FFmpeg deprecated (in Ubuntu)?

Jonathan Wiltshire jmw at debian.org
Tue Jun 26 03:28:52 EDT 2012

On 2012-06-26 00:16, dinkypumpkin wrote:
> On 25/06/2012 23:12, JasonW wrote:
>> jason at ht:~$ ffmpeg
>> ffmpeg version 0.8.3-4:0.8.3-0ubuntu0.12.04.1, Copyright (c) 
>> 2000-2012
>> the Libav developers
>>    built on Jun 12 2012 16:52:09 with gcc 4.6.3
>> This program is only provided for compatibility and will be removed 
>> in
>> a future release. Please use avconv instead.
>> Hyper fast Audio and Video encoder
>> usage: ffmpeg [options] [[infile options] -i infile]... {[outfile
>> options] outfile}...
>> So - who needs to know? :)
> It has been on the radar for a while.  At present, get_iplayer would
> need a few minor changes to work with avconv.  Not sure when
> Debian/Ubuntu will force this on us.  It would probably be a good 
> idea
> to make get_iplayer compatible with avconv by the time of next Ubuntu
> release, but no idea if it will actually be necessary.

Well from our (Debian's) point of view, we're (get_iplayer) probably 
safe for another two years; avconv is not in the archive and almost 
certainly will not make it in before we freeze on Saturday. The current 
version, and therefore most likely to be in the release, of ffmpeg is 

As far as Ubuntu is concerned: the situation is currently the same, but 
as they freeze every six months it could change within that time. That 
said, a year is probably a safe assumption still. (I don't watch Ubuntu 
closely, so it would be helpful if someone could keep an eye on this.)

Jonathan Wiltshire                                      jmw at debian.org
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