[mythtv] [mythtv-commits] Ticket #2307: Add "libvisual" support to MythMusic

Colin Guthrie mythtv at colin.guthr.ie
Mon Sep 4 15:39:31 UTC 2006

Peter Stokes wrote:
> My reasoning for working on this patch/functionality was that I like the
> Goom plugin but my MythTV system (combined backend/frontend) struggles a
> little with it running at full screen (it's not exactly the fastest PC on
> the planet but I felt that a dual-processor AthlonMP +2800 with 2GB of RAM
> should probably be able to handle fullscreen music visualisation plugins). I
> discovered the ProjectM visualisation plugin on the internet and noticed
> that it uses OpenGL as a rendering mechanism, so I wondered if this would
> offer improved performance. I also noticed
> that libvisual support is listed in the MythMusic "Feature Wishlist" on the
> Wiki.
> I am reluctant to make changes to the MythMusic visualisation plugin
> architecture (in order to add parameter support or some form of dynamic
> enumeration) if such changes are unlikely to be supported. If there is
> support for such functionality I'd be happy to look into it and would be
> grateful of any guidance as to how it should work.

Personally I am all for this external dependancy. Especially if it is 
optional (as many of the components in MythMusic are already).

If libvisual is providing a good basis for visualisation plugins and is 
gathering a lot of support (I know Amaork uses it for example), then i'd 
happily say drop all internal visualisations in favour of libvisual. 
That way you can just say "if you want visualisations in MythMusic, 
compile up and install libvisual"! While I really like the philosophy of 
keeping external dependencies down, it's nice to move with the times and 
adopt the activly supported projects that can make MythMusic nicer.

Just my €0.02.



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