We would like to use NVENC/NVDEC in our commercial application statically linked against FFMPEG 4.
We need it to decode and transcode h264 videos and are not sure about the licensing of the “Video Codec SDK”.
Where can we find information about the license model ?
I would suggest looking at the FFmpeg source to see what it includes - the NVENC SDK header is MIT licensed I think.
You may run into trouble with your use of FFmpeg itself though:
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Most files in FFmpeg are under the GNU Lesser General Public License version 2.1
or later (LGPL v2.1+). Read the file `COPYING.LGPLv2.1` for details. Some other
files have MIT/X11/BSD-style licenses. In combination the LGPL v2.1+ applies to
Some optional parts of FFmpeg are licensed under the GNU General Public License
version 2 or later (GPL v2+). See the file `COPYING.GPLv2` for details. None of
these parts are used by default, you have to explicitly pass `--enable-gpl` to
configure to activate them. In this case, FFmpeg's license changes to GPL v2+.
Specifically, the GPL parts of FFmpeg are:
- optional x86 optimization in the files
- the following building and testing tools