Schrodinger announced

With the team lead by Thomas Davies at the BBC working hard for many years now on creating Dirac it is great to see the specification out. It was equally great to see David Schleef announce Schrodinger 1.0.0 at the end of last Month. Schrodinger is as most of you know a high performance implementation of Dirac in ANSI C. It is meant as a tool for people to be able to easily integrate Dirac support into their applications and systems. Which is also why it is available under very liberal licensing terms in the form of a GPL/LGPL/MPL/MIT quadruple license.

Anyway to celebrate the release of both the specification and the implementation we managed to put together and send out a press release for the Schrodinger project.

So once again congratulations to everyone involved, lets all work to get Dirac widely adopted. Personally I am hoping to that combination of Dirac video, FLAC audio in a Matroska container could be a killer combination to get started on mainstream adoption.


#1 memedesimo on 03.07.08 at 00:05

FLAC audio? What’s Dirac/Schroedinger target? HD videos with high bitrate on huge supports?

#2 James Henstridge on 03.07.08 at 00:28

@memedesimo: the Dirac guys have been targeting both the pro market (low latency and realtime compression/decompression on simple hardware at the expense of fairly low compression) and web streaming (higher latency and high compression at the expense of higher processing requirements). They cover both ends of the spectrum by disabling some of the compression steps for the pro version.

It isn’t clear that FLAC is a good fit for either end, but might make sense somewhere in the middle.

#3 terracotta on 03.08.08 at 20:45

@ James Henstridge
The flac might be usefull for storage(no loss of quality, and the memory required for the audio is nothing compared to the memory for the video), as is the matroska container.
for streaming a combo of dirac, vorbis and ogg might be better.

Also waiting for matroska, flac and dirac to store all my films on the PC :-).