[Matroska-devel] Re: [Media-api] Design ideas for the editingsystem.

Paul Bryson paul at msn.com
Thu Jan 29 21:30:39 CET 2004

"Cyrius" wrote...
> --- Toby Hudon <gldm at mail.com> wrote:
> > > One feature we need is the easy transcoding of AVI files into
> > > files. With an option to keep VfW/DShow/ACM compatibility or
> > convert to
> > > the native Matroska format.
> > >
> >
> > I think our best best is the photoshop-like approach. Force
> > everything into a single multitrack MKV for editing when we load it
> > as a source, then perform conversion back to other formats like AVI
> > at final render time if the user specifies that in options. Since
> > editing assumes we're going to be making changes, there's no point in
> > preserving an existing container structure since we'll need to
> > completely tear it down to edit and rebuild it for final output
> > anyway. For transcoding I suggest we just completely rip the existing
> > streams out of the source file with appropriate container demuxers
> > and re-mux them into the project MKV as direct stream copy, so
> > there's no decode/encode. That should be possible, right?
> I disagree here.
> We are talking about a video editor, i.e. projects that could be 2GB
> large or much more. The users won't wait for a 2GB file to be saved
> each time they save the current state of their project because we find
> it convenient (not even talking about the user being angry to see 2GB
> or more free space lost because of that).

You could still use a Matroska file to store all of the editing information, but
just reference the original files.  You could reference Matroska Tracks by using
the "SegmentUID - TrackUID" method.


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