Sadly I can’t attend this years GUADEC as it overlaps with my examination session. Nevertheless I had some spare time to do some useful, i.e. GNOME related, stuff.
Totem Arte Plugin 3.0.0:
I released a major update of the Arte+7 streaming plugin. Version 3.0.0 was ported to Gtk+ 3.0, Libpeas and GSettings and can now be used with Totem 3.x. I rewrote the parsing and loading of the video feeds to improve the robustness and the quality of the list of available videos. You can get the source tarball from here.
Totem Rotation Plugin:
Some videos that are created with hand held cameras or mobile phones are oriented in strange ways. I developed a plugin for Totem to adjust the orientation. The new orientation is stored as a GIO file attribute and it is restored the next time you watch the video. This completely new plugin is part of Totem 3.1.4.
As a part of the Physically-based Simulation class Martina, Fabian and I had to implement a small project. We decided to simulate snow fall and accumulation in real time. The wind field is calculated by solving the Navier–Stokes equations on a 3D grid. You can watch a video of our simulation on Youtube or download it from here.
The Totem Arte.tv plugin project is still alive. After Arte changed their video streaming platform we had to switch from WMV to RTMP streams. RTMP support is finally available in the latest (version 0.10.20) gstreamer-plugins-bad release. Nicolas Delvaux added many additional features like GNOME proxy support and asynchronous thumbnail downloading.
Enjoy watching Arte!
About a week ago Arte.tv changed their video service, which broke the Arte Totem plugin. Arte.tv no longer provides WMV streams, only a Flash player and the video feeds are crippled. Exciting improvements. *grr*
I don’t know how long this streaming server will be running. In the long run we will probably need a RTMP gstreamer plugin to play the Flash video content in Totem. HTML5 to the rescue!
I’m proud to announce the first stable release of the Arte+7 Plugin for Totem. It allows you to watch the streams listed on plus7.arte.tv with Totem in a convenient way. Sadly, this service is only available for users from France, Germany, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland.
Thanks to everyone who tested it, sent me feedback and patches. Notable changes since my last post:
- Preferences are hidden in the preference dialogue and stored in gconf
- Streams can be searched
- Stream thumbnail images are cached to improve the start-up time
- I18n support (Nicolas Delvaux)
- German and French localization (Nicolas Delvaux)
You can download the stable totem-plugin-arte-0.8.tar.gz or pull it from gitorious.org/totem-plugin-arte. Nicolas created an Ubuntu package in his PPA for those of you who are too lazy to compile it. It would be nice if someone from a country not supported by the Arte streaming service, could test the plugin too, to check if it behaves reasonable in such a situation.
Here is the reason why It was very quiet on my blog in the last months: In the ‘Computer Graphics’ lecture at ETH Zürich, Fabian and I had to implemented a raytracer from scratch. In the last week we rendered a video, which was the winning submission in the final rendering contest. You can download the video here or watch it on Youtube.