the names of the libraries have to be separated
1044using spaces.
1045
765c3440 1046@item Now, select "C/C++ / Code Generation" from the tree view. Select
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1048Library" is set to "Multi-threaded Debug DLL". Then, select "Release" in
1049the "Configuration" combo box and make sure that "Runtime Library" is
1050set to "Multi-threaded DLL".
1051
1052@item Click "OK" to close the "Project / Properties" dialog box and build
1053the application. Hopefully, it should compile and run cleanly. If you
1054used @file{output_example.c} as your sample application, you will get a
1055few compiler errors, but they are easy to fix. The first type of error
1056occurs because Visual C++ doesn't allow an @code{int} to be converted to
1057an @code{enum} without a cast. To solve the problem, insert the required
1058casts (this error occurs once for a @code{CodecID} and once for a
1059@code{CodecType}). The second type of error occurs because C++ requires
1060the return value of @code{malloc} to be cast to the exact type of the
1061pointer it is being assigned to. Visual C++ will complain that, for
1062example, @code{(void *)} is being assigned to @code{(uint8_t *)} without
1063an explicit cast. So insert an explicit cast in these places to silence
1064the compiler. The third type of error occurs because the @code{snprintf}
1065library function is called @code{_snprintf} under Visual C++. So just
1066add an underscore to fix the problem. With these changes,
1067@file{output_example.c} should compile under Visual C++, and the
1068resulting executable should produce valid video files.
1069
1070@end enumerate
1071
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1073
1074You must use the MinGW cross compilation tools available at
1075@url{http://www.mingw.org/}.
1076
4c5f7207 1077Then configure FFmpeg with the following options:
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1079./configure --enable-mingw32 --cross-prefix=i386-mingw32msvc-
1080@end example
019c8838 1081(you can change the cross-prefix according to the prefix chosen for the
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1083
4c5f7207 1084Then you can easily test FFmpeg with Wine
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1086
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1088
1089Cygwin works very much like Unix.
1090
1091Just install your Cygwin with all the "Base" packages, plus the
1092following "Devel" ones:
1093@example
1094binutils, gcc-core, make, subversion
1095@end example
1096
1097Do not install binutils-20060709-1 (they are buggy on shared builds);
1098use binutils-20050610-1 instead.
1099
1100Then run
1101
1102@example
1103./configure --enable-static --disable-shared
1104@end example
1105
1106to make a static build or
1107
1108@example
1109./configure --enable-shared --disable-static
1110@end example
1111
1112to build shared libraries.
1113
1114If you want to build FFmpeg with additional libraries, download Cygwin
1115"Devel" packages for Ogg and Vorbis from any Cygwin packages repository
1116and/or SDL, xvid, faac, faad2 packages from Cygwin Ports,
1117(@url{http://cygwinports.dotsrc.org/}).
1118
1119@subsection Crosscompilation for Windows under Cygwin
1120
1121With Cygwin you can create Windows binaries that don't need the cygwin1.dll.
1122
1123Just install your Cygwin as explained before, plus these additional
1124"Devel" packages:
1125@example
1126gcc-mingw-core, mingw-runtime, mingw-zlib
1127@end example
1128
1129and add some special flags to your configure invocation.
1130
1131For a static build run
1132@example
1133./configure --enable-mingw32 --enable-memalign-hack --enable-static --disable-shared --extra-cflags=-mno-cygwin --extra-libs=-mno-cygwin
1134@end example
1135
1136and for a build with shared libraries
1137@example
1138./configure --enable-mingw32 --enable-memalign-hack --enable-shared --disable-static --extra-cflags=-mno-cygwin --extra-libs=-mno-cygwin
1139@end example
1140
019c8838 1141@section Mac OS X
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1143@section BeOS
1144
1145The configure script should guess the configuration itself.
1146Networking support is currently not finished.
1147errno issues fixed by Andrew Bachmann.
1148
1149Old stuff:
1150
7dd611c9 1151François Revol - revol at free dot fr - April 2002
47d944d2 1152
115329f1 1153The configure script should guess the configuration itself,
4c5f7207 1154however I still didn't test building on the net_server version of BeOS.
47d944d2 1155
4c5f7207 1156FFserver is broken (needs poll() implementation).
47d944d2 1157
4c5f7207 1158There are still issues with errno codes, which are negative in BeOS, and
115329f1 1159that FFmpeg negates when returning. This ends up turning errors into
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1161(To be fixed)
1162
34d7008d 1163@chapter Developers Guide
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1165@section API
a0b72f90 1166@itemize @bullet
9181577c 1167@item libavcodec is the library containing the codecs (both encoding and
4c5f7207 1168decoding). Look at @file{libavcodec/apiexample.c} to see how to use it.
