Opened 6 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

#962 closed defect (fixed)

Bink - ffmpeg is unable to decode some small files with only one frame

Reported by: bgk Owned by:
Priority: normal Component: undetermined
Version: git-master Keywords: bink
Cc: Blocked By:
Blocking: Reproduced by developer: yes
Analyzed by developer: no


When trying to transcode Bink movies to a serie of PNG images, some small (less than 500 bytes) won't decode.
ffmpeg fails with the error "Error while decoding stream #0:0", see the attached log for the full output.

There are a dozen of such files in the game "Myst III Exile". They play fine in game.

Attachments (2)

ffmpeg-20120131-173344.log (6.6 KB) - added by bgk 6 years ago.
bink-24px.patch (524 bytes) - added by bgk 6 years ago.

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Change History (12)

Changed 6 years ago by bgk

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by richardpl

If you want this issue to get fixed anytime soon you will need provide sample(s).

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by bgk

Sample NACH-19248.bik uploaded on

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by cehoyos

  • Keywords bink added
  • Reproduced by developer set
  • Status changed from new to open
  • Version changed from unspecified to git-master
$ ffmpeg -i NACH-19248.bik out.avi
ffmpeg version N-37413-g0a3a69e Copyright (c) 2000-2012 the FFmpeg developers
  built on Feb  1 2012 00:22:53 with gcc 4.5.3
  configuration: --cc=/usr/local/gcc-4.5.3/bin/gcc --enable-libopenjpeg
  libavutil      51. 36.100 / 51. 36.100
  libavcodec     54.  0.102 / 54.  0.102
  libavformat    54.  0.100 / 54.  0.100
  libavdevice    53.  4.100 / 53.  4.100
  libavfilter     2. 60.100 /  2. 60.100
  libswscale      2.  1.100 /  2.  1.100
  libswresample   0.  6.100 /  0.  6.100
Input #0, bink, from 'NACH-19248.bik':
  Duration: 00:00:00.06, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 44 kb/s
    Stream #0:0: Video: binkvideo (BIKi / 0x694B4942), yuva420p, 24x48, 15 tbr, 15 tbn, 15 tbc
Incompatible pixel format 'yuva420p' for codec 'mpeg4', auto-selecting format 'yuv420p'
[buffer @ 0x13f46e0] w:24 h:48 pixfmt:yuva420p tb:1/1000000 sar:0/1 sws_param:
[buffersink @ 0x13f4ae0] auto-inserting filter 'auto-inserted scale 0' between the filter 'src' and the filter 'out'
[scale @ 0x13f5380] w:24 h:48 fmt:yuva420p -> w:24 h:48 fmt:yuv420p flags:0x4
Output #0, avi, to 'out.avi':
    ISFT            : Lavf54.0.100
    Stream #0:0: Video: mpeg4 (FMP4 / 0x34504D46), yuv420p, 24x48, q=2-31, 200 kb/s, 15 tbn, 15 tbc
Stream mapping:
  Stream #0:0 -> #0:0 (binkvideo -> mpeg4)
Press [q] to stop, [?] for help
Error while decoding stream #0:0
frame=    0 fps=  0 q=0.0 Lsize=       6kB time=00:00:00.00 bitrate=   0.0kbits/s
video:0kB audio:0kB global headers:0kB muxing overhead inf%
Output file is empty, nothing was encoded (check -ss / -t / -frames parameters if used)

comment:4 Changed 6 years ago by richardpl

Please add link to sample(s).

comment:5 Changed 6 years ago by bgk

These samples (24x48) won't decode :

This sample is mostly the same, except 16x48, but decodes properly :

All these sample only have one frame with an alpha channel.
Please tell me if you need more samples.

comment:6 Changed 6 years ago by bgk

After a bit more testing, the source of the bug is narrowed down to the width of the movie being 24px.
It seems unrealated to the number of frames, since I found a sample that won't decode and has 10 frames (24x53).
Maybe something is wrong in init_lengths?

Changed 6 years ago by bgk

comment:7 Changed 6 years ago by bgk

The attached patch "bink-24px.patch" fixes the bug, and does not seem to break anything. However it is total guesswork. Can someone with some bink experience take a look at it?

comment:8 Changed 6 years ago by michael

Do you have bink files with other widths ?
it would be interresting to test a few that fall close to the values at which the len changes to make sure this is right.
I dont have any bink spec and is not very complete. Maybe kostya/peter/mike know more but it shouldnt be hard to get this right by just testing a few widths

comment:9 Changed 6 years ago by bgk

Actually, I'm working on a rewrite of the engine behind Myst III Exile. A similar fix has been applied to our Bink decoder a few days ago ( The game uses dozens of widths in the range 8-640px. So far no regression has been noticed.

comment:10 Changed 5 years ago by cehoyos

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from open to closed

Patch applied, thank you for the report and the analysis!

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