[mythtv] Ticket #3394: GPL FLV Player for MythWeb

Jean-Philippe Steinmetz caskater47 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 2 01:16:02 UTC 2007

On 8/1/07, MythTV <mythtv at cvs.mythtv.org> wrote:
> #3394: GPL FLV Player for MythWeb
> -------------------------+--------------------------------------------------
> Reporter:  anonymous    |        Owner:  xris
>      Type:  enhancement  |       Status:  new
> Priority:  major        |    Milestone:  unknown
> Component:  mythweb      |      Version:  head
> Severity:  low          |   Resolution:
>   Mlocked:  0            |
> -------------------------+--------------------------------------------------
> Comment(by xris):
> youtube, etc isn't written in Flex.  There are (primarily) two different
> languages for creating swf files:  Flex and Actionscript.  The Flash IDE
> uses Actionscript, which is what most commercial programs are designed in.
> caskater opted to use Flex for this project because it does not rely on a
> proprietary for-pay IDE to design.  However, I've since been informed that
> there are actionscript editors out there, includingt eclipse, ant, mtasc
> and swfmill.  I have no problem switching to an actionscript-based
> solution (especially if it means the filesize will be smaller), but it
> would be bad to reinvent the wheel here when the current player works well
> enough.
> --
> Ticket URL: <http://svn.mythtv.org/trac/ticket/3394#comment:28>
> MythTV <http://svn.mythtv.org/trac>
> MythTV

I won't get too nitpicky, but the player is actually written in ActionScript
3.0. It merely uses Flex as the compiler. The difference here between Flex
and Flash IDE is the use of a .mxml instead of .fla to bring all the assets
together. The reason why the file size is a little bigger is mainly due to
the fact that Flash IDE has pre-built flv players ready to use out of the
box, whereas Flex does not so it wouldn't compile even if I wanted to try
and use them. I imagine the pre-built players are more optimized.
Unfortunately, due to the nature of how the encoding is occurring with
ffmpeg the pre-built players may not be useful anyway. So theoretically the
player could be compiled in Flex, Flash or whatever other swf creator
application there is as long as it supports ActionScript 3.0. Should this
functionality ever find its way to be included in a release I will spend
more time on it to optimize and improve overall functionality. Until then I
just don't have much time to dedicate to it.

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