I'd like to start by introducing myself, my name is Deric and I'm the new guy in the Crank Office. I've been at Crank for about 2 months now and if you're wondering why its taken this long to sign on and say hello it's because I've been so busy getting up to speed on Storyboard and all the other technology used here. I am really excited to be here and to be working with such a talented group of people on an incredible product.
One of the first things I was tasked with was looking at GStreamer and how we could leverage its multimedia prowess within a Storyboard application. GStreamer, for those of you who aren't familiar with it, is a development framework for creating applications like media players, video editors, streaming media broadcasters, etc. It has a rich API which allows you to hand off the complexity of decoding and de-muxing an incredible array of media formats and to focus on value-added features, things like intuitive user interfaces. GStreamer is the foundation of a number of media applications on Linux, big mainstream applications like Amarok and Totem, and experimental applications like Video Whale. As was mentioned in a previous post by Rodney, it's really cool to be able to add multimedia support to your Storyboard application with a few mouse clicks and to see video playback without the mass of code required to handle the various media formats you want to support.
I should have more to show on this in the next few weeks, and I'm hoping to put together a demo video showing off Storyboard and GStreamer in the near future.