Multimedia framework

Neil Stevens neil at
Thu Oct 24 20:53:51 BST 2002

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On Thursday October 24, 2002 12:41, George Staikos wrote:
> On Thursday October 24 2002 15:04, Neil Stevens wrote:
> > On Thursday October 24, 2002 11:12, George Staikos wrote:
> > >    This is what I was afraid of.  Using such approaches is just not
> > > suitable to all applications, though I do see a benefit in terms of
> > > things like using more polished apps to do end-to-end playing of
> > > video files/dvds.  I can't see how this could be very useful for a
> > > realtime video editor, for instance.
> >
> > Well, until someone steps up and adds more to aRts, nothing will get
> > done.
> >
> > It doesn't matter if 200 people file wishlists about what they say
> > they can't do with aRts, it doesn't matter what video apps people
> > want.  Unless someone codes the wnated features, or pays someone to do
> > it, we're stuck with what we've got until KDE 4 when we break BC.
>   Part of the reason I wrote this, and as we discussed in the past, is
> that I have already done so, but not for arts itself.  I have code which
> will be useful in many of those different areas.  Does anyone want to
> put some feedback into this?   I'm almost ready to split it off into a
> separate library.  I just need to finish up a few more things.

Well, I think the consensus was that if someone wants to make a video addon 
to aRts, he's welcome to do so.  Personally I'd love to see it happen.

But I caution you, you may seem to get ignored at one point or another.  
The people who originated aRts were only interested in audio, and my 
interest and knowledge of video ends at basic playback.  So it'll be very 
unlikely that you'll be able to get feedback from many people at every 
step of the way.

I just have one request:  If you do write a video system into aRts, I hope 
you keep an eye toward compatibility with the existing VideoPlayObject and 
KVideoWidget.  Even if your backend is nicely modular and all that, 
keeping the frontend the same will allow existing video apps to have 
access to the same codecs that new video apps would have.

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Neil Stevens - neil at
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