Whaaw Media Player
J. Anthony Limon
j at flippo.net
Sat Jan 2 22:26:00 UTC 2010
Charlie Kravetz wrote:
> On Sat, 2 Jan 2010 16:37:03 +0200
> Jarno Suni <jarno.ilari.suni at gmail.com> wrote:
>> In my experience, in practice most people need restricted codecs
>> including Adobe Flash plugin to provide a "complete" operating system
>> experience, so users have to install something anyway. Besides
>> different media players have different strengths in my limited
>> experience: VLC can handle different playback speeds even with audio*
>> and can be controlled nicely by lirc i.e. by remote control (although
>> it does not survive from suspend to RAM maybe due to the fact that I
>> have to restart lirc then). Xine is the best DVD player (I mean it can
>> play some DVDs that e.g. VLC can not, totem can not play DVDs from iso
>> files: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/totem/+bug/122635.)
>> Kaffeine is the best player for digital television. Totem has the best
>> mozilla plugin although it is not perfect, so sometimes you have to
>> use the mediaplayerconnectivity add-on and another media player; in
>> some cases even that trick does not work, but that could be also web
>> service's fault. As for random access of video streams, Flash player
>> is usually the only working solution, if it can be used with the
>> network service in question, though it needs a powerful CPU at least
>> in full screen mode. Flash player can't survive suspend to RAM...
>> *) alsaplayer can handle different playback speeds even better, but it
>> is only an audio player and besides can't play mp4a.
>> In summary, media player experience in Ubuntu is still far from complete.
> I don't think anyone claims it is complete, but giving a user the best
> experience we can is important. At least when we give them Totem Movie
> Player, it is a starting point. Most normal users are not going to
> install all possible players to see which one works best for them. They
> do, however, want something. Totem requires the least work for the
> limited Xubuntu development team, since it is used in Ubuntu also.
Well to be fair, Totem is no more complete than really any other media
player which uses gstreamer. Totem's "completeness" is almost ENTIRELY
dependent on gstreamer, same as Whaaw or Parole, so I think it's a bit
unfair to say Totem is any better than either one.
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