[FFmpeg-user] Compiling FFMPEG with ffplay support

Lucien Pullen drurowin at gmail.com
Tue Apr 5 05:43:05 CEST 2011

Also sprach Stas Oskin at 3/29/11 7:10 AM:
> Hi.
> ffplay needs SDL. Many FFmpeg --enable-* options are silently self-disabled
>> if 3rd-party library not available.
>> So probably something happens with your SDL installation...
>> -----------------------------------------------
> Is there a way to see what was disabled and why?
You can check config.log to see what was disabled. If you are getting no
ffplay, then check the line ``USE_SDL='' to see if that has anything.

To make sure SDL gets enabled, you'll want to set the environment
variable ``USE_SDL'' to ``/path/to/sdl-config''. Passing the output of
that to configure is a nightmare you don't want.

I had the entire build process (from git pull to install) in a script
and noticed that ffplay hadn't been updated in a month, and that fixed it.

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