[linux-audio-dev]Using python for small multimedia app ?

Paul Winkler pw_lists at slinkp.com
Thu Jun 3 12:58:06 EDT 2004

On Thu, Jun 03, 2004 at 11:54:56PM +0900, Cournapeau David wrote:
> Hi there,
> 	I am discovering python, having looked for a matlab-like 
> 	environement. I am wondering now if it is possible to do some small 
> multimedia applications with it; more precisely, I would like to develop a 
> scientific application for audio/video analysis. Basically, I need to 
> show an avi
> video with a synchronised waveform view of the sound, and some other 
> features views, like the pitch of the film voices (the actual pitch 
> detection doesn't need to be computed on the fly).
> 	Python seems really great for rapid developement, but I wonder if it 
> 	is possible to play different media synchronously (the media decoding 
> itself will be of course coded in C/C++) with it? Does anyone here have 
> any experience with multimedia and python ?

I'm a full-time python/zope hacker but never done any multimedia
apps with python. 
but here's some libs you might look at:

Numeric (c extensions that give you high-speed matrix math stuff,
might be handy for DSP)

SciPi - extensions that give you lots of pretty fast stuff including
data visualization and DSP.

pygame - libraries for doing games and apps with openGL graphics,
includes a lot of handy multimedia stuff (e.g. an audio mixer).

pyUI - built on pygame, for general-purpose UIs.


Paul Winkler

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