Opened 12 months ago

#9333 new defect

ffmpeg creating mpeg-dash chunk files too slowly resulting in 404 errors

Reported by: Danny Owned by:
Priority: normal Component: undetermined
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Blocking: Reproduced by developer: no
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I have a hardware encoder feeding FFmpeg to create a MPEG-DASH Low Latency stream. It works well for a while, but after letting FFmpeg run for a while and reloading the page there are many 404 errors.

When that happens, the dash.js player tries to fetch the segment file on the "live edge" but the file has not been created yet by FFmpeg. For example, after running for 20-30 minutes and loading the web page player, debug code in the web server shows:

2021-07-16 16:46:30.64 : GET REQUEST : /data/ott/chunk-stream0-00702.m4s
2021-07-16 16:46:30.67 : NOT FOUND. Latest files on filesystem:


So you can see the browser requested chunk 702 but the latest on the server is (part of) 699. With 2 second chunks, that is 3-5 seconds of content not yet available.

To analyze, I modified FFmpeg's dashenc.c to add a timestamp every time a file is opened which displays like:

[dash @ 0x9b17c0] 21:48:52.935 1626443332.935 : dashenc_io_open() - opened /data/ott/chunk-stream0-00060.m4s.tmp

And loaded the timestamps into Excel.

Despite a segment duration of 2.000 seconds, the average time between file opens is 2.011 seconds. Over two hours this accumulated to a 45 second difference between the calculated live edge and the latest file on the server.

The HW encoder is set to 25 fps and a GOP size of 5. I've confirmed both by analyzing the H.264 NALUs output by the HW encoder.

Is this a bug in FFmpeg or can I avoid this problem by adjusting the settings of either the HW encoder and/or FFmpeg options?


FFmpeg: Version 4.4
Centos 8
Apache 2.4.37

*FFmpeg command line (pipe is fed by process reading HW encoder)*

ffmpeg -re -loglevel verbose -an -f h264 -i pipe:17 -c:v copy \
-f dash -dash_segment_type mp4 -b:v 1000000 -seg_duration 2.000000 \
-frag_type duration -frag_duration 0.200000 -target_latency 1 \
-window_size 10 -extra_window_size 5 -remove_at_exit 1 -streaming 1 \
-ldash 1 -use_template 1 -use_timeline 0 -write_prft 1 -avioflags direct \
-fflags +nobuffer+flush_packets -format_options movflags=+cmaf \
-utc_timing_url /web/be/time.php /data/ott/master.mpd

*Modified dash_io_open() from dashenc.c*

static int
dashenc_io_open(AVFormatContext *s, AVIOContext pb, char *filename, AVDictionary options)

DASHContext *c = s->priv_data;
int http_base_proto = filename ? ff_is_http_proto(filename) : 0;

if (!*pb
!http_base_proto !c->http_persistent)


err = s->io_open(s, pb, filename, AVIO_FLAG_WRITE, options);

My Debug

char buf[20], milli[60];
struct timeb tp;

ftime(&tp); sec + ms
struct tm *tmInfo = localtime(&tp.time);

2020-05-15 21:15:12.123

strftime(buf, sizeof(buf), "%H:%M:%S", tmInfo);
snprintf(milli, 59, "%s.%03d %d.%03d ", buf, tp.millitm, tp.time, tp.millitm);

av_log(s, AV_LOG_INFO, "%s : dashenc_io_open() - opened %s\n", milli, filename);


return err;


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