[vlc-devel] Re: Status of firefox and/or activeX plugins
dale at ucsc.edu
Wed Sep 27 22:31:18 CEST 2006
I think getting progressive download working should be an important step
to complete in the process of having it take over the role of the other
web browser video plugins. As implemented on windows in 0.8.5 it /does/
take over video rendering from other plugins like quicktime and windows
media. The problem is that it attempts to stream the video in low
bandwidth environments or sometimes downloads the whole file before
resolved. A user controlled progressive download system similar to
quicktime would be ideal :)
In terms of documentation for quicktime:
( a lot of those features are very rarely used though)
I am sure there is something similar for windows media player as well....
Damien Fouilleul wrote:
> Jonas A. Larsen wrote:
>>> I am also pushing for plugin development...
>>> I made a simple spec for an ideal feature set:
>>> and I have downloaded the vlc source code and hopefully I will have
>>> time to get familiar with the code base and contribute in that area.
>>> I have also been trying to push the firefox developers to move forward
>>> on native ogg support in firefox.
>>> We should have a better open video support in web browsers soon :)
>> Well for my self at least, it really isn't about having an open source
>> alternative for website creators. For me it is entirely about having an
>> alternative to using a windows pc. Currently embedded streaming
>> (which is
>> pretty much all streaming) on Linux doesn't work with vlc. As far as
>> I can
>> tell the vlc plugins only work if u write html pages to use it
>> and this is what I don't get. As far as I could read out of hartmans
>> response, there is pretty much no big technical blockers for making vlc
>> impersonate being wmp or qtp. We can already play the vast majority
>> of flash
>> and wmv files, so my question was again: What's required for firefox or
>> other browsers to be able to use the vlc plugin for ALL embedded
>> on webpage's?
>> Maybe Damien, who more or ,masterminded the plugins, could list what's
>> missing for vlc (both activeX and firefox plugin) to be able to
>> "takeover" a
>> browser and be used for all streaming.
>> Best regards
>> PS: I LOVE VLC!
> Yes, it's possible for VLC to mimic other players in firefox,
> APIs and HTML tags.
> I've thought of implementing a basic set of WMP apis on the mozilla
> plugin, but time is really the showstopper in my case.
> is starting from a root object.
> Therefore VLC can have multiple of those hierarchies and use the root
> object that matches the media player VLC is trying to impersonate to
> talk to the browser.
> All that needs to be done is to create those hierarchies :)
> Actually, VLC already contains an example of those hierarchies, as
> but it is also backward compatible with the old APIs in 0.8.5.
> There is a root object for the legacy APIs and a root object for the
> new APIs, VLC chooses the legacy APIs root object by default but it
> will use the new root object if you give the right trigger, which
> currently is a VERSION tag (although I'm thinking of using a mime-type
> as well)
> I'd welcomed anyone who's willing to code a new hierarchy of
> document them for myself or others to implement
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