[theora] More information on GSoC project

Ivo Emanuel Gonçalves justivo at gmail.com
Tue Apr 1 09:10:26 PDT 2008

Thanks to Saul for a great response.

I was the one who added that project idea.  Some back story:

Last year, I used GIMP for a job and found a video encoding option.  I
was pretty disappointed that one of the big free software projects
considered it more important to support non-free video than our

I asked around in the GIMP IRC channel, and the response was "we don't
care about Theora.  no one uses it.  if you'd like to provide a patch,
we may accept it"[1].   Of course I don't know enough about GIMP and
the GAP component to do it myself, so I have been looking for a
programmer willing to do it.  With no success.

I threw in the idea in the proposed projects for GSoC to see if any
student would like to take over it, and I'm glad to finally see

Saul is clearly the one who can tell if this is feasable, but my idea
was to build a wrapper around png2theora.  So, I guess GIMP would
export all data to PNG first and then pass it through png2theora and
get a video file.


[1] actually their response was more rude than this.

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