[Libav-user] How to seek to a given frame?

Michael Armes michael.armes at gmail.com
Wed May 8 23:20:17 EEST 2019

seek to the closest *keyframe* having a smaller pts than the one you are
seeking. You must then iterate through reading frames until you reach your
desired position (if you are not seeking to a keyframe).


On Wed, May 8, 2019 at 10:53 AM Mark McKay <mark at kitfox.com> wrote:

> I'm trying to create a video player with the ability to seek whereever I
> want.  I'm having some trouble with av_seek_frame(), which seems to keep
> returning the first keyframe after the timestamp I'm looking for:
>     int timestamp = av_rescale_q(timeMs, AV_TIME_BASE_Q,
>                               pFormatCtx->streams[videoStream]->time_base);
>     int err = av_seek_frame(pFormatCtx, videoStream, timestamp, 0);
> Unfortunately, if it puts me at a position /after/ the frame where I'm
> seeking, I have already passed the frame I want and can't scan forward to
> find it.  I've also tried seeking with AVSEEK_FLAG_ANY, but this it not
> returning frames with valid data.  I'm guessing that you need to jump to
> the correct keyframe and then scan forward so that the frame buffers are
> built correctly.
> I'm also considering scanning the entire video when I first load it to
> build  an index of packet information.  AVSEEK_FLAG_BYTE looks like it
> could be useful to jump directly to the packet I want - however, I don't
> know where to find the byte value I would need to pass to the seek function.
> How can I scan to the frame that I want?
> Cheers,
> Mark
> ---http://www.kitfox.com
> _______________________________________________
> Libav-user mailing list
> Libav-user at ffmpeg.org
> https://ffmpeg.org/mailman/listinfo/libav-user
> To unsubscribe, visit link above, or email
> libav-user-request at ffmpeg.org with subject "unsubscribe".
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://ffmpeg.org/pipermail/libav-user/attachments/20190508/f90381ee/attachment.html>

More information about the Libav-user mailing list