News from the open media world

Today, there were so many news that I can only summarise them in a short post.

The guys from Collabora have announced that they are going to support the development of PiTiVi – one of the best open source video editors around. They are even looking to hire people to help Christian Schaller, the author of PiTiVi. The plan is to have a feature-rich video editor ready by April next year that is comparable in quality to basic proprietary video editors.

The BBC Dirac team have today announced a ffmpeg2dirac software package, which is built along the same lines as the commonly used ffmpeg2theora and of course transcodes any media stream to Ogg Dirac/Vorbis. With Ogg Dirac/Vorbis playback already available in vlc and mplayer, this covers the much needed creation side of Ogg Dirac/Vorbis files. Dirac is an open source, non-patent-encumbered video codec developed by the BBC. It creates higher quality video than Theora at comparable bitrates.

The FOMSFoundations of Open Media Software hacker workshop for open media software announced today the current list of confirmed participants for the January Workshop. It seems that this year we have a big focus on open video codecs, on browser support of media, on open Flash software, and on media frameworks. It is still possible to take part in the workshop – check out the CFP page.

Finally an important security message: Mozilla has decided to put a security measure around the HTML5 audio and video elements that will stop them from being exploited by cross-site scripting exploits. Chris Double explains the changes that are necessary to your setup to enable your published audio or video to be displayed on domains that are different to the domain on which these files are hosted.