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1171demux code for several formats). Look at @file{ffplay.c} to use it in a
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1173streams.
1174
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1176
1177@section Integrating libavcodec or libavformat in your program
1178
1179You can integrate all the source code of the libraries to link them
1180statically to avoid any version problem. All you need is to provide a
1181'config.mak' and a 'config.h' in the parent directory. See the defines
1182generated by ./configure to understand what is needed.
1183
1184You can use libavcodec or libavformat in your commercial program, but
1185@emph{any patch you make must be published}. The best way to proceed is
4c5f7207 1186to send your patches to the FFmpeg mailing list.
9181577c 1187
80d1c272 1188@node Coding Rules
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1189@section Coding Rules
1190
4c5f7207 1191FFmpeg is programmed in the ISO C90 language with a few additional
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1193@itemize @bullet
1194@item
1195the @samp{inline} keyword;
1196@item
1197@samp{//} comments;
1198@item
1199designated struct initializers (@samp{struct s x = @{ .i = 17 @};})
1200@item
114afa9c 1201compound literals (@samp{x = (struct s) @{ 17, 23 @};})
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1203
1204These features are supported by all compilers we care about, so we won't
1205accept patches to remove their use unless they absolutely don't impair
1206clarity and performance.
1207
4c5f7207 1208All code must compile with GCC 2.95 and GCC 3.3. Currently, FFmpeg also
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1210or Sun Studio 9, and we would like to keep it that way unless it would
1211be exceedingly involved. To ensure compatibility, please don't use any
4c5f7207 1212additional C99 features or GCC extensions. Especially watch out for:
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1213@itemize @bullet
1214@item
1215mixing statements and declarations;
1216@item
1217@samp{long long} (use @samp{int64_t} instead);
1218@item
1219@samp{__attribute__} not protected by @samp{#ifdef __GNUC__} or similar;
1220@item
019c8838 1221GCC statement expressions (@samp{(x = (@{ int y = 4; y; @})}).
cb6e87c1 1222@end itemize
9181577c 1223
53862e0f 1224Indent size is 4.
b86e38a0 1225The presentation is the one specified by 'indent -i4 -kr -nut'.
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1227form of trailing whitespace. Commits containing either will be
1c1b5a40 1228rejected by the Subversion repository.
9181577c 1229
4c5f7207 1230Main priority in FFmpeg is simplicity and small code size (=less
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1232
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1234format (see examples below) so that code documentation
1235can be generated automatically. All nontrivial functions should have a comment
1236above them explaining what the function does, even if it's just one sentence.
1237All structures and their member variables should be documented, too.
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1239/**
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1241 * MPEG codec.
1242 * @@author ...
1243 */
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1245/**
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1247 * more text ...
1248 * ...
1249 */
114afa9c 1250typedef struct Foobar@{
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1252 int var2; ///< var2 description
1253 /** var3 description */
1254 int var3;
114afa9c 1255@} Foobar;
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1257/**
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1259 * more text ...
1260 * ...
1261 * @@param my_parameter description of my_parameter
1262 * @@return return value description
1263 */
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1265...
1266@end example
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115329f1 1268fprintf and printf are forbidden in libavformat and libavcodec,
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1270
1c1b5a40 1271@section Development Policy
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1273@enumerate
115329f1 1274@item
7a57b90c 1275 You must not commit code which breaks FFmpeg! (Meaning unfinished but
4c5f7207 1276 enabled code which breaks compilation or compiles but does not work or
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1278 You can commit unfinished stuff (for testing etc), but it must be disabled
1279 (#ifdef etc) by default so it does not interfere with other developers'
1280 work.
115329f1 1281@item
7a57b90c 1282 You don't have to over-test things. If it works for you, and you think it
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1284 (portability, triggers compiler bugs, unusual environment etc) they will be
7a57b90c 1285 reported and eventually fixed.
115329f1 1286@item
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1288 pieces.
1289@item
1290 Do not change behavior of the program (renaming options etc) without
019c8838 1291 first discussing it on the ffmpeg-devel mailing list. Do not remove
7a57b90c 1292 functionality from the code. Just improve!
115329f1 1293
4c5f7207 1294 Note: Redundant code can be removed.
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1296 Do not commit changes to the build system (Makefiles, configure script)
019c8838 1297 which change behavior, defaults etc, without asking first. The same
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1299 maintained by other developers. We usually have a reason for doing things
019c8838 1300 the way we do. Send your changes as patches to the ffmpeg-devel mailing
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1301 list, and if the code maintainers say OK, you may commit. This does not
1302 apply to files you wrote and/or maintain.
