FFmpeg VS OpenH264

Compare FFmpeg vs OpenH264 and see what are their differences.


Open Source H.264 Codec (by cisco)
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FFmpeg OpenH264
109 4
27,105 4,377
1.9% 0.8%
10.0 6.0
2 days ago 14 days ago
C C++
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later BSD 2-clause "Simplified" License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of FFmpeg. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-11-28.
  • Automator shell script question (newb)
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/osx | 28 Nov 2021
    There are a couple of solutions I can think of; - a solution from someone like Telestream - working out if it’s possible to do what you want with something free like FFMPEG
  • Typewriter unknown icon appearing before text
    1 project | reddit.com/r/kdenlive | 26 Nov 2021
    MLT version 7.1.0 FFmpeg libraries
  • What's the Difference?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/youtubedl | 25 Nov 2021
    FFmpeg's source code is maintained using a version control system called git. The git master builds are built from the master branch of the repository, which is where all development occurs whereas the release builds are built from the latest release branch. These are essentially a snapshot of the master branch at a given point of time. They are updated with bug and security fixes for a while but no new features. It is highly recommended to choose a git master build; unlike many software, releases are primarily made for the convenience of OS distributors and package managers and don't signify greater stability or maturity.
  • Golang native media compression library
    4 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 25 Nov 2021
    You should ask if you have to create your own compression or if you can use something like FFmpeg or HandBrake. In the later case you can create C bindings or wrapper for these command line programs, and just pick a codec for each media type but be careful because some of them is protected by patents and depending in how you use them the company might have to pay for them.
  • Discord bot not playing music
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/learnpython | 24 Nov 2021
    The program requires that you have downloaded a version of ffmpeg and have updated your PATH variable so its command can be executed from the command line.
  • Getting Started with ffmpeg for Audio
    1 project | dev.to | 15 Nov 2021
    A copy of FFmpeg - download it here.
  • Transcribe Videos With Node.js
    2 projects | dev.to | 15 Nov 2021
    ffmpeg is a toolkit for developers to work with audio and video files - which includes conversion between formats. It's used most commonly in a terminal, so below is a utility function to add to your index.js file. It allows us to fire off terminal commands directly from our Node.js application:
  • Automatically Censor Profanity with Node.js
    2 projects | dev.to | 15 Nov 2021
    FFmpeg is a terminal-based toolkit for developers to work with audio and video files, which can include some quite complex manipulation. We'll be using exec to run it.
  • How to play videos in tty?
    1 project | reddit.com/r/linuxquestions | 15 Nov 2021
  • Building More Than Just a YouTube Video Downloader
    6 projects | dev.to | 7 Nov 2021
    However, there's a catch: most of the time, the highest quality video doesn't have audio. That's just how YouTube seems to work, with the audio and video separate. So in order to download the highest quality video (with audio), they'll have to be downloaded separately. In many cases, you'd want to combine the two into one file so you have the highest quality video and audio. ffmpeg is one way to do that. But in my case, I can simply play both the audio and video at the same time and it will work!


Posts with mentions or reviews of OpenH264. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects.
  • MP4 video playback on Linux without ffmpeg/libav
    1 project | reddit.com/r/firefox | 23 Nov 2021
    I'm looking for a way to use another library to support MP4 video playback. I see that the openh264 library could technically work, since it implements full H264 decoding and encoding, but building and installing it does nothing.
  • F34 Firefox can not play DRM content.
    1 project | reddit.com/r/Fedora | 15 Apr 2021
    The code source is available at https://github.com/cisco/openh264 under a BSD license. The binary is released under this agreement from Cisco: https://www.openh264.org/BINARY_LICENSE.txt
  • Streaming video over WebRTC using FFmpeg (and why it's a bad idea)
    1 project | reddit.com/r/ffmpeg | 30 Jan 2021
    - This is interesting. Do you know which of the WebRTC clients struggle with high profile? I am genuinely interested and want to try out a library that is baseline only. All hw devices support high profile these days, so if the browser is plugged into the hardware, that should not be an issue. The last modern software decoding library that was previously limited to baseline was openh264 (which is/was often used by WebRTC), but that was fixed in openh264 v 2.0.0 in May 2019. If you are the author, would you be kind enough to share an example of a baseline-only client?
  • remmina RDP visuel glich.
    1 project | reddit.com/r/Remmina | 14 Jan 2021

What are some alternatives?

When comparing FFmpeg and OpenH264 you can also consider the following projects:

jcodec - JCodec main repo

libde265 - Open h.265 video codec implementation.

mp4parser - A Java API to read, write and create MP4 files

hlsdl - C program to download VoD HLS (.m3u8) files

obs-ndi - NewTek NDI integration for OBS Studio

mpv - πŸŽ₯ Command line video player

Exoplayer - An extensible media player for Android

HandBrake - HandBrake's main development repository

Vireo - Vireo is a lightweight and versatile video processing library written in C++11

osr2mp4-core - A program to convert osu replay file osr to mp4. Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ugu_9yDSg0

ffmpeg-python - Python bindings for FFmpeg - with complex filtering support

libvpx - Mirror only. Please do not send pull requests.