It’s been a while…

17 February, 2010 (22:59) | News | By: Tristan

So, having spent a year or so backpacking around Australia, unexpectedly landing a job and settling in to a new life on the “wrong” side of the world, it’s time OggConvert got some development again.

We’re back, ladies and gentlemen.

Whilst we’ve been away, it’s become clear that Theora is in the middle of a pitched battle against H.264 for the future of web video. If it’s going to win, there need to exist tools to allow people to easily create and deploy Ogg video — and I’d like it if OggConvert could be one of those tools.

As such, I’m planning on adding a few new features to OggConvert over the next few releases, such as fixed-bitrate encoding, which have been on the “requested” pile for a while. There’s also a year’s worth of bug reports to get though — it’s going to be a busy time!

In the short term though, I’m planning on getting an “emergency” release of OggConvert out in the next week or so. This won’t have any new features, but will address issues that have crept up over the period of non-maintenance, most importantly Dirac encoding no longer being offered automatically (the GStreamer encoder changed packages, so OggConvert’s autodetection can’t find it any more).

I also have a bit of a request: if anyone has any short (max 1 minute long) videos featuring multiple audio tracks and/or multiplexed subtitles, they would be invaluable in letting me test various things in OggConvert. Please post links in the comments, or e-mail me at t.c.brindle at gmail dot com.

Thanks, and it’s good to be back!

Comments

Comment from WalterCool!
Time March 22, 2010 at 10:51 pm

And whats about second-pass encode?

Comment from rakotomandimby
Time April 8, 2010 at 6:47 am

Welcome back man! I also hope theora will win! :-)

Comment from Albern Simmons
Time June 3, 2010 at 4:19 am

Welcome back man! I also hope theora will win!
+1