Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sgine + VLC = Awesomeness

I have long been interested in being able to play video in OpenGL and if you look back at previous posts I've made here, as well as posts at you'll see most of my previous work has been around the use of JMC (one of the only cool things to come out of JavaFX 1.x). However, it had significant problems playing specific kinds of videos and was just generally buggy. In this new remix of Sgine I'm adding a new project that provides complete support for VLC through the use of the VLCJ project.

Here are a couple screenshots taken in my testing using "Better Off Ted":

Still very preliminary, but both sound and video are displaying flawlessly on the screen. The great features of VLC include the ability to play practically any video file or stream, record from a webcam, watch DVDs, play audio, and even record the desktop. This will open the door for lots of useful non-game applications utilizing Sgine I hope.

It will probably be a while before I commit this new project as I still have a lot of tweaking and customization to do before it's ready. Additionally, this will likely rely on the still undefined scenegraph model for this iteration so check back frequently as there's much more to come.

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