[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] avformat/opensrt: add Haivision Open SRT protocol

Nicolas George george at nsup.org
Thu Mar 22 17:02:41 EET 2018

Sven Dueking (2018-03-16):
> Ping !?!?

I think I am actually expected to reply.

I think that by reviewing the patch I gave the impression that I was
promising to accept the patch in FFmpeg. It was not so, and I apologize
if it was taken that way. The original patch contained significant
changes in the standard network code that made it much more complex, I
wanted to avoid that, that is the reason I reviewed, it was purely
technical. The decision to accept a patch in FFmpeg is not purely
technical, it also involves balancing the cost of maintenance with the
benefit for users.

In this instance, the recent discussion on libav-dev seems to indicate
that the API and ABI of this library could be not very stable, making
the cost of maintenance relatively high, a fact that is worsened by the
library not being integrated in major Linux distros. As for the benefit
for users, are there public servers serving interesting content
accessible with this protocol? Are there situations where this protocol
would allow several instances of ffmpeg to communicate significantly
better than other protocols? I am not aware of any.

That, plus the poor choice of name (seriously, who dabs in multimedia
and does not know that SRT has been a subtitle format for more than
fifteen years? and there is the SRTP profile too) makes me doubtful
about integrating this in FFmpeg.

But it is not my choice only.


  Nicolas George
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