Re: [gst-devel] Re: Helix Player virtual team meeting

Amen, I think we all share that vision. A good and OPEN video codec might change the world over night. An OPEN DRM perhaps even more-so. Perhaps the greatest shortcoming of the Helix Platform is that it is not an OPEN end-to-end A/V platform as promised yet. We call this the 'dirty sock' around here and are hoping that it gets washed in the next load...

On Thursday, December 11, 2003, at 10:52 AM, Lee Braiden wrote:

On Thursday 11 Dec 2003 6:30 pm, Andrew Sobala wrote:
But as hackers, a lot of us want our program *and all its dependencies*
to be Free so the whole thing can be modified, and given to our friend
across the road without breaking any laws.

Moreover, we like our end-products to be open too -- hence the enthusiastic investment in blender so that people can develop free models, free plugins,
free scenes, and free open source movies.  Hence, the interest in free
compilers for free code.

We don't want to produce videos in a closed format that aren't guaranteed to be available in future. No more than we want to distribute documents in Word format. We want to distribute videos that can be opened and edited on any open source platform, knowing that platform has and always will have the
tools available to use the video.

In this sense, real video formats, unless completely open, cannot ever be more
than backwards compatibility options to be replaced by Theora, etc.

Finally, and still most importantly for me, what Open Source desktops need most right now in terms of multimedia is a standardised API so that all video
tools can automatically access the same codecs, etc.

I want to know that any movies I make in a 3D app can be encoded in all of the formats my NLE app can handle. I want to know that my movie player can play them all back just as easily, and that my open source game can play them as
an intro sequence.  It's only logical.

So, while others question technical license details, I'm simply asking this...
what's being offered that Open Source needs or wants?

-- Lee.

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