[FFmpeg-user] Compilation Guide / MSVC on Wiki

Carl Zwanzig cpz at tuunq.com
Wed Dec 2 19:43:43 EET 2020

On 12/2/2020 9:32 AM, hinderanyoption81 via ffmpeg-user wrote:
> 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
> make install

Yep, the instructions aren't clear.

I've successfully built ffmpeg on/for windows using msys2/mingw-w64. You 
need to install msys2, then the compiler packages, then things like (IIRC) 
automake and it's friends, then others. I can look that up later, but the 
first time was a somewhat iterative process in "Can't find HHHH", so I 
install HHHH and try again; eventually it all worked.

Start at https://www.msys2.org/. Also, there are msys and mingw packages, 
most of the time, you need the mingw one.

This is a very useful setup on a windows system.

To answer the MSVC question- I only use it for things that aren't set up to 
build in mingw :).



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