[FFmpeg-user] Compilation Guide / MSVC on Wiki

hinderanyoption81 hinderanyoption81 at protonmail.com
Wed Dec 2 19:32:39 EET 2020

Upon reading the "Compilation Guide / MSVC on Wiki", I am confused about at least three issues.
1. The Guide starts with a sentence "FFmpeg can be built on Windows with Visual Studio", and then it says:

Finally, run: For MSVC:
./configure --toolchain=msvc
make install

First, this is a Unix command that will not run on Windows. Second, does "make" refer to a Windows make.exe or a Unix make.exe, and where is that file located?

2. The Guide says that "www.mingw.org" is a prerequisite. Their web installer at osdn.net/projects/mingw/downloads/68260/mingw-get-setup.exe doesn't work (I get error messages like

http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/mingw/msysCORE-1.0.19-1-msys-1.0.19-lic.tar.xz?download:cannot open URL; status = 12045
Get package: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/mingw/msysCORE-1.0.19-1-msys-1.0.19-lic.tar.xz?download: download failed
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/mingw/msysCORE-1.0.19-1-msys-1.0.19-doc.tar.xz?download:cannot open URL; status = 12157
Get package: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/mingw/msysCORE-1.0.19-1-msys-1.0.19-doc.tar.xz?download: download failed
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/mingw/termcap-0.20050421_1-2-msys-1.0.13-bin.tar.lzma?download:cannot open URL; status = 12157
Get package: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/mingw/termcap-0.20050421_1-2-msys-1.0.13-bin.tar.lzma?download: download failed
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/mingw/libguile-1.8.7-2-msys-1.0.15-rtm.tar.lzma?download:cannot open URL; status = 12157
Get package: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/mingw/libguile-1.8.7-2-msys-1.0.15-rtm.tar.lzma?download: download failed),

therefore I have to download their standalone installer. The "MinGW.org Compiler Collection (GCC)" at osdn.net/projects/mingw/releases/p15691 has 51 items; which ones should I download?

3. The Guide does not explain at what point in the procedure "C99-to-C89 Converter & Wrapper" has to be used and how to use it.

I wonder if Compilation Guide could be rewritten to provide more detailed information.
Any help is appreciated.

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