[Ffmpeg-devel] RE: Welcome to the "ffmpeg-devel" mailing list (Digest mode)

starman jones optiman2k01
Fri Feb 3 22:42:39 CET 2006

I am working on a tivo transcoder project called
tivoserver.  We are using
ffmpeg libraries to give us mpeg and VOB durations,
necessary to reserve
tivo diskspace in advance of the transcode.  However,
ffmpeg often returns
faulty mpg/VOB file durations.  Yet mplayer and VLC
seem to be able to
extract the correct durations of the same files.  I
have tried old ffmpeg's,
as well as compiled the most recent CVS, and "ffmpeg
-I filename" gives me
wrong duration (ex: 4minutes for a 15 minute VOB). 
experimenting with zoomplayer, when I force the avi
splitter to use PTS as
the seek method, I get the same short duration, but
forcing it to use
bitrate for seek results in the player showing the
correct 15' duration.

Does anyone know why certain ffmpeg front-ends yield
correct duration while
invoking pure ffmpeg yields often wrong durations?  Is
it possible to change
the code easily, or use a different switch, to change
duration algorithm or

I am a lightweight in C coding, but can make my way
around simple coding
changes and re-compiles.  Other tivoserver team
members can jump deeper if I
can get some pointers.

Thanks in advance!

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