What impresses me about this is, even though the Debian package
maintainer is also a libav developer, he
“...in the end, could not bring himself to say that he was sure
libav was the better choice.”
With regard to the commit statistics, it seems like much of the
activity in FFmpeg commits is wholesale copying of code from libav. But
so what? If sticking with FFmpeg gives you the best of both worlds, why
bother separately including packages for libav at all?