[UCI-Devel] Re: [MPlayer-dev-eng] Re: [matroska-devel] Re: Common Opensource codec API

Steve Lhomme steve.lhomme at free.fr
Thu Dec 25 12:13:37 CET 2003

Attila Kinali wrote:

>>I 'd have high hopes on this also, but i am not convinced that it is 
>>possible to find a common denominator easily.
> Leaving all politcal reasons aside, i don't think that this is as
> easy as you believe. I only know the code of mplayer and parts of vlc,
> but sofar i've seen too many differences on how things are done,
> that a common plugin standard could be acchieved w/o turning all
> players into one using the same code base and ideas.
> Beside imho it wouldn't be a good idea. The power of opensource
> comes from diversity, if you restrict that by using a common plugin
> format that restricts the whole player to use this api/abi everywhere

Well, that's one side of opensource and its diversity. What are the main 
applications where opensource works ? Linux and Apache. Linux uses all 
the ideas that come from UNIX and is compliant to UNIX standards so that 
it can work. Apache is compliant with HTTP and HTTP only otherwise it 
would be useless... At one point if you want something to progress and 
succeed you have to fix a range of possible and impossible things. 
That's what needs to be discussed first. Then we'll see what projects 
could agree on something.

> I leave that stuff to people who understand much more
> about codecs than i do :)
> But that's definitly something that could be discussed
> at the video application developer meeting i proposed in a
> mail i send to a few lists earlier this week.

When and where is it ? Are Matroska ppl invited ?

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