Rocket/VLC-Standalone Python Extension Module Completed
Last year, I announced the decision to use the Rocket library for menus rather than WebKit, primarily for security reasons, although it's also worthwhile to make the package simpler to... Read more
Menu Internationalization Testing
I've completed the primary work on internationalization tests for Lib-Ray. After much searching for a better alternative, this is a combination of using ElementTree and simple regular-expression-based corrections to the... Read more
Switching the Lib-Ray HTML/CSS Menu Rendering Engine
After much deliberation and quite honestly, a bit of quiet whimpering, I have made the decision to remove WebKit from the menu part of the player, and replace it with... Read more
Progress: Lib-Ray Player
Progress for this week on the Lib-Ray Player software:
- Continued writing doctest unit tests in model.py
- Session, Volume, Archive tests passing
- Volume now recognizes and reads test volume, with necessary... Read more
Update for 2014
This is Rosalyn Hunter, co-producer of the Lib-Ray project with an update.
This last December, the Lib-Ray facility suffered a fire that damaged some equipment and set back our... Read more
Happy Halloween (and stuff...)
It's well past time for another update, and of course, the project is well into overtime at this point. I comfort myself that, of the 31 Kickstarters I've backed myself,... Read more
Template System (Lib-Ray Wizard)
Lib-Ray Template System
The Lib-Ray authoring wizard will include generation of menus from theme templates. I've been working the last couple of days on the internal side of this. The... Read more
"Tears of Steel", Wizard Software, and More Updates
Just a quick update on a lot of little points...
First of all, I can announce a small enhancement: the Blender Open Movie Collection release definitely will include Tears of... Read more
Experimenting and Coding: Lib-Ray Player
Last week I went through a lot of experimental work on the menu system. I'm currently coding a draft of the player code based on that.
Basically, there will... Read more
Lib-Ray Status and Immediate Plans
I've gotten more than a few concerned queries about how Lib-Ray is going, because there isn't a lot to show for it right now. I completely understand the... Read more
Milestone - Video Playback with Subtitles from Python
For the last week or so I've been putting in some serious work on Lib-Ray in hopes of having a nice milestone to report. A lot of that was trying... Read more
Hardware construction and sourcing
A quick update:
I am currently building the first of what will probably be three test HTPC machines for tryng out Lib-Ray. This one is an Intel SandyBridge-based HTPC, which... Read more
A Little Catch-Up on Lib-Ray
I know it has been quite a while since I've posted anything about Lib-Ray. As planned, I have spent most of this Summer obsessing on my own media project, "Lunatics".... Read more
THANK YOU ALL!
Wow! We made it to $21,421 / 112% (actually closer to 113% -- Kickstarter always rounds down), which will easily cover the project expenses and allow for a... Read more
Selecting the Subtitle Format
This will probably be the last update before the Kickstarter closes (early tomorrow morning for me). I've been addressing several of the issues that have been brought up in comments... Read more
Continuing to respond to issues raised during the Kickstarter campaign. This has been a very valuable part of running the Kickstart, by the way -- I've gotten much more feedback... Read more
Filesystem - Probably UDF
More responses to issues brought up during the Kickstart:
Using the UDF Filesystem
This is one I will probably have to do a little more research on, but my initial... Read more
Embedded Player Possibilities
More response to issues raised during the Kickstart:
Finding Dedicated Player Hardware
I've gotten a number of conflicting reports on what Raspberry Pi (among other embedded platforms) can and cannot... Read more
Logo design alternative
Since we're getting close to the end, I thought I'd post a few updates addressing design ideas that have been raised during the Kickstarter campaign.
A few people have... Read more
We have just passed 100%!
Well, it looks like I'd better start clearing the space on my calendar, because we just passed 100%! Hurray!
I should probably note some of the things that I will... Read more
New and Improved Front Page
I wrote a somewhat more personal version of the "story" behind Lib-Ray on my production blog for my own free-culture project, "Lunatics", which was mostly about why Lib-Ray was valuable... Read more
User Interface Design for Language Selection Menus
This is a reprint (or a preprint) of my column in Free Software Magazine on user interface design for language localization for Lib-Ray. Since Lib-Ray doesn't have region codes, releases... Read more
Richard Stallman weighs in on Lib-Ray...
Apparently news about the project is getting around. I wouldn't classify Stallman's interest as an 'endorsement', though he did say that "It sounds very good...".
Of course, that was followed... Read more
Lib-Ray Project and Discussion
Open Source Project for Lib-Ray Tools
I have just created a Google Code project for "Lib-Ray Video Tools" which will host (at least):
- A custom Python-based player using Gstreamer and... Read more
The emphasis of this project is not really on the programming
This Kickstart has been a major learning experience for me. In the year since I started experimenting with the Lib-Ray idea, I got very little feedback at all, so it's... Read more
What kind of subtitles to use?
What standard do you think we should use?
Since Lib-Ray will be an international standard, languages and localization are going to be a design challenge. The most obvious issue is... Read more
Two new reward tiers: PLATINUM SPONSOR and FILMMAKER
I've just added two new reward tiers for Lib-Ray:
PLATINUM SPONSOR - $600
This is the PLATINUM SPONSOR reward level without any HTPC player. It will include the mastered Lib-Ray... Read more
Lossless FLAC audio for Lib-Ray sound
This is a reprint of my article on processing the sound for "Sita Sings the Blues" and getting it ready for use with Matroska container for my "0.3" prototype. This... Read more
Creating the FLAC soundtrack for the "Sintel" release
This is a reprint of part of an article I wrote in Free Software Magazine a little over a year ago, when I was working on the "0.1" prototype for... Read more
The Choice of VP8 for Encoding Lib-Ray Video
The following is a reprint of my Free Software Magazine column documenting my prototyping procedure with the VP8 video codec, as well as the objective PSNR and SSIM testing of... Read more
The Choice to use MMC/SDHC Media for Lib-Ray
This is a reprint of my recent Free Software Magazine article detailing the thought process behind using SDHC media for Lib-Ray. This article alludes to the fact that there is... Read more
New Reward Option - $85 for Both Releases in the Deluxe Packaging Option
It has just been pointed out to me that I neglected to include a reward option that combines both of the releases in the deluxepackaging option that is similar... Read more
What Lib-Ray is and what it is Not
I've seen some discussion of Lib-Ray on several different forums which appearsto betray some basic misunderstandings about what it is and what it isn't. I'm going to start with... Read more
Wow! We're at 46%, Thank You!
A very special "Thank You" to Michael Tiemann's Manifold Recording for our first corporate sponsorship! Between that and continuing support from over a hundred individual supporters, we're now at 46%... Read more
Five ideas for escaping the Blu-Ray blues
This article, reprinted from Free Software Magazine ( http://fsmsh.com/3511 ) provides my own motivation for launching Lib-Ray (the name was suggested to me after I wrote this). Also, I had... Read more
Packaging design for "Sita Sings the Blues"
I made mock-ups of the deluxe packaging option I've put together for the Lib-Ray video releases to show you, but they didn't show up all that well in the video.... Read more
About Raspberry Pi and Embedded Players
I've had a couple of suggestions that an affordable player for Lib-Ray could be made with hardware such as the "Raspberry Pi" single-board computer. This is an interesting possibility, and... Read more