Getting Chromium onto the GStreamer lovetrain

Bastien Nocera is known for a lot of things. Most people in Gnome probably knows him as the maintainer of the Totem media player. In the Fedora community he is known as one who deals with a lot of the challenges around multimedia. Here in the UK he is also known as the only frenchman to ever get fully naturalized.

Anyway his latest effort is to try to try and kickstart some work in Google Chromium to get it to use everyone favorite media framework GStreamer. Bastiens explains a lot of his rationale in the Chromium bug report, but I am hoping to get others in the community to chime in too, and even if you don’t have anything new to add, just let Google know you care by starring up this bug report.


#1 Sandy on 01.22.10 at 17:32

Thanks for sharing this. The report linked to a similar one for Firefox that I was previously not aware of:

#2 ethana2 on 01.22.10 at 17:53


#3 FunkyM on 01.22.10 at 18:03

He is THE MAN. ;)

#4 mike on 01.22.10 at 18:18

hopefully we can get that HTML5 YouTube in Chromium then :)

#5 Rodney Dawes on 01.22.10 at 18:46

Now if only they could use proper GTK+ widgets, system webkit, and support a –new-window argument or something for opening pages in a new window instead of a tab, I might be able to switch…

#6 otte on 01.22.10 at 19:30

I’m pretty sure they are using system WebKit in trunk. I got a demo of their build system at the hackfest and it included checking out WebKit from upstream.
Gives you 1 out of 3 already. And the other thing it gives them is easy access to the GStreamer media stuff.

#7 Jeremy on 01.22.10 at 20:29

Not going to happen.

#8 Felipe Contreras on 01.22.10 at 20:42

Chrome needs codecs, not a mm framework. FFmpeg provides that.

It would be neat to get hardware acceleration, but I haven’t seen GStreamer, or anybody providing that, at least on the platforms I care about.

#9 Alex Converse on 01.22.10 at 22:56

Just to clarify, FFmpeg does support a variety of Hardware acceleration schemes including vdpau and dxva2.

#10 arpia49 on 01.22.10 at 23:35

Google Chromium? I think you mean Chromium (or Google Chrome).