[Flac-dev] Re: UCI Project Announcement

ChristianHJW christianhjw at users.sourceforge.net
Tue Oct 22 04:12:03 PDT 2002

<alex at foogod.com> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
news:20020924181444.H16854 at firestar.foogod.com...
> Greetings all.. I'm sending this message out here because I suspect that
> folks involved in this project might be interested in the following.  If
> is not the case (or this is not an appropriate forum for this sort of
thing) I
> apologize in advance..
>                Project Announcement and Call for Participation
>                -----------------------------------------------
> The Universal Codec Interface (UCI) Project is aiming to create a
> well-designed, portable set of programming interfaces for multimedia
> applications and codecs to interface to one another on unix-like (and
> potentially other) operating systems.
> The UCI system is intended to provide an interface which is both
> enough to allow easy ("plug and play") use of any codec by any
> while being flexible enough to allow sophisticated use of specialized
> features by applications designed to take more thorough advantage of
> codec implementations, or even to allow the user to control codec features
> which the application itself may not be directly aware.  It is not tied to
> particular system or set of other libraries (such as graphical
> and is intended to be lightweight and as efficient as possible so as not
to get
> in the way of application/codec builders.
> We are interested in developing an interface which is well thought-out and
> meets all the needs of multimedia applications and codecs, both now and in
> future.  To this end, we are inviting (and encouraging) participation by
> and all current multimedia developers or other interested parties, to
> input and feedback on developing UCI specifications, suggest features,
> contribute code, or simply keep up to date on the current state of the
> UCI is an Open-Source, Open-Spec, Peer-Directed project.  Choice of
> and related issues are still somewhat under discussion.  Contributions and
> feedback in this area are welcome, as well.
> Everyone and anyone interested in contributing, knowledge, skills,
> thinking, or anything else that might be useful to this project is
welcome!  It
> is our hope that through the participation of a range of contributors from
> various backgrounds, we will build a system which is useful and effective
> everyone's needs, and will significantly simplify the development of both
> platform-specific (linux, etc) and cross-platform multimedia software now
> in the future.
> Those interested in the UCI project should visit the project web page at:
>   http://uci.sourceforge.net/
> A public UCI-Devel maillist is open to participation by everyone.  To
> subscribe, point a web browser at:
>   https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/uci-devel
> We also have an NNTP gateway, web archives, and an IRC channel on FreeNode
> discussing UCI development.  More details can be found on the main project
> page.
> Some basic specifications and documentation as to the current direction of
> development are available from the main project page.  Please note that
> "specifications" are preliminary and subject to change based on feedback
> the larger multimedia community.  If you see something that looks wrong,
> please feel free to contribute suggestions to the UCI-Devel maillist.
> Thank you all for your kind consideration,
> -alex

Hi folks,

please allow me to raise the subject again. Anybody had the time to check
http://uci.sf.net yet ?

The MCF team meanwhile has decided to use UCI as the only codec interface to
libmcf, at least for native MCF streams. There was also interest from the
XviD team to use UCI, at least in addition to the currently existing VfW
interface. A mplayer wrapper for UCI seems feasible and the OpenBeOS
mediakit people show big interest to make UCI the new codec API for their
opensource implementation of BeOS. Good input to UCI came from gstreamer
people, especially Erik Walthinsen, its founder, and Thomas van der

Could you consider to add a UCI interface to your codec ? IMHO we have a
good chance to get some level of standardization in the opensource media
world, we shouldnt miss it.


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Soon : www.corecodec.com

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