Steve Oualline -
Software Engineer
Speaking Topic: The State of Linux Video Tools

Steve Oualline is a software engineer with over thirty years experience. He is the author of "Practical C Programming", "C Elements of Style", "Practical C++ Programming", and "Wicked Cool Perl Scripts".

Dealing with Video files is a complex and difficult undertaking. One of the problems is that there are so many different video formats out there. There's DV used by camcorders, MP2 used by DVDs, as well as the many Quicktime codecs as finally Microsoft Windows Media player.

Getting a video to play can be a daunting task. There are many different players out there such as xine, mplayer, and vlc. Each one of them have different features and handle different codecs.

But to make things worse the lawyers have gotten involved and there is some software like libdvdcss2 which some people just won't distribute in the United States because of it's questionable legal status.

This talk covers:

  • This talk covers:
  • Major video playing tools
  • Major video encoding, deciding, and transcoding tools
  • The basic structure of a DVD and basic DVD authoring
  • Video editing tools and techniques
Presentation Slides: OpenOffice

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