[Libav-user] How to set mpegts muxrate via API?

Jason Livingston jettoblack at gmail.com
Mon May 14 00:38:17 CEST 2012

When I set the muxrate via ffmpeg CLI, it works fine, so this isn't a
bug.  I just can't figure out how to set the same muxrate option via
the APIs.

E.g. this works fine and the muxed rate looks right:
ffmpeg -i inputfile -muxrate 3500000 -vcodec copy -acodec copy output.ts

Log msg from muxer:
[mpegts @ 0x7faf82028400] muxrate 3500000, pcr every 49 pkts, sdt
every 1246, pat/pmt every 249 pkts

Trying to set the same thing via API, and the option setting seems to
stick in the MpegTs private class options (calling av_get_int() for
"muxrate" gives me the intended value back, so it looks like I
succeeded in setting the option value), but the resulting stream is
not muxed at the right rate.


   AVFormatContext *out = NULL;
   int mux_rate = 3500000;
   char *outfile = "test.ts";
   int r;

    // Open output file for writing
    out = avformat_alloc_context();
    out->oformat = av_guess_format(NULL, outfile, NULL);    // Guess
output container format based on file extension
    printf("Open output file: %s\nOutput format: %s\n", outfile,

    // set output muxrate
    r = av_opt_set_int(&out->oformat->priv_class, "muxrate", mux_rate,
    if (r) {
        char errbuf[128];
        av_strerror(r, errbuf, 128);
        printf("error %s when setting opt muxrate=%"PRId64"\n",
errbuf, mux_rate);

    // read back muxrate
    int64_t res = av_get_int(&out->oformat->priv_class, "muxrate", NULL);
    printf("muxrate set to %"PRId64"\n", res);
    if (res != mux_rate) {
        printf("Warning: output mux rate %"PRId64" doesn't match input
mux rate %"PRId64"\n", res, mux_rate);

    // open output
    r = avio_open2(&out->pb, outfile, AVIO_FLAG_WRITE, NULL, NULL);
    if (r) {
        printf("err %x\n", r);
        return r;

I get this log output:
muxrate set to 3500000
[mpegts @ 0x103023c00] muxrate VBR, pcr every 5 pkts, sdt every 200,
pat/pmt every 40 pkts

So the "muxrate VBR" log msg from the muxer seems to indicate that my
muxrate option is not being used.

Any ideas?  How does the ffmpeg "-muxrate" option get passed into the muxer?


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