I've been working on integrating the Whisper API into my PHP application, and I have a question regarding the conversion process using FFMpeg. Specifically, I'm wondering whether it's better to save the FFMpeg conversion to a PHP variable or directly to the file system.
Currently, I'm using FFMpeg to convert audio files into a specific format required by the Whisper API. My intention is to pass this converted audio to the Whisper API for further processing and analysis.
My initial approach was to save the conversion output to the file system and then read the file when sending it to the Whisper API. However, I recently discovered that FFMpeg also allows saving the conversion output to a PHP variable.
I'm a bit conflicted as to which approach would be more suitable in terms of performance, efficiency, and best practices. Saving to the file system involves writing and reading from disk, which might add some overhead. On the other hand, saving to a PHP variable means I'll be storing the converted audio in memory, potentially impacting my application's memory usage.
My question is whether it's recommended to save the FFMpeg conversion to a PHP variable or to the file system when using the Whisper API. Are there any specific advantages or disadvantages to each approach in terms of performance, resource utilization, or overall effectiveness?
Any insights or recommendations based on your experiences or knowledge would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help!