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Hello everybody.
I've tried next lines:

Process p = new Process();
p.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = false;
p.StartInfo.RedirectStandardOutput = true;
p.StartInfo.CreateNoWindow = true;
p.StartInfo.FileName = "ffmpeg";
p.StartInfo.Arguments = " -h ";
p = Process.Start(p.StartInfo);
this.textBox1.Text = p.StandardOutput.ReadToEnd();

In this case everything looks fine and TextBox have got a output of ffmpeg.exe.
But in case of real job:
p.StartInfo.Arguments = " -i input.avi -y output.ts ";

I can see just empty TextBox although convertion has been completed and output.ts has been created.

Thanks in advance.
Posted 11-Nov-12 3:40am
Updated 11-Nov-12 6:47am
Pablo Aliskevicius 11-Nov-12 9:58am
What is the output if you run the command on a console window?
What happens if you call ReadToEnd() again after WaitForExit()?
werfog 11-Nov-12 10:52am
1. I don't know how to add a picture to my reply. The text of console is

C:\Users\ааа\Documents\Visual Studio 2010\Projects\C#\VisualFFmpeg_1\bin\Debug>f
fmpeg.exe -i E:\input.avi -y E:\output.ts
ffmpeg version N-46055-g5f0105b Copyright (c) 2000-2012 the FFmpeg developers
built on Oct 26 2012 17:51:52 with gcc 4.7.2 (GCC)
configuration: --enable-gpl --enable-version3 --disable-pthreads --enable-runt
ime-cpudetect --enable-avisynth --enable-bzlib --enable-frei0r --enable-libass -
-enable-libopencore-amrnb --enable-libopencore-amrwb --enable-libfreetype --enab
le-libgsm --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libnut --enable-libopenjpeg --enable-libo
pus --enable-librtmp --enable-libschroedinger --enable-libspeex --enable-libtheo
ra --enable-libutvideo --enable-libvo-aacenc --enable-libvo-amrwbenc --enable-li
bvorbis --enable-libvpx --enable-libx264 --enable-libxavs --enable-libxvid --ena
libavutil 52. 0.100 / 52. 0.100
libavcodec 54. 69.100 / 54. 69.100
libavformat 54. 35.100 / 54. 35.100
libavdevice 54. 3.100 / 54. 3.100
libavfilter 3. 20.106 / 3. 20.106
libswscale 2. 1.101 / 2. 1.101
libswresample 0. 16.100 / 0. 16.100
libpostproc 52. 1.100 / 52. 1.100
Input #0, avi, from 'E:\input.avi':
encoder : Lavf51.12.1
Duration: 00:01:00.13, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 4218 kb/s
Stream #0:0: Video: mpeg4 (Simple Profile) (xvid / 0x64697678), yuv420p, 640
x360 [SAR 1:1 DAR 16:9], 29.97 tbr, 29.97 tbn, 29.97 tbc
Stream #0:1: Audio: mp3 (U[0][0][0] / 0x0055), 44100 Hz, stereo, s16, 128 kb
Output #0, mpegts, to 'E:\output.ts':
encoder : Lavf54.35.100
Stream #0:0: Video: mpeg2video, yuv420p, 640x360 [SAR 1:1 DAR 16:9], q=2-31,
200 kb/s, 90k tbn, 29.97 tbc
Stream #0:1: Audio: mp2, 44100 Hz, stereo, s16, 128 kb/s
Stream mapping:
Stream #0:0 -> #0:0 (mpeg4 -> mpeg2video)
Stream #0:1 -> #0:1 (mp3 -> mp2)
Press [q] to stop, [?] for help
frame= 227 fps=0.0 q=31.0 size= 999kB time=00:00:07.72 bitrate=1059.6kbits/
frame= 476 fps=462 q=31.0 size= 1849kB time=00:00:16.00 bitrate= 946.6kbits/
frame= 742 fps=480 q=31.0 size= 2748kB time=00:00:24.85 bitrate= 905.5kbits/
frame= 1005 fps=488 q=24.8 size= 3648kB time=00:00:33.66 bitrate= 887.8kbits/
frame= 1272 fps=494 q=31.0 size= 4519kB time=00:00:42.56 bitrate= 869.7kbits/
frame= 1526 fps=494 q=31.0 size= 5402kB time=00:00:51.05 bitrate= 866.7kbits/
frame= 1790 fps=497 q=31.0 size= 6295kB time=00:00:59.86 bitrate= 861.5kbits/
frame= 1800 fps=497 q=31.0 Lsize= 6339kB time=00:01:00.12 bitrate= 863.7kbits
video:4708kB audio:940kB subtitle:0 global headers:0kB muxing overhead 12.233324

