[Matroska-devel] Re: [gst-devel] Gstreamer and matroska - theopensource answer to VideoforWindows/AVI and Quicktime/MOV ?

Ronald S. Bultje R.S.Bultje at students.uu.nl
Thu Mar 18 22:58:11 CET 2004

On Fri, 2004-03-19 at 04:28, Paul Bryson wrote:
> I would prefer most things over Ogg because at this point it only stores Vorbis,
> and soon officially Theora.  Perhaps Matroska and NUT would be evenly preferred?
> Although, I imagine that (like every other program) GStreamer would only allow
> selecting a single initial default.  But what would you pick?  If you would
> indeed prefer an open format, then Matroska seems the obvious choice here.  It
> will store anything, and is already in 'wide spread' use.

We don't. We let the app decide, we let randomness decide, we let the
alphabet decide, I don't know. We won't have any official "GStreamer
file format" like Quicktime of VfW which is widely advertised on our
website, in each of our apps, etc. If we ever set "ranking icons" for
favoured or unfavoured formats, Matroska will get the same icon as other
container formats that meet our requirements similarly well. Etc.

Ogg is evenly preferred because it allows for storage of video and audio
using open container, video and audio codec. That's good enough. Note
that we don't have an Ogg muxer yet, though we're eagerly awaiting one.

Nut is currently vapourware (or under development; whichever you
prefer), see Michael's comments several months ago on ffmpeg-devel at .
Besides, we don't have a Nut muxer.


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