Contribution to Impress media controls

Rémi Barraquand dev at
Tue Mar 25 03:09:50 PDT 2014

Hello there,

I contact you as a teaching assistant from the Ensimag 
software engineering school from Grenoble, France.
Each year, our 2nd year students are contributing to open-source 
projects (usually by groups of 4 students) like Firefox, Git. This year 
we are interested to contribute to LibreOffice, and more particularly to 

Many teachers, from primary schools to universities, are using 
presentation softwares as support for their lectures. While many of them 
are using free and open-source softwares like LibreOffice Impress some 
of them are still using Microsoft Office PowerPoint. After asking 
PowerPoint users why they were still using this proprietary software we 
found that the recurring answer was: "With Impress I cannot control 
efficiently my video and sound medias like I do with PowerPoint". 
Indeed, a central feature for teachers, mostly in elementary school, is 
to be able to control animated media like short videos or sounds. In 
short they need to:

  * have multiple video/audio media on the same slide,
  * be able to play, pause, stop video/audio media,
  * be able to go scroll back and forth the audio/video media
  * choose a thumbnail for audio / poster frame for the video media

Few weeks ago we posted an issue on 
( to report this request.

I would like this year to have a group of students to work on this 
'media control' feature. For that I would like to discuss about that 
with the developer community (you guys). It would be awesome to have a 
referent developer actively involved in Impress to be in contact with 
the students and provide insights on how to address this improvement.


Rémi Barraquand, Phd
VP of Engineering at Carnot-LSI

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