LiveCode 8 and a new video player?

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Fri Jun 5 11:34:24 EDT 2015

Mark Talluto wrote:

> On Jun 4, 2015, at 5:06 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
>> Besides, RunRev has already decided to support media playback on
>> Linux. The only new question I'm raising here is whether it needs
>> to wait for The Ultimate Widget, or could we please have a few
>> lines of C++ to tide us over for the next year or so.
> Fully understood. I know you have a bug/enhancement report on this.
> What is the status from LiveCode?

Very good new on the Windows front:  somewhere between the last time I 
tested and now, #5886 appears fixed; both currentTime and startTime work 
well in v7.0.5 under Windows 8.1 - many thanks to Panos Merakos at 
RunRev for taking the time to follow up on this one.

    "'start player' ignores currentTime w/dontuseQT"

It would be helpful if anyone here has time to test that under Windows 7 
or 8.0 to confirm there are no remaining issues with those versions either.

While reviewing player-related bugs I was also able to confirm that this 
report submitted by another member here is apparently also fixed:

    "Revolution plays WMV files unreliably"

Trevor's comment #4 there notes the engine was using the deprecated MCI 
interface at that time - might that have changed since then?

I tested WMV, MP3, AIFF, and a few other formats, and they seem to play 
well in v7.0.5 under Win 8.1.

I was also unable to reproduce this one, though again it would be 
helpful if others here have a chance to test under Win 7 or 8.0 to confirm:

    "Movies on network volumes can't used with player object"

Unfortunately the most popular codecs do not work in 7.0.5 under Win 8.1:

    "Support mp4 and h264 without QuickTime"

Still, good progress on the Windows side, and hopefully those codecs can 
be supported without much effort.  The MP4 files I tested with play well 
in the Windows Media Player app, so we know the OS includes the codecs 

As for Linux, the crasher I reported has been confirmed:

I haven't heard anything from the team directly, but the activity on 
#5886 suggests that they're reviewing at least some video issues, and we 
know that crashers tend to get priority.

With any luck, once the crash is resolved we'll be able to make sure 
currentTime and startTime work as well on Linux as they do on Mac and 
Windows now, and with that I'll be able to do what I need with video for 

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
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