[Sidefx-houdini-list] "You can't polish a turd" - was Siggraph & Maya..

Achim Kern achimkern at web.de
Wed Aug 19 12:58:06 EDT 2009

That's basically what derivative is doing with touchDesigner. They 
switched movie playback from quicktime to libAV, which is the library 
behind VLC.

> On 08/19/2009 01:41 PM, Drew Whitehouse wrote:
>> The problem *is* the cross platform support and the myriad codecs each of
>> the container formats allow (mov, avi, wmv, mkv etc), and many of them
>> proprietry and/or platform specific. Movie formats are also a hornets nest
>> of patents. Touch only runs on windows, so they can take advantage of MS's
>> DirectShow libs and Apples quicktime libs. I wouldn't be suprised if there
>> wasn't more lines of code in the VLC movie player than in the entire houdini
>> suite.
> There is VLC, the free movie player that plays (almost) anything.
> This is OSS. Why not base the COP on the VLC source and make this one 
> single COP OSS to comply with VLC's license (GPL)?
> If done cleverly, the COP code would be just a wrapper around the resp. 
> bit of VLC that deflates movies. Thus, with VLC getting updated, so 
> could that COP, no resources at Sesi would be required to deal with 
> issues that could arise through new(er) codecs.
> .mm
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