[gst-devel] Getting mindshare

Myers W. Carpenter myers at fil.org
Fri Aug 18 17:51:09 CEST 2000

	Yesterday while trying to figure out why M$ Access didn't want to
access it's own varibles I wander into sourceforge and was looking at
the multimedia catagory.   To my surprise some other people have decided
to reinvent the wheel:

	gnoMedia player - http://sourceforge.net/projects/gno-media/
		gnoMedia is an attempt to bring an easy to use mediaplayer to 			the
GNOME desktop. We have seen a lot of players around but 	
		they missed the simplicity of installing and use. Therefore 
		this project was started. 
	Libmedia - http://sourceforge.net/projects/libmedia/
		Libmedia is the attempt to unify the APIs for the de- and
		encoding of media (video, audio, still images). The first goal
		is to create MPEG, MP3 and Ogg Vorbis decoders and provide a
		Gnome Widget that can play these streams.

	MPEG-I video/audio library - http://sourceforge.net/projects/mpeglib/ 
		mp3, mpeg video, wav,vorbis library. supports video cds,
		seeking, vbr files,icecast streams, very easy to use!

	Retina - http://sourceforge.net/projects/retina/
		Retina is a library for processing media in real-time, such as 
		MIDI, audio, or video.

	There are others, but those are the ones that seem to be doing stuff
almost entirely covered by gstreamer.  There is one other: libAV, but I
started first with that project and I'm trying to have it deleted from
	I'm thinking of evanglizing to some of these projects and seeing if I
can't convice some of them to add to the effort here rather that playing
with square things before finding round ones move better. 
	There are a few things I think we could also do to broadcast our
existance a little better (not saying we should do all of them, just
	- Change our freshmeat.net entry from Gnome/Core to X11/TV and Video
(this I did already)
	- Add Multimedia/Video and Mulitmedia/Audio to our Tove classification
topics (it's in the sourceforge.net project admin page so Erik would
have to change it)
	- Change our name.  GStreamer really doesn't evoke "Media Library".  My
sugguestion is "GNU Media Kit" or gmk for short.
	- Polish up gstplayer and announce it on freshmeat.net.
	- Come up with some short term goals, finish them and realise a new

	These are just some ideas.  


ps - Erik, what is the codec.org project and are you going to reuse any
of it in gst?

pps - looking forward to a week from now when I finally have some time
off to try my hand at a rtp plugin

You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me.

More information about the gstreamer-devel mailing list