[MPlayer-users] Can mencoder write partial files while encoding?

Erik Slagter erik at oldconomy.com
Thu Aug 28 17:28:08 CEST 2003

> Instead, it would be very much smarter when mencoder could get passed a
> maximum filesize, and whenever this is reached, it will start a new file on
> the fly, with an increasing numbering on the end.
> -> This question was not answered until now, but would be the only
>    _intelligent_ solution at all. All other solutions are complicated,
>    need a lot of work and disk space, and do not make life really easier.

For that you'd have to use transcode with v4l import. BUT transcode
(like ffmpeg, btw) doesn't keep track of a/v as well as mencoder. If the
input process misses a frame (which may happen easily under moderate
load) no frames are duplicated or anything like that, so you'll end up
with an out-of-sync movie. First minute is ok, then it starts showing.

I have no solution for this, maybe I'll have a look at the v4l import
module and try to fix it. Don't hold your breath though.

OTOH IMHO transcode is actually being worked at, at the moment, contrary
to mencoder :-(

Sorry for being OT.

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