Multimedia: The Noatun Development Handbook

As you might know, Noatun (with a Kaiman module) is the new KDE 2.1 multimedia player. Noatun supports plugins on a very deep level, and a rich API allows large amount of control of the entire
application. A new document is now available with developer information on writing playlists, user interfaces, visualizations, and even coffee-makers for Noatun. ;-) Also available, an API reference.


Njaard you rewl!! :)

Noatun rocks!

By Christian A Str... at Sat, 2001/02/03 - 6:00am

is it possible to use it without arts?

By Evandro at Sun, 2001/02/04 - 6:00am

I wish!
Some work needs to be done on arts. It's a pain for me. It doesn't like my via sound chip. but the OSS drivers in 2.4 also has problems. the problem sounds like its treating a 48khz output as a 44khz one.

By Mark at Sun, 2001/02/04 - 6:00am

No, and it never will support arts.

However, some manufacturers don't think that 44100 is a good rate. morons.

Either way, send patches, help out, most of all! we're trying!

By Charles Samuels at Sun, 2001/02/04 - 6:00am

> > is it possible to use it without arts?
> No, and it never will support arts.

Uh? That's a double negative. How can it not support arts, and yet not work without it?


By Macka at Sun, 2001/02/04 - 6:00am

hmm. I need to think more before I press "Send"

I meant to say:
"No, it will never not support arts"

Now, that's a double negative, but at least it's accurate :)

By Charles Samuels at Sun, 2001/02/04 - 6:00am

LOL :-)


By Macka at Tue, 2001/02/06 - 6:00am

Arts sucks. All that modular stuff behind it are
great ideas, but in the real world I guess it
becomes the only really stinky thing in KDE2.
In my PII-266 usually crash few seconds after
launch, as eats all cpu and keeps waiting for more :-(
I don't believe a PIII 700 or an Athlon should be the entry level for sound in KDE! :-(

By Julio Cesar Gazquez at Mon, 2001/02/05 - 6:00am

I mean to say that I'll always require arts.

In fact, playing an MP3 here, without any effects or hoodad, it requires just a little more than mpg123, without any soundserver. I think that's pretty good.

About it crashing after a few seconds, your sound card's driver is probably sucky, we just need to get the little stuff worekd out.

aRts works well on system with good soundcard drivers, and good sound cards. Alsa is a good idea.

About skipping, the RT in arts means "Real Time", and it still just barely buffers. Give us a little time.

By Charles Samuels at Mon, 2001/02/05 - 6:00am

Hmm, that must be some problem with your soundcard/driver. I can use arts for hours playing mp3s with xmms and the xmms-arts plugin. No problems at all. It eats up quite some ressources, though but it doesn't crash. Then again I prefer being able to hear my ICQ messages while listening to music.

I have KDE 2.1 CVS from some hours ago and run Kernel 2.4.1 on an AMD K6/2 500. I used to have problems with arts crashing in KDE 2.0 but they're definately gone in the KDE Version I use now.



By Richard Stevens at Mon, 2001/02/05 - 6:00am

it even works okay, when compiling three or four KDE packages at the same time on the mentioned system ;)

By Richard Stevens at Mon, 2001/02/05 - 6:00am

Just noticed, noatun doesn't work in that version, though. Bugreport sent in ;)

By Richard Stevens at Mon, 2001/02/05 - 6:00am

I use KDE 2.0.1 on my FreeBSD 4.1.1 box. I'm running a K6-2 400 system with 128 megs of ram and a Yamaha OPL-SAx sound card using the pcm drivers.

Overall, KDE2 is quite nice. Although, the arts thing rarely wants to start. It usually crashes/exits without any explanation as to why. Sometimes I get a surprise by the Startup.wav when I first startx into KDE2, but it pretty much goes dead until I exit KDE2.

I just hope that the new KDE 2.1 version that is in development has better support for FreeBSD in general as well as a better working arts daemon.

Keep up the good work and don't forget that some of us BSD junkies do like KDE.

By Joey Garcia at Mon, 2001/02/05 - 6:00am

Sadly, mp3 playing still doesn't work in mpg123.

I think it's because of pthread support, or something funky going on. We're working.

However, I do believe it can play Wav files.

By Charles Samuels at Mon, 2001/02/05 - 6:00am