[linux-audio-dev] Lionstracs / Linux Audio at Musikmesse report

Dave Robillard drobilla at connect.carleton.ca
Wed Apr 7 17:07:43 UTC 2004

On 04/07/04 07:01:35, Benno Senoner wrote:
> Dave Robillard wrote:
>> You misunderstand.  I'm not saying you're stupid for suggesting  
>> using  the win32 codecs (if that's what you have to do to play the  
>> damn  things, that's what you have to do, it's hardly your fault).  
>> I'm saying  Lionstracs is stupid for requiring you to do so.  
>> Especially since they  sell Linux-running products, and have taken  
>> so much from the free  software world.
> The problem is that the guy that took the video used a camcorder with  
> firewire output, he is not a Linux expert, he uses windows on his PC
> which has very to easy tools to transfer the videos to the PC and  
> make a video file out of it.
> [snip]

> I'm against proprietary formats too but unfortunately there is no  
> pratical alternative yet (a format that can be easily viewed by  
> anyone).

MPlayer plays a whooole lot of formats (without using windows codecs or  
anything like that), far too numerous to list here; and you can  
obviously play them on a Windows or Mac machine.

Don't get me wrong, I can sympathise with the naieve camera user, but  
it's certainly not true that there are no formats out there that  
everyone can play!


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