C:\Users\ааа\Documents\Visual Studio 2010\Projects\C#\VisualFFmpeg_1\bin\Debug>p
Для продолжения нажмите любую клавишу . . .

2. Nothing is shown again in the TextBox.
Thanks for your attention.
Pablo Aliskevicius 12-Nov-12 4:21am
My guess is that there is some kind of race condition: ReadToEnd() may get called before ffmpeg writes to the standard output. But, it's just a guess...
I've upvoted the question in the hope of luring someone who knows better.
Best wishes,
werfog 12-Nov-12 6:43am
Thank you very much.
I wrote that in the hope that someone who encoutered such a problem and solved that could help.
I'm trying to sort out that trouble. And I suspect that answer lies somewhere in Apartment Threading. But it's hard to understand for me.

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Solution 1

The best and the shortest solution was found in the article
' Video Transcoding "YouTube-Style" with ffmpeg ' posted by Jonathan Lathigee.
Video Transcoding "YouTube-Style" with ffmpeg
He writes:
"Another problem came in the capturing of output from FFMPEG to get all of the file's metadata. I created a new process and streamReader, and captured the StandardOutput from the process. Nothing. Turns out that there is no specific command in FFMPEG to read metadata from a video file, instead this info comes out as a StandardError stream when FFMPEG is called with no output file specified. Once I switched from capturing the StandardOutput to StandardError, I had no problems."

And that was key factor for me. As I tried to catch StandardOutput of ffmpeg instead of catching StandardError. So I got all necessary lines into my TextBox. Finally I used asynchronous reading that was more suitable for my purpose. Here is the code.

                Process p = this.process1;
                String input = " -i " + this.listBox2.Text; //  /c ffmpeg.exe // for launching ffmpeg via cmd.exe
                String size = " -s " + this.comboBox1.Text;
                String codec = " -vcodec " + this.comboBox2.Text;
                String encoder = " -vtag " + this.comboBox3.Text;
                String quality = " -qscale " + this.comboBox4.Text;
                String videobr = " -b:v " + this.comboBox4.Text + "k";
                String audiobr = " -ab " + this.comboBox5.Text + "k";
                String output = " -y " + this.textBox2.Text;
                String report = " 2> \"" + this.textBox2.Text + ".log\""; // for launching ffmpeg via cmd.exe and putting output into file
                String s = input + size + codec + encoder + videobr + audiobr + output;// +report;
                String sa = " -h ";// help from ffmpeg
                p.StartInfo.Arguments = s;
                MessageBox.Show("Waiting for the process to exit....");
                if (p.HasExited) { p.CancelErrorRead(); p.CancelOutputRead(); p.Close(); MessageBox.Show("Closed"); }
            catch (Exception ex)

Following ErrorDataReceived handler.
private void process1_ErrorDataReceived(object sender, DataReceivedEventArgs e)
            this.textBox1.Text += e.Data;
            //MessageBox.Show("4.Error\n" + e.Data);

You can find some extra lines: MessageBoxes etc. they are just for debugging.
So Great Thanks to Jonathan Lathigee and 5 stars for him.
I'm glad if my experience is usefull for you.
Best wishes.

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