Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MPlayer for AmigaOS4 is going full HD 1080p



Mplayer is going full HD 1080p, well at least we can play not so demanding codices, this big improvement from only being able to play 720p HD ready movies.

Here comes the story of the new MPlayer, I was approached by Matthew Leaman, about the work did with composition in the MPlayer version your using, he asked me if I was interested in working on "Composition accelerated video support" as he calls it, I just calls it YUV bitmap's. 

At the same time I was working on porting over my work form old MPlayer to new MPlayer 1.1.1 (2014) source code from MPlayerHQ.

When I accepted the challenge I got some example code from Hans, and got access to what I need to start adapting the code into mplayer video output "comp", it was relatively easy to adapt the code for mplayer.

First version with composition video bitmaps, cut time/cpu needed to display the video in half.

Hans asked me if it was possible to support DRI, so spent some time investigating, this was bit more work as need to adapt code from mplayer Xv video output and combine it with comp_yuv. This did not work out of the box, so to speak, Mplayer expected none Interleaved YUV420p bitmaps, but AmigaOS4.1 only supported Interleaved, so I removed the restriction and got it working.

The DRI gives a major speed up on any Codec that supports it, like MPEG video you find on DVD's and its also lot of older MPEG videos on the net.

Sorry don't have any numbers but speed difference was major.

Trever tested Mplayer and wondered about DVD playback, so looked into that did some testing and extermination, tried to find some bottlenecks, this work was big undertaking, things did not add up and mplayer benchmark was giving me nonsense numbers.

In the end, I decided to test MPlayer LibDVDCSS and do some benchmarking on that, so wrote a small program that only benchmark it, this is when I noticed that numbers where showing slow speed, so having excluded the rest of MPlayer from my test, I was able to focus on improving Libdvdcss and getting the speed up, what I quickly understood was that Mplayer was only reading 1 block, almost never tried to read more then 1, the result was the mplayer had to seek to a lot instead of just reading a chunk of data.

Then communication went silent for a while, Hans had been taking a bit about DMA, but I did not know if they where working on it.

So just before Amiwest I got a e-mail again about DMA being enabled, Steven Sollie provided SDK and OS files need and work started to get MPlayer to support DMA, there was some alignment problems.

MPlayer with DMA support was just ready for Amiwest, just two weeks before.

Just before Amiwest Andy sent me a e-mail, and exchanged few e-mail's

The funny thing was I did not know DVDNAV menu worked, I guess I typed the wrong command line :-)

Anyway I always used DVD option in MPlayer to play DVD's, from my experience it plays smoother, because you can enable cache, so that MPlayer don't need to wait for disk io.

This is what your going to get in the new MPlayer:

* comp_yuv and comp_yuv2 uses YUV420p bitmaps (NEW)

Enabled mplayer to take advantage of "Radeon HD" yuv420p support, this removed the need to convert yuv420p video to (32bit) ARGB bitmap format be-fore displaying it.

* comp_yuv and comp_yuv2 support DRI (NEW)

I spent some time reading and investigating Xv (X-Windows video) video output in MPlayer, to take advantage of DRI.

* MPlayer can now playback DVD's on X1000 at good speed (NEW)

AmigaOS4 does not read ahead blocks, this caused major slowdown in MPlayer, so hacked in read ahead buffering into MPlayer, to speed it up.

* Mplayer can playback file larger then 2Gb (NEW)

AmigaOS4 SDK does not support typedef off_t as 64bit, changed MPlayer to workaround the problem. 

* Mplayer can playback DVD's copied to hard-drives (NEW)

I have spent some time fixing path problems and getting this working, the support for native files and directories is intended for Linux mount points, but a bit of work it also works on AmigaOS4.1 directories.

You might experienced some crashed with AAC audio codec in old MPlayer, the AAC codec was replaced by MPlayerHQ developers so, no more crashed in that one.

It has not been easy not being able to say anything to anyone, in the forums, as people where used to get regular updates, but In the end I think every one is going to be happy.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Developing cross platform program/game from ground up - part 4

Cross Platform development by standardization.

If your going to make program work on different operating systems, you need a lot of know how about etch of operating systems, in order to support all operating systems.

The alternative is using cross platform development libraries.

First of all I'm going to talk about SDL and Allegro this two provides every thing you need to make games, the idea is that you have standard commands you can use to make sure that your game works on all operating systems they are ported to.

SDL

* Support Graphics 2D and 3D
* Handel display window/full screen window
* There events for Mouse/Keyboard/Joystick/ Multi-touch.
* Audio 8bit and 16bit.
* Filesystem
* Threads
* Supports big and little endian cpu's

Allegro

* Support Graphics 2D and 3D
* Handel display window/full screen window
* There events for Mouse/Keyboard/Joystick/ Multi-touch.
* Audio 8bit and 16bit.
* Filesystem
* Threads
* Supports big and little endian cpu's

So they are similar and provided what you need to make a games, some even make programs in this but, that's not a good idea, there are better cross platform libraries for programs.

Linux/BSD Windows AROS AmigaOS4 MorphOS MacOSX Haiku/BeOS Score
Allegro yes yes no yes yes yes yes 6
SDL yes yes yes yes yes yes yes 7
Svgalib yes no no yes
Wrapper for Picasso96
no no no 1 (2)
Picasso96 no no yes yes yes no no 3
Cybergrephics no no yes yes yes no no 3
Haxe yes yes no no no yes no 3

The Svgalib port for AmigaOS4, was done by me, it might need some work, its not well designed, but there are NOT many games or programs that use this library, if you look at the table you see that SDL is most supported, Allegro is not so well supported.

