[MPlayer-DOCS] wrong names for encoders in man page

mail at kraymer.de mail at kraymer.de
Mon Feb 12 18:33:50 CET 2007

> mail at kraymer.de wrote:
>> Hello folks,
>> recently someone posted to mplayer-users:
>>> Using -ovc x264enc as man page says does not work. -ovc x264 is
>>> correct.
>> .. and I think he's correct. Same goes for xvid. -oac lame doesn't
>> work for me either, it's mp3lame.
> And this is specified in the man page. Where does it say that 'lame' is
> a valid value for -oac?

D'uh, you're right.. Not the first time I confused that :S

>> This of course makes the following statement wrong:
>>> You can specify codec specific encoding parameters using the
>>> following syntax:
>> .
>>>.B \-<codec>opts <option1[=value],option2,...>
>> .. because you'll have to use -ovc x264 and -x264*enc*opts
> Yes, you will. I don't see any way in which the existing documentation
> disagrees with this; the only place it mentions 'x264enc' is as a
> possible value for <codec> *in the string '-<codec>opts'*, not as a
> possible value for '-ovc <codec>'.
> The only possible problem I see is that the valid values for '-ovc
> <codec>' are not mentioned in the man page, which is intentional
> because not all of them are necessarily available in any given build;
> the man page does say to see '-ovc help' for a list.

Yes, I think that's the reason for confusion. That's why I confused it and
why once in a while some confused user writes to the mailing list or asks
on IRC..Maybe an extra line that says that the codec names don't necessarily match
the -ovc parameter could clear that up. Chaning the encoder names would be
best for some users but on the other hand it could lead to breakage of
external tools and we probably don't want that (or at least not during
release candidate phase).
I reverted my local changes. :)


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