[Libav-user] Live MP3 stream transcoding delay

Igor Serganov iserganoff at gmail.com
Tue Mar 28 18:59:14 EEST 2023

Hey Team,

I have managed to determine the function where the actual delay happens:


Event when I set max_analyze_duration to some small value, e.g. 5000 - it doesn’t have any impact.

And forgot to mention - I am using FFMPEG 5.1.2

I would really appreciate help on this issue. 

Thank you in advance.

Igor Serganov

> On 10 Mar 2023, at 13:50, Igor Serganov <iserganoff at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello Team!
> I would appreciate your help on understanding/resolving the following issue.
> When I do ffplay or transcoding of live MP3 stream, I always get around 8.5s - 9s startup delay.
> When I do the same for HLS Live input - delay is around 100ms.
> It seems to me I have tried all the things advised here - http://trac.ffmpeg.org/wiki/StreamingGuide to remove initial latency, but got no result.
> I have tried the following commands:
> ffmpeg -probesize 32 -re -fflags nobuffer -I <INPUT> -acodec libopus -muxdelay 0.1 -ab 98k -t 30 -ar 48k -y output.opus
> ffplay -probesize 32 -sync ext <INPUT>
> ffmpeg -probesize 32 -re -I <INPUT> -ab 128k -t 10 -ar 48k -y output.mp3
> ffmpeg -probesize 32 -re -analyzeduration 0 -fflags nobuffer -I <INPUT> -acodec libmp3lame -ab 128k -t 10 -ar 48k -y output.mp3
> It seems to me that I am missing something as when I open the same input stream in browser it starts playing much faster (I don’t have 9s delay).
> Can you please help me to get understanding what I can be doing wrong?
> Thank you in advance.
> Kind Regards
> Igor Serganov

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