Recent Happenings

Sunday, May 4, 2008 10:17 - GNOME

Claude was kind enough to add JHBuild Manual to damned lies, in the infrastructure section; translations teams that were sitting on their 100% waiting for something to happen can rejoice, that's 561 new messages for you to translate. Keep up the excellent work.

Totally unrelated I played a little bit with Clutter to add nice explanations (fading in, moving out, with alpha channel) to some screencasts, as a proof of concept for some I would want to do at work (ultra-basic example, Epiphany on Acid3).

Clutter is really great there; but the whole screencast process is tedious at the moment, lacking solid tools. I had to resort to xvidcap for capture (Istanbul and Byzanz were failing, and I forgot about gtk-recordMyDesktop) and I had to write a Clutter program embedding a video texture, moving some rectangles and texts on it and recapturing it all again with xvidcap; tedious, as I wrote.

I thought a little bit about the correct architecture and I believe the ideal would be a gstclutteroverlay, just like there is gsttextoverlay; anybody working on this ?

> I thought a little bit about the correct architecture and I > believe the ideal would be a gstclutteroverlay, just like > there is gsttextoverlay; anybody working on this ?

Not me but sounds interesting enough to work on at some poing in future if nobody else beats me to it so i must ask, what exactly is this element supposed to do? A video transform element that takes a clutter texture and overlay it on top of video frames?

Comment by Zeeshan Ali on May 4, 2008 17:41

Maybe the right way would be to use a video editor supportings *effects* and *transitions*, which would permit to add all sort of captions, fading, cross-fading, etc.. We lack a good video editor for presentations ; outputting and playing SMIL would be a + as well as ouputing other common format (.flv/dirac/wmv/etc.. movies). Coding you own effect as you need them is certainly entertaining but not the way to go for all of us I think:-) Ambulant seems to support this kind of things (did not try it, just looked at the website).

Comment by bdauvergne on May 5, 2008 17:26

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