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Re: [FFmpeg-devel] Reintroducing FFmpeg to Debian

On Sun, Aug 10, 2014 at 12:01 AM, Matthias Urlichs <matthias@urlichs.de> wrote:
Jean-Yves Avenard:
> Including rename of constants (code enums id for example).

Another nail in libav's coffin, then.

IMHO it's reasonable to expect core APIs to be upwards-compatible and keep
deprecated interfaces around for another release or two.

High quality libraries must iterate on their API. Especially for a library trying to solve such a complex problem as audio and video encoding and decoding for every codec and format. It is unreasonable to expect no incompatible changes. Also both ffmpeg and libav codebases have a lot of legacy cruft. Libav is making a more concentrated effort at improving this, and the evolving API is a side-effect of that.

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