LiVES is a great project, but it has legal issues because of its use of ffmpeg as its media backend.
I propose that LiVES switches to GStreamer for its media backend.
GStreamer is fully modular and can support adding codecs on the fly similar to DirectShow. GStreamer also has support for ffmpeg through the gst-ffmpeg module. Fluendo, the company that employs many GStreamer devs, provides legal codecs that allow any GStreamer enabled application to use for decoding.
Switching to GStreamer would also allow distros like Fedora, who have strict Free Software and legal guidelines, to include LiVES in their official package repositories.
Please consider switching to GStreamer backend in LiVES!
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