[Ffmpeg-devel] [PATCH] remove drop timecode flag

Rich Felker dalias
Sun Apr 15 19:53:48 CEST 2007

On Sun, Apr 15, 2007 at 07:49:03PM +0200, Baptiste Coudurier wrote:
> Rich Felker wrote:
> > On Sun, Apr 15, 2007 at 06:05:21PM +0200, Baptiste Coudurier wrote:
> >>> either way theres no reason why ffmpeg should behave like that so the
> >>> consequences claimed by the text dont apply ...
> >> Why removing the POSSIBILITY to behave like that if the user wants to?
> >> That justifies a fork.
> > 
> > There are all kinds of idiotic things that stupid users might want to
> > do, making slightly or even seriously nonsensical files just because
> > some crappy legacy implementation writes files that way. Should we
> > include support for every possible nonsensical thing? There are
> > probably also encoders which generate P frames but with all the
> > macroblocks being I blocks; should ffmpeg have a "feature" to do
> > something stupid like that too? Of course not!
> Drop frame timecode system is useful. I use it, NTSC Broadcasters use
> it.

That does not make it useful. If there's another tool that can do the
same thing, then it's redundant. And since it's ugly and hackish, it's
worse than useless then.

> > then ffmpeg should only generate the
> > correct way and not support generating the incorrect one. Of course it
> > should be able to handle files from foreign sources that were
> > generated in the incorrect way, but it doesn't have to make more bad
> > files!
> Those files are correct.

Only in some perverse sense.


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