I am very happy to announce the release of Transmageddon 0.7. This release of my simple to use video converter got some major new features. First of all it now sports full i18n support, thanks to a patch from Łukasz Jernaś. We only got Polish and Norwegian translations so far, but hopefully once I move Transmageddon into GNOME git, interested translators will find the infrastructure in place for easily adding more.
The second major feature in this release is that I did away with hardcoded element names. Instead I query GStreamer for possible plugins which I can then access using the GStreamer caps format. For instance to get mp3, instead of hardcoding the ‘lame’ element, I am now able to ask for a encoder doing ‘audio/mpeg,mpegversion=1,layer=3’ and GStreamer will provide me with any element I might have which supports creating mp3 files. The code for this is all in codecfinder.py.
As you might notice in the screenshot, Transmageddon now also displays the height and width of the video you are transcoding. Apart from the minor informational value this is not very useful atm, but it was a prerequisite for me to be able to add videoscaling support, which is my next step.
I also came across another python/gstreamer transcoder the other day, Arista. It got a pretty nice feature set already, and both application and website is a bit more polished in terms of looks than Transmageddon :) One thing I want to try to share with Arista is the XML device profile format, so that we can start building a database of profiles that can be shared between a lot of different applications.
Anyway, I hope people will try out this version of Transmageddon and let me know what you think. I am especially curious to hear how the automatic codec downloading stuff works for people.
Finally I would like to congratulate Frank his Coherence DLNA framework for being nominated to the 2009 Free Software Trophy in the multimedia category. Best of luck for the start of June when the winner is announced.
Entropy Wave launched
David Schleef who most of you probably know as a long time GStreamer contributor and the lead developer behind the Schrodinger Dirac library got the website up for his new company, Entropy Wave. David aims at offering various codecs and services for GStreamer and multimedia in general through Entropy Wave. At Collabora Multimedia we are looking forward to working with David and his company going forward. Lets just hope we can manage to get our own new website public soon :)