Ticket #2688 (closed defect: wontfix)
ffmpeg can and should be included
|Reported by:||AlbertCahalan||Owned by:||dgilmore|
|Priority:||high||Milestone:||8.2.0 (was Update.2)|
|Deployments affected:||Blocked By:|
ffmpeg is not purely patent encumbered. It includes dozens of useful unpatented codecs such as snow and mjpeg.
As Debian also takes a strict stand against patented codecs, it is probably best to use the same source code. (take advantage of work already done)
It appears to me that the patented stuff was actually ripped out of the tarball rather than merely disabled. The web page provides contact info that may be useful if you need to ask questions.