[linux-audio-user] gstreamer, rhythmbox, and mp3

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Tue Feb 6 03:12:46 EST 2007

Paul Davis wrote:
> On Mon, 2007-02-05 at 22:34 -0500, carmen wrote:
>>>> it solves a number of problems that nobody
>>>> else has bothered to solve.
>>> Like what? I play media stuff of all kinds without GStreamer even installed.
>> what happens when your card doesn't have dmix, and gstreamer is
>> already playing a stream at 48khz to hw:0,1, and another app wants to
>> play a 44.1 khz beep to the same output. does it via some mutex/IPC
>> magic switch over to software mixing the two streams, without
>> requiring a resident sound daemon? if so, i'd consider that a solved
>> problem that nobody else wanted to tackle..
> gstreamer doesn't solve that problem. far from it. other than the fact
> that it can talk to some audio sinks that do solve it.
> the kinds of problem i am referring to have to do mostly with complex
> sync cases when an app is playing two streams (e.g. video + audio) and
> needs to maintain careful sync no matter what the downstream data
> pathway looks like. also, it has some abilities to split and recombine
> data streams in ways that are not useful for everyday use but can be
> very handy in a toolbox.finally, the existence of *legal* MP3 codecs for
> gst from fluendo (with other codecs to come) should not be overlooked.
> i am by no means a gstreamer fanboy, but i do think that the gst
> architecture has evolved over quite a significant period to be able to
> do things that, AFAIK, no other media framework on linux does.

ok, sort of sounds like a solution in search of a problem to me. I guess 
I've not encountered anything needing it's abilities.

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