1303@item
1304 We refuse source indentation and other cosmetic changes if they are mixed
1305 with functional changes, such commits will be rejected and removed. Every
1306 developer has his own indentation style, you should not change it. Of course
1307 if you (re)write something, you can use your own style, even though we would
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1309 force a given indentation style - we don't.). If you really need to make
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1311 changes.
1312
114afa9c 1313 NOTE: If you had to put if()@{ .. @} over a large (> 5 lines) chunk of code,
115329f1 1314 then either do NOT change the indentation of the inner part within (don't
019c8838 1315 move it to the right)! or do so in a separate commit
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1316@item
1317 Always fill out the commit log message. Describe in a few lines what you
1318 changed and why. You can refer to mailing list postings if you fix a
1319 particular bug. Comments such as "fixed!" or "Changed it." are unacceptable.
1320@item
1321 If you apply a patch by someone else, include the name and email address in
1c1b5a40 1322 the log message. Since the ffmpeg-cvslog mailing list is publicly
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1324 answer to ffmpeg-devel (or wherever you got the patch from) saying that
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1326@item
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1328 Send a patch to ffmpeg-devel instead. If noone answers within a reasonable
1329 timeframe (12h for build failures and security fixes, 3 days small changes,
1330 1 week for big patches) then commit your patch if you think it's OK.
1331 Also note, the maintainer can simply ask for more time to review!
7a57b90c 1332@item
1c1b5a40 1333 Subscribe to the ffmpeg-cvslog mailing list. The diffs of all commits
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1335 improvements or general questions regarding commits are discussed there. We
1336 expect you to react if problems with your code are uncovered.
1337@item
1338 Update the documentation if you change behavior or add features. If you are
019c8838 1339 unsure how best to do this, send a patch to ffmpeg-devel, the documentation
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1341@item
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1343 always check values read from some untrusted source before using them
1344 as array index or other risky things.
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1346 Remember to check if you need to bump versions for the specific libav
f0efbde7 1347 parts (libavutil, libavcodec, libavformat) you are changing. You need
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1349 Incrementing the first component means no backward compatibility to
f0efbde7 1350 previous versions (e.g. removal of a function).
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1352 (e.g. addition of a function).
1353 Incrementing the third component means a noteworthy binary compatible
1354 change (e.g. encoder bug fix that matters for the decoder).
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1357 the supported codecs table in the documentation and bump the second
1358 component of the @file{libavcodec} version number appropriately. If
1359 it has a fourcc, add it to @file{libavformat/avienc.c}, even if it
1360 is only a decoder.
114afa9c 1361@end enumerate
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1363We think our rules are not too hard. If you have comments, contact us.
1364
1365Note, these rules are mostly borrowed from the MPlayer project.
1366
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1368
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1370
6a6810b1 1371When you submit your patch, try to send a unified diff (diff '-up'
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1373
6e5c1877 1374Also please do not submit patches which contain several unrelated changes.
115329f1 1375Split them into individual self-contained patches; this makes reviewing
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1377
9181577c 1378Run the regression tests before submitting a patch so that you can
6bf40f39 1379verify that there are no big problems.
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9181577c 1381Patches should be posted as base64 encoded attachments (or any other
4c5f7207 1382encoding which ensures that the patch won't be trashed during
115329f1 1383transmission) to the ffmpeg-devel mailing list, see
2b165e29 1384@url{http://lists.mplayerhq.hu/mailman/listinfo/ffmpeg-devel}
9181577c 1385
54fcf429 1386It also helps quite a bit if you tell us what the patch does (for example
4c5f7207 1387'replaces lrint by lrintf'), and why (for example '*BSD isn't C99 compliant
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1389
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1391explanation why, but sometimes we are quite busy so it can take a week or two.
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1394
1c1b5a40 1395Before submitting a patch (or committing to the repository), you should at least
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1397
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1399audio stream. These are then encoded and decoded with all codecs or
9181577c 1400formats. The CRC (or MD5) of each generated file is recorded in a
4c5f7207 1401result file. A 'diff' is launched to compare the reference results and
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1403
4c5f7207 1404The regression tests then go on to test the FFserver code with a
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1406as well.
1407
36d9b4e8 1408Run 'make test' to test all the codecs and formats.
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4c5f7207 1410Run 'make fulltest' to test all the codecs, formats and FFserver.
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1413this case, the reference results of the regression tests shall be modified
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1415
1416@bye