The aRts/KDE Video Roadmap Meeting ending up having a fairly large turnout, peaking at 26 participants on the IRC channel. There was so much turnout, in fact, that participants could not agree on a single line of strategy for video development in aRts and KDE. Some wished for a successor to mpeglib, something that would work within aRts but with the optimizations necessary for high framerate video. Others saw no need for aRts itself to be extended for video, and proposed using one of two external video systems. Fortunately, there were volunteers willing to code for each approach, so development will commence on multiple paths concurrently. In time, when the results are mature and ready for use by KDE, one will be chosen to be part of the KDE Multimedia standard. Read on to find out more about the teams and the code already produced.
The teams are:
Team Blue, which will work on libav, the successor to mpeglib, and on integrating video into aRts. libav is in alpha status with version 0.1.0 available for download. Members of Team Blue count Ryan Cumming, Matthias Kretz, Charles Samuels, Martin Vogt, Stefan Westerfeld.
Team Red, which will work with the Transcode system, writing the code necessary for aRts audio integration and KDE application integration. A kde-transcode mailing list is is available for subscription.
May the best Team win!