[gst-devel] Seek in a filesink

Laszlo Pandy laszlok2 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 24 16:25:18 CEST 2009

The function returns False to indicate that the seek fails. The reason
it fails is because filesink knows nothing about the data it is
storing and does not know how to use FORMAT_TIME. If you perform a
seekon the filesink with FORMAT_BYTES it should succeed, however you
will more than likely get a slightly corrupt file unless you know the
location in bytes of all the audio frames and managed not to cut one
of them in half. As well, you will probably have problems with the
timestamps in the file being inconsistent.

I don't know of another way to do it with GStreamer but if you plan on
doing it this way I would suggest you try wavenc since with the WAV
format you can easily convert seconds to the position in bytes using
the sample rate and bit width.


On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 4:42 AM, <sebbil at gmx.de> wrote:
> Hi there!
> I'm currently writing an application in the style of an old-fashioned dictaphone. Basically, the application uses a filesink to write recorded data to a file.
> The application should have a button for "rewinding the tape" and anotherone for fast-forwarding it. After pressing the "record"-button, the application should start recording from the new position.
> Here is a little example:
> The app recorded the following:
> time: 1       2       3       4       5
> data: bla bla bla bla bla bla foo foo foo foo
> The user rewinds 3 seconds and goes on recording "bar":
> time: 1       2       3       4       5
> data: bla bla bla bla bar bar bar bar bar bar
> => It overwrites the previous recorded stuff.
> I tried to do so by using gst.Element.seek_simple, but it returns False...
> Here is the relevant code:
> The pipeline: "pulsesrc ! audioconvert ! vorbisenc ! oggmux ! filesink location=/tmp/test.ogg"
> The seeking stuff: self.pipeline.get_by_name('filesink0').seek_simple(gst.FORMAT_TIME, gst.SEEK_TYPE_SET, 3000)
> Thanks in advance!
> Sebastian Billaudelle
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