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A free software fixed media format for HD video, based on open standards, with metadata and localization but no DRM restrictions
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Terry Hancock

467 backers pledged $21,421 to help bring this project to life.

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 be able to do if we go past 100%:

I can spend a little more on the packaging -- I might go with embossing on the cardboard packages or add a larger program insert into the deluxe packages.

I can also put some funds into projects to provide the kernel-driver support in Raspberry Pi to make a cheap player available. I would pretty much have to pay that money to other developers either on a commission or through some sort of prize.  I could then create a 3D-printed case design, or possibly go through a conventional plastics manufacturer to get cases made -- in other words I could make progress towards making a low-price embedded player available.

I might even find another title I can master in Lib-Ray format.

I'm so excited I'm going to be able to do this!

Thank you all very much for your support!

Comments

    1. Creator Joel Shapiro on June 1, 2012

      Raspberry Pi support would be aswesome, hopefully one day eh?

    2. Creator Terry Hancock on May 31, 2012

      Well, I got a different comment on the Raspberry Pi saying that the SoC probably can't handle 1080p VP8 even if the software driver were available, so maybe that wold be a bust. But of course, it's not the only system out there.

      Regarding non-free firmware or open hardware -- with the player, I am frankly not going to be as stiff-necked. Waiting for a fully open player solution might be too long of a wait.

      But clearly, if an open platform can do the job, that's what we should focus on. And as I understand it, Google released HDL for a hardware decoder for VP8, so it seems _somebody_ ought to be implementing it at some point in the not too distant future.

      There's also the possibility of using GPU-accelerated software decoding, as I understand it. It'll clearly take some more research to figure out the best platform for a hardware embedded player.

    3. Creator Phill Rogers on May 31, 2012

      Great to reach take-off. +1 for the Raspberry Pi player. Perhaps someone will have written completely free firmware for the Pi's graphics by then. But I can live with the compromise anyway. There are of course many other small HDMI/ISB/SD 'dongle' size devices to choose from, at least one of which uses the MAIL GPU which does have an open source graphics driver in the works. There are plans for a completely free EOMA-68 device too. However the cheapest current alternative is 3 or 4 times the price of the Pi, but you get a plastic case. I think by the time we're ready for a hardware player, the hardware scene will have moved on beyond anybody's current guess.

    4. Creator Carlos Solis on May 31, 2012

      About the Raspberry Pi: Don't. It requires nonfree firmware to make the graphics work.

    5. Creator Diane Rhodes on May 31, 2012

      Woot! Glad to hear this Terry! 'Bout time someone broadened access for media formats.

    6. Creator Natanael_L on May 31, 2012

      How would you handle movie playback on the Pi? External SD card reader, since you don't want the player SW on the card?