[FFmpeg-user] Getting MPEG2 video stream bitrate

Carl Eugen Hoyos cehoyos at ag.or.at
Mon Apr 28 10:09:45 CEST 2014

Tobias Rapp <t.rapp <at> noa-audio.com> writes:

> Carl Eugen Hoyos wrote:
> > The stream does not save a (constant or average) 
> > bitrate, only the maximum bitrate is stored.
> Yes but the stream has a de-facto bitrate defined by 
> the size of each frame.

But this is not how the bitrate field in AVCodecContext 
is defined (and I would not rule out that a patch 
changing this will be rejected).

> And if I choose a "probesize" that is too small 
> ffprobe reports:
> [mxf  <at>  0x2f692e0] Stream #0: not enough frames 
> to estimate rate; consider increasing probesize
> So I guess it is estimating the bitrate from frame 
> size but just doen't report the value.

Sorry if you consider the warning misleading (a patch 
fixing this may be welcome) but this is not meant, 
at least not in the mxf-mpegvideo case.

> I want to find out if that is caused by an incomplete
> arguments list on my side.

No, as said mpeg2video files don't contain the 
information you are looking for.
One possibility to get it is to remux the whole 
video stream and calculate the bitrate.

ffmpeg (the application) could probably be changed so 
that it shows the actual input bitrate(s) on eof (after 
conversion). Such a patch may be welcome.

Carl Eugen

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