Re: Gnome Media Library

While this wouldnt work for non gui saveing, a gdk-pixbuf-save lib could
be created that takes plugins for saving. when the lib recieves a request
to save a pixbuf, it could load the plugin and the plugin would bring up a
window with all of its options. Similar to how the gimp brings up a window
for config after you tell it to save the file as a spacific type.

On Wed, 22 Mar 2000, Lauris Kaplinski wrote:

> On Wed, 22 Mar 2000, Mo McKinlay wrote:
> > 
> > # The first thing that SHOULD be done, is to settle or implement standard
> > # file loading libraries for video and audio, like gdk-pixbuf is de facto
> > # standard for images. It is extremely inconvenient, if every simple program
> > # requires different kind of libraries simply for loading .mod tunes.
> > 
> > You might want to briefly skim over the way BeOS does things - a lot of
> > its APIs are centered around A/V file handling and it has a very nice
> > pluggable architecture. Perhaps there's some things in there that GNOME
> > can learn from?
> > 
> > For example, there's a generic utility (its name escapes me) which
> > converts from one digital media file format to another - say, for example,
> > QuickTime movie to Intel Indeo-compressed AVI. The utility itself knows
> > nothing about the various formats involved; it just knows how to
> > read/write "multimedia" files. The libraries do the actual dirty work, and
> > the capabilities (formats supported, codecs, etc), are all not a whole lot
> > more than plug-ins.
> In a thread about image saving in gdk-pixbuf there was (as much as
> I remember) the final consensus, that implementing universal saving
> interface is not a good thing. Every file format simply has a bit too much
> and too different adjustable parameters. Universal writing interface would
> probably ignore most of them, thus generating less-than-optimal quality
> files.
> Or am I missed something?
> L.
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