[Ffmpeg-devel] Re: FFMPEG on Windows

Michel Bardiaux mbardiaux
Wed Aug 31 11:52:16 CEST 2005

Martin Boehme wrote:
> Marcus Engene wrote:
>> Martin Boehme wrote:
>>> Compiling FFmpeg itself under MSVC would be a huge porting fest, and 
>>> unless you wanted to take a big performance _hit_, you'd have to 
>>> convert large chunks of inline assembler from AT&T syntax to Intel 
>>> syntax...
>>> Martin
>> Couldn't the asm things be wrapped in macros? How do other multi 
>> platform projects deal with this?
>> I agree that MS isn't really run by mother Theresa, but Visual Studio 
>> beats the hell out of any other ide I've worked with. And yes, I tried 
>> the marvels of programming with emacs/gcc and I didn't like it. gdb or 
>> ddd are beaten by the VS debugger hands down, imho. Most incompatible 
>> (C99?) examples I've seen VS fail with on this list are irrelevant 
>> cosmetics (apart from lack of inttypes.h), as far as I could tell. 
>> imho again ;-)
> Oh good, let's start a gcc vs. MSVC flamefest. ;-)
> I agree with you, the VS debugger _is_ great *ducks*. And it's my 
> impression that MSVC *ducks even lower* still tends to generate better 
> code than gcc. (Disclaimer: In my day-to-day work, I use vim and gcc.) 
> Having said that, FFmpeg _is_ firmly rooted in Linux; regarding the 
> question of making it portable between compilers, well... at the very 
> least it would be a huge PITA.
> Martin
Looking at the last 3 months of the list, seems to me GCC is far from 

For me the *big* problem is that the debug info generated by GCC is not 
compatible with MSVC. So, debugging an MSVC app that uses lavc is 
extremely difficult.

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