[Ffmpeg-devel] Compilation for Windows under Cygwin

Steve Willis steve
Thu Aug 4 22:10:40 CEST 2005

Hi Vincent,

I'd like to try to diffuse what seems to be turning into a tense topic 
on the list. I'm not an FFMPEG developer...just a programmer who needed 
to compile it under Windows like yourself.

First, you really should heed the advice on the FFMPEG Web site. Of the 
open-source projects I have used or contributed to, FFMPEG is definitely 
unique in that it has an incredibly active developer community, and 
incredibly stable CVS snapshots. Typically, I would be nervous about 
using anything from CVS...releases are usually "stable" and CVS 
"unstable". The opposite is true here, and you just have to accept it. I 
would personally like to see FFMPEG developers remove the release builds 
altogether, but I know that there are some compelling reasons to have 
some milestone releases.

I followed the instructions for building FFMPEG on Windows on the FFMPEG 
FAQ. It went very well. Cygwin might work, but why not use a tool that 
is known to work? The install process was painless, and it only took me 
a couple of hours to go from download to a "Hello World" program. And 
that is saying a lot, because I am not a C programmer (Java is my first 

I just wanted to put in my two cents, because I had the same confusion 
concerning the 0.4.8 release. You can bet that the CVS code has been 
much improved. Just watch the mailing list for a week to see how much 
active improvement goes into it!

Best regards,


Vincent Honnet wrote:
> I'm sorry M. Niedermayer, but I download a version of tool and if this 
> version it is writen that it should compile, I don't why I should use 
> the version of CVS ! I understand that it could not work with the "pre" 
> version but not with the 0.4.8 ! Moreover, the purpose was not really 
> the fact that it does not compile but that it does not compile under 
> Cygwin with MinGW wit hthe goal of using VS .Net.
> If you don't want to help people that are as clever as you, then please 
> do not answer !
> Vincent
> Michael Niedermayer a ?crit :
>> Hi
>> On Thursday 04 August 2005 16:21, Vincent Honnet wrote:
>> [...]
>>> I need help. I tried nearly everything: with the ffmpeg-0.4.8 t and with
>>> the 0.9-pre1.
>> use cvs, if you dont, fine too but then dont complain
>> [...]
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