[FFmpeg-devel] for ffmpeg org

Don Moir donmoir at comcast.net
Wed Feb 8 21:37:42 CET 2012

> FFmpeg can already be compiled with the Intel C compiler.

Not quite in dev studio but pretty close. The last I tired was a couple 
months ago.

> What you're asking is to port the entire FFmpeg project to another 
> language
> (or at least another standard of the same language).  That's quite an
> undertaking that would have many side effects.  If FFmpeg was ported to
> C89, then C99 features could not be used (which would be a huge negative).
> If FFmpeg was ported to C++... well that'd be like starting from scratch,
> when the current solution works just fine.

ffmpeg works just fine with C++ and no need to port. Just need to be able to 
compile using Intel compiler in dev studio. My video code is in a C++ class 
that calls into ffmpeg.

> While I don't speak for the FFmpeg project, I personally think much better
> justification for porting the entire project is necessary.  Using Visual
> Studio just isn't a big enough plus to justify all the work and changes
> that would be necessary.  You are more than welcome to attempt this if you
> wish, but I seriously think you'll have a hard time convincing the
> community to join in your efforts without a large list of crucial 
> benefits.

Since the changes amount to some busy work, it's not a big effort. There are 
some things that might require a bit more work but not a lot.

The justification for doing the mods to get ffmpeg to compile in dev studio 
using Intel compiler is this: Windows accounts for at least 70 percent of 
end user machines and that market is huge. Most C/C++ apps use dev studio 
for windows development. Borland may play a role with their tools. Not sure. 
Commerical quality apps need to be tested more completely.

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