[vlc-devel] Re: handling windows codecs in vlc?

Antoine Cellerier dionoea at via.ecp.fr
Sat Jun 18 22:17:59 CEST 2005

On Sat, Jun 18, 2005, Osama Khan wrote:
> I was just wondering how does vlc handle windows codecs (wmv, wma
> etc.) from a programmer's point of view? Does it use a wrapper for the
> original windows codec DLLs or does it use reverse engineered codecs.

VLC uses the ffmpeg library to handle these codecs (rever engineered
AFAIK). We don't use wrappers for the original DLL because we think this
isn't compatible with the GPL license (this explains why we can't read
WMV3 on OSes other than linux for example).

Antoine Cellerier

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