[Sidefx-houdini-list] no audio playback w/suse 10.2 KDE

Peter Robbinson probbins at sympatico.ca
Thu Jan 17 11:29:43 EST 2008

I don't expect porting to OS X is a huge task, it's the support and the 
interface that needs to be looked at as well.

The underlaying OS   is linux so that could be straightforward, but just 
like Microsoft Apple has locked away a bunch of it.

Most of the stuff that bites an application have to do with the 
proprietary interface goop and considering the niggly bits that
hit Houdini with Linux, we would just add yet another OS that has to be 
dealt with. So additional staff needs to be added and the existing staff 
will have to learn the specific issues that will crop up.
In spite of the oohs and aahs regarding all things Apple, the OS isn't 
flawless and inspite of the desires Apple still only represents a very 
small percentage of the market.


Jed Schwartz wrote:
> Agreed!!
> Linux is great, but running houdini on OS X would be best! We're just  
> replacing one of our desktops  with the newest 8 core Mac- Dollar for  
> dollar, we got more power from apple then any of the PC venders-
> Would it be a nightmare for the developers to port houdini over to OS X?
> On Jan 17, 2008, at 1:01 AM, Lisa Reynolds wrote:
>> I *finally* got this working. It seems like Houdini is using the OSS
>> server which isn't supported on my machine. I found a wrapper called
>> aoss which teaches OSS applications how to play nice with ALSA. Once
>> I used it I got full sound out of Houdini.
>> In the hfs bin directory there is a script called
>> "startupScriptLINUX" where I changed the last line
>> from: exec $0-bin "$@"
>> to: exec aoss $0-bin "$@"
>> I'm not sure if this is the best place to make this change, but it
>> worked and now I'm a happy camper.
>> This is an example of why I *really* want SESI to create an OS X
>> native version of Houdini. I get so tired of spending hours trying to
>> configure tablets, soundcards, drivers, etc.. I can run every
>> application I need or want on Mac OS X except Houdini.
>> -Lisa
>>> Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 14:57:37 +0000
>>> From: "Peter Bowmar" <pbowmar at gmail.com>
>>> Subject: Re: [Sidefx-houdini-list] no audio playback w/suse 10.2 KDE
>>> To: sidefx-houdini-list at sidefx.com
>>> Message-ID:
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>>> Ah yes, good call Paul. I do make sure I'm only running Houdini  
>>> when I
>>> want to use Audio. No Xine or Firefox etc...
>>> Cheers
>>> peter B
>>> On 11/01/2008, paul simpson <paul at realisestudio.com> wrote:
>>>> lisa,
>>>> i also have sound to be picky with suse 10.2 kde & houdini.  i can
>>>> get it
>>>> working if i quit firefox - then start houdini.  i think that
>>>> firefox grabs
>>>> the sound if any web pages have embedded audio/video.  hope this
>>>> helps...
>>>> -paul
>>>> On 11/01/2008, Peter Bowmar <pbowmar at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> Hi Lisa,
>>>>> It works OK for me, however I'm not sure what advice to offer. I  
>>>>> use
>>>>> the Alsa sound drivers which I think is the default since I haven't
>>>>> meddled with anything in KDE vis a vis the sounds.
>>>>> Try going into Kmix and cranking everything up to 11 maybe?
>>>>> Cheers,
>>>>> Peter B
>>>>> On 10/01/2008, Lisa Reynolds <lisa at red3d.com> wrote:
>>>>>> I'm not getting any audio playback either through the file
>>>>>> setting or
>>>>>> the chop setting in the audio panel with H9.0.794 (64 bit) and
>>>>>> opensuse 10.2 using KDE. I can play the file fine outside of
>>>>>> Houdini
>>>>>> via realplayer. The file is 16 bit 44.1 kHz. I can see the  
>>>>>> waveform
>>>>>> in my timeline, but don't hear anything when I play it. Another
>>>>>> user
>>>>>> sent me some test files to try and I got the same results.  I'm
>>>>>> thinking this may be a KDE/Houdini interaction. I checked my KDE
>>>>>> settings and it mentions that it has complete control over the
>>>>>> audio
>>>>>> system but can be set to relinquish control if it is idle. It is
>>>>>> set
>>>>>> to do that after 5 seconds.
>>>>>> Does anyone using Suse 10.2 and KDE have audio playback working?
>>>>>> Any
>>>>>> thoughts of what else I can check?
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