[FFmpeg-devel] Sponsoring and generating money in general (IRC meeting follow-up)

Reimar Döffinger Reimar.Doeffinger at gmx.de
Tue Jan 14 21:29:57 CET 2014

On 12.01.2014, at 21:45, "Peter B." <pb at das-werkstatt.com> wrote:
> On 01/12/2014 08:49 PM, Andrey Utkin wrote:
>> Regarding spending ffmpeg foundation money. We can spend them for
>> advertising, to bring some shine to ffmpeg product name and to ensure
>> people that it is the most robust software in its category. This would
>> also result in other companies to proudly declare that they use
>> ffmpeg. 
> This reminds me that I think it might be a good thing to have some way
> for companies to declare that they are using (and hopefully also
> supporting) ffmpeg.
> I found (and still find) it very hard to talk to "professionals" in the
> video domain about using and funding ffmpeg, without having official
> references of ffmpeg's use to refer them to. I know a few entities in
> the broadcasting/archiving business now who said that they're using (or
> even contributing code/money to) ffmpeg, but there's nothing to
> officially point to.

I think some just don't really want to make it public, and it's a bit questionable for us to put them on some web page IMHO....
I know it isn't the same thing, but in some cases telling people to look out for files called e.g. avutil.dll on their computer can be interesting.
Sometimes I myself end up scratching my head and wonder "what do _they_ use ffmpeg for?!" (not the best example maybe, but Steam includes ffmpeg libraries...).
Other funny facts: the computer games museum in Berlin seems to use MPlayer and thus FFmpeg.
My windows installation has 5 copies of FFmpeg dlls. This of course does not include any of my own programs. Even stranger, one has a ffmpeg.exe (statically linked) and avutil dll but no avcodec or avformat. Didn't know we really had stand-alone users of avutil...

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