[theora] Where's TrueCast5?

Ralph Giles giles at xiph.org
Sun Feb 1 13:29:22 PST 2004

On Sun, Feb 01, 2004 at 01:16:12PM -0500, Lorne Covington wrote:

> Supposedly On2 transferred their Video Recorder and TrueCast5 streaming server into opensource along with VP3.  Theora is obviously the VP3 project, and while I can find nothing on Xiph about it, the recorder source is offered on vp3.com; but I can find nothing on Xiph or vp3.com about what happened to Truecast5.  I contacted On2 about whether TrueCast5 was really going to be open source, and they simply replied "This decision in entirely in Xiph's court."

Interesting. I didn't know anything about it, beyond On2 wanting a PVR application based on 
theora. What does it do?

> I think having a full opensource, license-free streaming system would create a revolution in on-line video, and either TrueCast5 needs to be opened up, or Icecast needs to add video streaming ala Shoutcast did with NSV (which is VP3 based, btw).

As mentioned, icecast and real (or at least helix) support are planned. We'd really like someone 
to do quicktime components too. So it really depends what TrueCast has to offer over the other 
competing systems.

> So what gives?  Can I help?

Of course! Writing a quicktime component or patching icecast to support theora would both be 
extremely helpful in this direction.

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