Opened 17 months ago

Closed 17 months ago

Last modified 17 months ago

#7457 closed defect (invalid)

FFplay slow youtube streaming

Reported by: chenrios Owned by:
Priority: normal Component: ffplay
Version: git-master Keywords:
Cc: Blocked By:
Blocking: Reproduced by developer: no
Analyzed by developer: no


Summary of the bug:
FFplay is downloading the video at around 21.8Mbps which is not sufficient at 4k60fps and causes buffering. Chrome / Firefox buffers the video perfectly fine on my 300Mbps line.

How to reproduce:

  1. get youtube video which has 4k 60fps format available like e.g. youtube-dl -f 315 -g
  2. pass output URL to ffplay
  3. after ~30seconds video starts to buffer
    % ffplay version N-91961-g5109c38162 Copyright (c) 2003-2018 the FFmpeg developers
      built with gcc 8.2.1 (GCC) 20180813
      configuration: --enable-gpl --enable-version3 --enable-sdl2 --enable-fontconfig --enable-gnutls --enable-iconv --enable-libass --enable-libbluray --enable-libfreetype --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libopencore-amrnb --enable-libopencore-amrwb --enable-libopenjpeg --enable-libopus --enable-libshine --enable-libsnappy --enable-libsoxr --enable-libtheora --enable-libtwolame --enable-libvpx --enable-libwavpack --enable-libwebp --enable-libx264 --enable-libx265 --enable-libxml2 --enable-libzimg --enable-lzma --enable-zlib --enable-gmp --enable-libvidstab --enable-libvorbis --enable-libvo-amrwbenc --enable-libmysofa --enable-libspeex --enable-libxvid --enable-libaom --enable-libmfx --enable-amf --enable-ffnvcodec --enable-cuvid --enable-d3d11va --enable-nvenc --enable-nvdec --enable-dxva2 --enable-avisynth
      libavutil      56. 19.101 / 56. 19.101
      libavcodec     58. 30.100 / 58. 30.100
      libavformat    58. 18.101 / 58. 18.101
      libavdevice    58.  4.103 / 58.  4.103
      libavfilter     7. 32.100 /  7. 32.100
      libswscale      5.  2.100 /  5.  2.100
      libswresample   3.  2.100 /  3.  2.100
      libpostproc    55.  2.100 / 55.  2.100
    Input #0, matroska,webm, from '[redacted]':
        encoder         : google/video-file
      Duration: 00:10:06.62, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 22188 kb/s
        Stream #0:0(eng): Video: vp9 (Profile 0), yuv420p(tv, bt709), 3840x2160, SAR 1:1 DAR 16:9, 59.94 fps, 59.94 tbr, 1k tbn, 1k tbc (default)

Change History (3)

comment:1 Changed 17 months ago by cus

  • Resolution set to invalid
  • Status changed from new to closed

Youtube is rate limiting download speed, and the video has parts which have a larger bitrate then the rate limit. So it won't work with other players either. Even happens on chrome after roughly 1:10. Wget also can't get a faster download speed after the initial "burst".

You may use -infbuf with ffplay to make it buffer as much data as possible, but you will still run out of data eventually.

comment:2 Changed 17 months ago by chenrios

there's a way to avoid this
can something similar be implemented into ffplay?

comment:3 Changed 17 months ago by JEEB

Since the actual Youtube JS player seems to access the things not with actual ranged requests but instead custom URL parameters that contain the ranges, I think if youtube-dl would be able to create a playlist of those chunks a la HLS or DASH playlist/manifest then it could be played.

Ranged requests could be implemented, but you'd have to tell the ranges to lavf somehow. It's extra complexity and if you can just make a playlist/manifest with the ranges in the URLs because the official player seems to access them that way, too - that would just be a whole bunch simpler.

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