[Matroska-general] Re: Dirac Video Codec

Steve Lhomme steve.lhomme at free.fr
Fri Oct 1 11:58:46 CEST 2004

Hi Tim,

I'm glad that you contact our humble project for your codec.

Of course I would be very happy to be able to mux Dirac in Matroska. We 
have already worked with another developer that makes a wavelet-based 
codec called Warp. But it's just in early development for the moment... 
The good thing is that it might use the same principle as yours (or the 
opposite ;) of coding many frames into one big data packet, and generate 
a few frames from that packet. It's quite different than the usual IPB 
frames systems. But hopefully Matroska is already designed to support 
such cases.

The advantages for you is that Matroska is a project based only on the 
container and we make our best to make that part as good as possible. 
For example OGG was meant to carry Vorbis and now Theora and a few other 
codecs. But IMO the design is not so good (the container is too much 
codec-related). I couldn't tell about MXF. All I know is that it's a 
professional class container, but maybe not good for everyday/basic use.

I could go on and on telling you why I think Matroska is great, but 
maybe we can wait a little for that ;)

We are a small motivated team, working for free and try to avoid getting 
into political/commercial holes. That's why we try to support every 
possible (and good) codec, regardless of where it comes from (MPEG, 
Microsoft, Real, etc).

Our goals for the end of the year are :
- finish the tag system (probably the most powerful one)
- add a menu system, based on the one of DVDs (but others could be used too)
- add WavPack support which will need a feature that is not used by any 
codec so far

 From that point Matroska will be considered as stable and 
full-featured. (maybe it would be nice to see if it fits your needs too, 
before considering the big part is done)

Finally Matroska can be played and created on Windows, Linux, Mac, BeOS 
and even Pocket PC. All the code is open-source and cross-platform. 
There are a few C++ implementations, various ones in C and one (probably 
incomplete) in Java.


Tim Borer a écrit :

> Message body follows:
> Hi,
> I am the project manager for the Dirac Video Codec 
> (http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/projects/dirac/  &  
> http://sourceforge.net/projects/dirac)
> Dirac is a pure video codec. But oviously we have aspirations 
> to stream it etc. To do so we will need a container format. 
> Possibilities are Ogg, MXF or Matroska.
> I writing to make initial contact. Would you be interested in 
> being able to wrap Dirac in Matroska? What would be the 
> advantages to us? What would we have to do to achieve this?
> Regards

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