[LAU] VLC 1.0 and SMF (MIDI files)

hollunder at gmx.at hollunder at gmx.at
Sun Jul 12 18:11:36 EDT 2009

On Sun, 12 Jul 2009 01:13:00 +0200
Pedro Lopez-Cabanillas <pedro.lopez.cabanillas at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> VLC 1.0 has been released a few days ago. Congratulations, and big
> kudos to the VLC team! 
> 	http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
> VLC plays MIDI files, with the help of the FluidSynth MIDI
> synthesizer library. This is optional at compile time, so please
> install FluidSynth before compiling VLC. Here are the sources:
> 	http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/fluid
> If you want to play MIDI files, you need also a good SF2 SoundFont.
> Choose one matching your taste and the requirements of your MIDI file
> collection. I like this one: General User GS, by S. Christian Collins
> (30Mb)
> 	http://www.schristiancollins.com/generaluser.php
> Once you downloaded the SF2 file into /usr/share/soundfonts or any
> other suitable place, you should tell VLC about it. It is a bit
> hidden, but I can provide you a detailed map:
> Tools -> Preferences (Ctrl+P). VLC shows the preferences dialog.
> At the botton left, Show Settings: All (radio button). 
> The left side icons have changed into a tree with more options.
> Select: Input/Codecs -> Audio Codecs -> FluidSynth.
> Sound fonts (required): Here you can set the path to the GeneralUser
> font, or whatever other SF2 font you like.
> You can play now your MIDI files. From the Open File dialog you
> should select the filter "all files". You may want to use the
> playlist (menu: View -> Playlist, Ctrl+L) to organize and enjoy your
> MIDI collection.
> You can encode your MIDI files in other formats, in a similar way you
> use VLC to convert your video clips from one encoding/container to
> another. You can easily create MP3, OGG, FLAC, WAV and other types
> from your MIDI files.
> There was once a time when men were men and wrote their own SMF
> parsers and sequencers. Like the brave VLC's people. FluidSynth is
> used only as a MIDI synthesizer. Also, they don't use FluidSynth's
> output audio drivers, so you won't find Jack or PulseAudio output.
> It is amazing that a lot of VLC features are available in so many
> platforms. Of course there may be bugs. The ticket#35 says "World
> Domination", showing currently a work status of 20%. Maybe all
> together can help to fulfill the goal.
> Regards,
> Pedro

Nice, good to know it can do that but I'd be more happy about a
well working jack implementation ;)

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