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Re: Heads up: ffmpeg transition (SONAME Change!)

removing debian-release, as this discussion is not relevant for the
next debian release.

"Steinar H. Gunderson" <sgunderson@bigfoot.com> writes:

> On a related note, what are the plans for ffmpeg encoding? As it is, the
> current lenny package seems to have stripped away most everything, leaving
> the transcoding support of VLC (among others) near-useless (try using MPEG-1
> to stream low-bitrate video...).

I just added a note about that to README.Debian:


Quoting from that:

Disabled MPEG encoders

On Debconf 7, the ffmpeg maintainers had a conversation with James Troup
from the ftpteam about mpeg encoders in the ffmpeg package. The ftpteam
was pretty surprised about the accepted encoders, and admitted that they
were accepted by accident. We therefore had no choice but removing
them. We agreed on a plan that rather disables than removes the
encoders, for details see debian/strip.sh, rendering those encoders

In order to make this fact visible, the source package was renamed from
ffmpeg to ffmpeg-free. The plan is to provide a source package called
'ffmpeg' (without the -free) suffix, which builds drop-in replacement
binary package with the mpeg encoders enabled. Ideally, we would be
allowed to include those mpeg encoders enabled in non-free, but we
haven't heared back from the ftpteam about that idea.

 -- Reinhard Tartler <siretart@tauware.de>, Sun, 20 Apr 2008 08:43:23 +0200

Help on that is desperately needed. Either by working on
creating/packaging/testing/distributing unstripped ffmpeg binary
packages or by asking the ftpteam to make an official statement if such
a package would be accepted in debian/non-free.

I was told that there was an ftpteam internal discussion about that, and
even a vote about exactly this topic, but I was not told the result of
that vote.

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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