[ANN] Quicktime Issues Wiki
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Fri Nov 10 10:14:50 EST 2006
On Nov 1, 2006, at 7:16 PM, Sivakatirswami wrote:
> Your post would indicate "all is well with QT, just don't expect to
> make chapatis with it."
Well, I don't know if I would say all is well with QT but it is
moving forward. I imagine the QT team has to make decisions and
allocate resources like everyone else and overhauling audio/video
architecture appears to be the primary focus right now.
> But I think Stephan's original point
> though is still good, answer to Greg's issues:
> identify some subset of functions we would
> like to have in QT that are now only available in Flash and tell
> Apple about it.
It is definitely a good idea to let them know what you want. Just
some history on this though - Interactive QT developers (LiveStage
Pro users mainly) have been lobbying Apple for interactive updates
for a long time. I think the millions of iTunes users hold more sway
when deciding where development dollars go though :-) Maybe once
this audio/visual stuff gets sorted out that will change. Who knows.
> e.g. I didn't see any reference to SMIL (my chapati) in the
> "Directions and Shifts of Emphasis in Quicktime 7" (yes -- very
> and encouraging to read that...)
> Goal would be: to use XML to "talk" to the video region in a
> streamed context
> in ways that can be scripted vs sitting in Final Cut Pro and
> building it all into a
> single .mov file. If QT SMIL support is not advancing, is there
> an alternative that accomplishes the same thing?
> I guess that is a question for Apple.
SMIL falls into the interactive realm I believe and so it would
appears it isn't receiving any love right now. Very unfortunate as
it is a great way to combine media. Whether there is an alternative
depends on what you are trying to do with SMIL. If you just want to
combine multiple clips into a single movie without editing in Final
Cut Pro then you could may be able to automate that in QuickTime Pro
or Revolution with the EnhancedQT external.
> Re the streaming problem on some of our windows users machines.
> I've isolated it to differences in connectivity that QT player can
> handle, but which the Rev Player object cannot. I'm going to
> get a bit more info from our users and will post a BugZilla
> on it when we have the data...
> I'm not privy to the depth of relationship between Rev Engineers
> and Apples QT team, but would hope that it got really "tight."
> to help solve such issues.
I don't know the answer to this either but I do know that there are
QuickTime engineers who have a soft spot for Revolution. There are
still engineers (at least one) who have been with QT since being
moved there from the HyperCard team. I ran into a friend of his (who
also worked on the HyperCard team) while demoing software at a
University. The software was made in Revolution and he was really
excited to see that HyperCard was still alive in a sense and how
people were creating things with it.
> You main point is good:
> QT looks very healthy on both platforms for the future, no need to
That is how it appears to me.
> Especially if one is going to create desktop apps then the
> Revolution Framework
> with QT embedded will let us do just about anything we want that we
> try in Flash...
Of course it depends on what you want to do with Flash but for what I
do the answer is yes. QuickTime is definitely making strides in the
QT Framework (lots of Windows integration improvements in QT 7 so it
appears to be a focus) so apps that depend on that QuickTime seem to
be in good hands.
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