News and tidbits

Realized I hadn’t blogged in a while so I figured I should get back into the groove by highlighting some of the cool developments at Fluendo and around GStreamer.

Elisa is making great strides forward. One of the latest features being worked on is DVB support with Zaheer working on the GStreamer side of things, and it is starting to come together with audio playing yesterday. Hopefully soon we will have video going too. Getting DVB working will not only be useful for Elisa of course, but also be of great use for Flumotion.

On the playback side there are some nice developments as well. Wim committed some changes to GStreamer last week which improves network buffering quite a lot, as soon as Tim updates Totem this will improve Totem/GStreamer as a streaming client. Wim is also working on integrating a series of patches by Lutz Müller which improves our RTSP support and will also give us support for RTSP in playbin/Totem. Combined with the work that has been going on by Bastien and Christian Persch to improve the Totem browser plugin I think web media handling will be greatly improved. Using Fluendo’s Windows Media plugins I am now able to view the videoclips on cnn.com for instance.

Edward is putting final touches on some major GStreamer decodebin changes these days too. The new version will allow decodebin to not only output raw audio and video, but also output compressed data. This is very useful for use with digital output like s/pdif where you want to output AC3 or DTS not raw audio. The changes will also improve our handling of media files which contain more than one audio or video track and last but not least will solve the problem of handling chained oggs we have been seeing for a good while now.

Another cool addition coming soon is a MPEG Transport Stream muxer for GStreamer which Jan is working on. This project is done in collaboration with our friends at the BBC R&D. As part of this Jan is also defining a mapping for Dirac in MPEG TS so that other players and projects can use compatible mapping with ours.

Speaking of Dirac, work is still continuing at full speed on Schroedinger our Dirac implementation. David Schleef is currently polishing up the code to make sure the produced bitstreams are 100% compatible with the ones created by the Dirac library. Once that work is finished we will cut a new release before moving on to a optimisation phase to make sure Schroedinger is a really high performance Dirac implementation.

Another nice GStreamer change we hope to get into upstream GStreamer soon is a binary registry for GStreamer. Matthieu have been working on it for a while and the main advantage is that it improves both performance and of course gives GStreamer one less dependency as it removes the libxml requirement.

Also thanks to the work and support of Nokia, including the hard work of Edgard Lima and Stefan Kost, we will soon be able to move the video4linux2 plugin into -good. This means that we feel confident that the v4l2 plugin has reached a quality level where we can officially support it as part of the GStreamer project.

Another fun development at Fluendo without any direct community effect is that we have been doing a lot of training sessions recently for our customers. Fluendo trainers have been flying of so far to the US and China, but India , Taiwan and Brazil are on the agenda too now. As the adoption of GStreamer in the embedded market is rapidly growing in momentum the need for developers to get trained in how do develop with the GStreamer framework has given us a nice and interesting side business.

Also some long legal negotiations are being rolled up these days, meaning that we expect to launch a big slew of new plugins into our webshop very soon. Been beta-testing the Windows Media ones for quite some time now, but I hope to add MPEG2 and MPEG4 to the beta program this week in preparation for the launch. There has also been some significant fixes done to the MP3 plugin we offer so a new version of that will also be pushed out.

I am also very happy to see all the nice GStreamer developments happening elsewhere, like the OpenOffice and GStreamer integration work reported on by Michael Meeks. The ongoing greatness of Jokosher and the really sweet UI revamp that will happen to Pitivi partly due to having recently hired a graphical designer here at Fluendo who has been working with Edward on coming up with some radical new UI ideas.

8 thoughts on “News and tidbits”

  1. great work!

    what about multicasting support? is that available in gstreamer yet? that would make flumotion very useful, especially added together with the new dvb support.

  2. Please focus on compatibility. People can’t use Linux if it doesn’t play their multimedia files.

    The worst bugs I see:
    buffering issues that don’t recover, video out of sync with audio (wmv)
    being able to play all wmv, quicktime files
    being able to fast-forward through m4u, asx

    Totem-gstreamer’s Goom only does 320×200 on Ubuntu and Fedora! Totem-xine’s goom looks way better. Have you optimized that goom?

    What about controls to speed-up or slow down audio and video? Windows Media 10 added that.

  3. Alan: Christian is always very enthousiastic whenever I announce something on PiTiVi. Rest assured, the *overall* layout is staying the same (source/viewer/timeline). It’s just that we were able to go deeper in the design of the UI. Hopefully that will be online soon.

    Keith:
    * Unplayable or out-of sync files, and buffering issues, should be reported on the gnome bugzilla if you want us to fix those issues. We can’t fix issues we’ve never heard about.
    * m4u and asx are playlists formats, they’re not multimedia files, and they’re handled by the applications. You might want to report those issues to the proper application bug tracker (totem’s ?)
    * speed-up/slowdown has been implemented for some time now in GStreamer, and works rather well. What’s lacking is the support of it in applications. This seems a trivial feature request, that nobody cared about. File a but with Totem bug tracker.

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