Open-source Perian project to end development
Posted 15 May 2012 - 07:01 AM
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Posted 15 May 2012 - 10:43 AM
VideoLan's VLC Player supports FLVs. ( reference )
Posted 15 May 2012 - 10:44 AM
Not very likely -- but as the article noted, the project is open-source... someone might pick it up when it starts to break. (If you have a mind for programming codecs, that could even be you... )
Posted 15 May 2012 - 10:50 AM
Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:03 PM
I want quicktime player!
I hope someone can continue this in the same style and awesome the original team did. And i wouldn't mind buying it either! Say $5US for a license?
Posted 15 May 2012 - 06:36 PM
Not just FLVs, I am surprised by the myriad of digital video that I've found, been given to work with that is so near proprietary to make the consumer device that records it useless. Perian was truly the Swiss Army Knife for codecs. And while mainstream/purchased video may be H.264 and similar anyone who is trusted with vacation videos will miss this software. It and Quicktime has helped me. Nothing else has come close.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:04 AM
I want quicktime player!
2nd rate? Not. I've been using VLC Player for longer then Perian has even existed... and while it may not appear to be as polished as QuickTime, (in some ways) it is at least as reliable as QuickTime with Perian, plus, I'm pretty sure that VLC supports more codecs then Perian. Personally, I have had occasional failures with Perian, and I have had occasional failures with VLC... so realistically, no single solution for any given task is ever likely to be perfect. But there's no point in whining just because your "favorite" solution is living on borrowed time.
I've seen many of my own "favorite" solutions come and go... you use them while you can, and move on when they're gone. They're just tools, people.
Now, having said all of that...
Ordinarily, "open-source" means that what you're suggesting simply can't happen, due to license constraints -- but it appears that Perian was distributed under the Lesser GPL, which permits commercial use of the code. So yeah... someone might eventually take you up on that, if the perceived market warrants the effort.
For that matter, it just occurred to me that it may even be possible for Apple to pick it up themselves and release it as a sub-component of QuickTime, at no cost to them -- aside from the time required of a developer to maintain the code, of course. You never know...
This post has been edited by zarmanto: 16 May 2012 - 06:07 AM
Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:06 AM
Thank you to the developers of Perian. So sorry to see the run end. I hope some good developers will be able to pick it up and continue the valiant efforts done by the current Perian developers. Would be such a sad thing to lose such a great project....