Running ffmpeg in Functions

Is there a way to use your own docker image as a Function? My task is to process a video file using ffmpeg (download from S3, process, upload back, return Success). There can be several such tasks and they must work in parallel. There are times when there are no tasks and I would not like to pay for a powerful virtual machine that sits idle.

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Bobby Iliev
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November 18, 2023

Hey @yauhenko,

As of the time being the DigitalOcean Functions do not support custom Dockerimages for functions. The platform is designed to run functions based on supported runtime environments like Node.js, Python, etc.

The best thing to do to get your voice heard regarding this would be to head over to our Product Ideas board and post a new idea, including as much information as possible for what you’d like to see implemented.

For a task that requires processing video files with FFmpeg, DigitalOcean’s App Platform can instead be a suitable choice, especially since it supports deploying custom apps using a Dockerfile.

You can create a Dockerfile that includes FFmpeg, your application code, and any other dependencies. This allows you to define a custom environment tailored specifically for video processing tasks:

Hope that helps!

- Bobby.

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