[Matroska-general] Get matroska in the news again

Christian HJ Wiesner chris at matroska.org
Wed Mar 24 11:29:33 CET 2004

Christian HJ Wiesner wrote:

> Hi,
> it has been a little bit silent with respect to matroska marketing 
> lately, that was mainly my fault because i couldnt invest as much time 
> as i wanted into matroska recently. Just to inform you about whats 
> planned for the near future :
> 1. New matroska packs :
> Nibor has uploaded a test version of the next packs, 1.0.2 . As some 
> of you maybe dont know it, on many forums our  matroska pack has a lot 
> of fans because its installing most of the stuff you need for 
> DivX/XviD playback, and is tiny and slim. Unfortunately it also had 
> bad press because of the problems caused by mmswitch coming with it, 
> especially in combination with some older codec packs ( after 
> installing matroska pack, in some severe cases no single AVI/MPEG 
> would play anymore ).
> My special thanks goes to our new team member Deedlette, who has been 
> a firm protagonist of the matroska packs on various forums, mainly on 
> http://suprnovaforums.org, and is mainly responsible for the great 
> success the pack has even with non-matroska users. Welcome in the team 
> Deedlette, we're glad to have you here !
> The new pack will disable mmswitch by default, and come with an info 
> page about when it is needed, as well as where to get better players 
> with built in switchers. A link for those wanting to test is here : 
> http://www.wiesneronline.net/downloads/matroska/Matroska_Pack_Full_v1.0.2_test.exe 
> This version does still contain some grammar bugs in the Info page, 
> but they were all corrected thanks to the great input from alexnoe 
> already. I hope that Nibor had the time to correct most of them in 
> latest version, and i guess we will put it online as soon as he's 
> ready to go ( great work Robin, as always :-) ! ).
> 2. TCME :
> After the meeting last friday night it became obvious that jcsston has 
> done some great work with respect to TCME already. His work was based 
> on robux4's native MSVC port, and he has successfully ported many 
> different plugins already. Only a nasty bug in the matroska muxer 
> makes it impossible to release a first beta version already, including 
> the capability to make a simple transcoder based on a XviD encoder 
> plugin, allowing to create native MPEG4 MKV files from AVIsynth ( AVI 
> ) input files.
> I will talk to Jory how we proceed here now, as it was decided that 
> Gstreamer will be ported using mingw instead, making most of jcsston's 
> porting work on the plugins redundant as he had told me. During the 
> meeting on IRC i made clear that jcsston will have the last word about 
> this, because it doesnt help at all if other people make decisions he 
> wont accept, and all work on TCME stalls because of that. We better 
> have a working solution based on a fork of Gstreamer, than no solution 
> at all IMO. Mosu promised to try to port Gstreamer via mingw this 
> weekend, but i know he was busy with other stuff.
> Jory also was briefly mentioning the possibility to use something like 
> a hybrid solution, where the gstreamer core gets ported via mingw, but 
> the plugins are ported natively, using MSVC for the compilation. I 
> hope to be able to talk to him about that soon, so we can come up with 
> a working strategy on how to proceed from where we are. Again, i 
> expect once we release a first working version of this, and show the 
> people what power is sleeping in this, we will see people jumping in 
> to help us. It seems all thats missing now is that we find the bug in 
> his ported matroska muxer plugin.
> 3. MIME types :
> Is it possible to undergo the process of registering matroska as a 
> MIME type, based on the great work of Martin Nilsson ? Shouldnt  we 
> publish his specs on our homepage, and give him CVS access so he can 
> update it once he makes some changes ?
> 4. MPC :
> I will visit CiTay tomorrow night in Kamen, and receive Frank's PC 
> form him. My plan is to be able to visit customers somewhat close to 
> him in the same week wednesday, and to deliver the PC to Frank. This 
> is necessary because i will leave to China for 10 days next week 
> sunday, so i have to deliver it before or Frank will get it 2 weeks 
> later only. Expect some hooray on most of the public forums, if i hand 
> the PC over to Frank and make a picture of the shake hand in his 
> appartment. Hopefully Frank will be able to give us some new code to 
> play with, because MPC in matroska would simply rock :) !!
> I hope i could give you some brief overview what the plans are for the 
> next weeks to make sure people see we are an active project, even if 
> the head devs are busy with more important private stuff for the time 
> being ( Jory, how is HTML2DVD doing ;-) ). Comments welcome, as always 
> :-) ....
> Christian 

No comments from the team on all the other points, except 3. ?? I expect 
some input guys :-) .....


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