[vlc-devel] Encrypting x264 data...

Peter Tap ptrtap at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 23 00:21:02 CEST 2011


Thank you very much for your help. I looked at "demux" directory and mp4 as well as mkv examples. However, the use of API is not clear. I would imagine the APIs should be:
1. Can you handle "xyz" extension?
2. Give me the type of streams (audio, video, etc.) along with the format type (AAC, x264, etc.)
3. Give me the next x bytes from nth stream.

On the developer corner, I couldn't find any documentation on how to write a muxer. Other than vlc_open and vlc_close, what other methods need to be implemented?

Appreciate your help.


From: Kaarlo Räihä <kaarlo.raiha at gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [vlc-devel] Encrypting x264 data...

2011/8/22 Peter Tap <ptrtap at yahoo.com>

>For the project I am working on, I need to create a new container format, encrypt x264 data and store it. This file can only be played through vlc and I need to provide on-the-fly decryption.
>I have downloaded and built vlc code. I have also gone through various documentation pages. However, I am still confused on where to start. I would appreciate it if someone can help me with the following questions:
>1. How to write a new container module?

If you are only interested about VLC, you have to create new demux and mux modules. 
2. I need to use x264 module internally. I need to integrate with it such that each block that x264 decodes needs to be decrypted first and passed on to x264 decoder. I am wondering what would be a good way to achieve this?
>3. Although I have built vlc source and vlc seems to run correctly, I am a bit confused about where the source files for each module really is. For example, when I look under contrib/src/x264, I don't see any .h or .c files. I need to debug and step through x264 code. How can I achieve this? Note that during the initial ".configure" step, I did specify enable-debug as a flag.
>Also, may be there is a simpler way of what I am trying to achieve. Perhaps I can just hook into x264 decoding mechanism. Is this possible? 

Do encryption stuff on muxer level. There really isn't any point to change x264 and H.264 decoders. With muxer level encryption you can also protect the audio tracks and subtitles.  

>Thank you in advance for your help.
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