Some information Allegro 5 and Allegro 4 are not 100% compatible, and only Allegro 4 is officially supported by AmigaOS 4, I have not looked at Allegro 4 so I can't say accurately what the difference are, anyway I have been working a bit on Allegro 5 but not a complete port, I have only implemented what was needed for a Game, so its not even based on Allegro 5 source code, so don't expect a full Allegro 5 port from me for AmigaOS 4. Developer using the nick "Hitman", ported Allegro 4 to AmigaOS 4.

As I understand it Cybergrephics is the native graphic library for MorphOS and it was addition to Graphic.library on AmigaOS3.1,  when installing a True color graphic card in your Amiga, Picasso96 is also a graphic library to enable true colors for AmigaOS3.1 / Commodore Amiga computers, on AmigaOS4.x  Picasso96 is slowly becoming obsolete if your going to make new program or game. How this implemented in AROS I do not know all I know is that its supposed to be supported.

Here are some GUI systems QT, GTK, MUI (Magic User Interface), Reaction, that we compare to see what supports the most, I have selected a few well known operating systems.
(I have excluded mobile platforms etc, or else table gets to big.)

Linux/BSD Windows AROS AmigaOS4 MorphOS MacOSX Haiku/BeOS Score
QT yes yes no yes no yes yes 5
MUI no no yes
(clone Zune)
yes yes no no 2 (or 3)
Reaction no no no yes no no no 1
GTK yes yes yes
(Zune wrapper)
no no yes yes 5
Windows Forms yes
(mono)
yes no no no yes
(mono)
no 1 (or 3)
wxWidgets yes yes no no no yes no 3
AGAR yes yes no no no yes yes 4

Best score is 7 in this table, but no GUI system support all 7, so in other words GUI's are the tricky part when creating a cross platform application, the best GUI's to support is GTK and QT, then depending on what OS you wont to support and programming language you use MUI (Magic User Interface) or Windows Forms.

While no GUI support all the 7, the build system is what solve the problem, this how you can have different GUI's for different operating systems, you really only need to support two MUI & QT or GTK & MUI and all 7 operating systems are supported.

Different Linux distributions are not listed here because they are just repackaged Libs and programs, with different install process and package managements, I know some might disagree but lets keep this about cross platform development and not about what brand you put on your Linux distribution.

Anyway GUI and how things works is what makes operating systems unique to the users, if all operating systems behave the same there is not point having a option to choose is there?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Developing cross platform program/game from ground up - part 3


Ok, now I'm going explain a bit more about Makesfiles, and also try to condense this makefile.os4 and makefile.os3 and makefile.linux into one file.

Forst of all now we description how to build 4 different .o files, but we are using gcc to generate this files in the same way.

obj/display.o:
          gcc os3/display.c -o obj/display.o -c

obj/filesystem.o:
          gcc os3/filesystem.c -o obj/filesystem.o -c

obj/joystick.o:
          gcc os3/joystick.c -o obj/joystick.o -c

obj/audio.o:
          gcc os3/audio.c -o obj/audio.o -c

however this can be written as.

obj/%.o: $(os)/%.c
          gcc $< -o $@ -c

I know this looks cryptic but what it does is when compiler is looking for obj/filesystem.o it will use label obj/%.o as it matches the filename, $(os)/%.c means that linux/filesystem.c is needed by obj/filesystem.o.

The next line gcc $< -o $@ -c work like this.

$< is replaced by whats after the label so its going to be $(os)/%.c and this translated into linux/filesystem.c

$@ is synonym with the name to compile.

So if this is the filesystem that is compiled it will be interpreted by the compiler as:.

gcc linux/filesystem.c -o obj/filesystem.o -c

so this two lines do the same as the 8 line in the first example.

And also you can easily change build target to OS4 or OS3 or Linux or what ever you like.

By setting os=linux or os=os4 or os=os3, simple do you agree?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Developing cross platform program/game from ground up - part 2.

Understand how build process talked about in part 1 work.

So now you type make all -f makefile.os4 you get the game.exe file for AmigaOS4.

The game.exe will contain the following files for AmigaOS4:

main.cpp 
os4/display.c 
os4/filesystem.c
os4/joystick.c
os4/audio.c

The game.exe will contain the following files for AmigaOS3:

main.cpp 
os3/display.c 
os3/filesystem.c
os3/joystick.c
os3/audio.c

The game.exe will contain the following files for Linux:

main.cpp 
linux/display.c 
linux /filesystem.c
linux /joystick.c
linux /audio.c

Etch of the files in the OS folder will contain OS specific code, for example in linux/audio.c file OSS Open Sound System is used. In the os3/audio.c code for Paula audio is used. In the os4/audio.c file the AHI sound system is used.

In the os4/filesystem.c the newest DOS.Library functions are used with full support for 64BIT offsets.

In the OS3/filesystem.c the old 32bit DOS.Library functions are used, with file limit of 2GB.

In the Linux/filesystem.c the stdio C++ lib commands are used, with full 64BIT support if compile target supports it.

So what we have done is separate the OS depended parts and we are using the best possible API that we can use for etch OS target.

This is also the case for windows target, but as it use different build system, you only need to make the folder and add the file to the project in Virtual Studio.


Developing cross platform program/game from ground up - part 1.

First of all its good to know what the differences are between the operating systems.
Do some resource and see what libs are ported and what are not ported to etch operating systems you like to support.

For AmigaOS4.1 you can check http://OS4Depot.net
For AmigaOS3.1 you can check http://Aminet.
For AROS you can check http://archives.aros-exec.org/.

Often you can to etch library and check how to configure and set it up in your development enviroment.

For example if you go to libpng web page and look you see how to configure it for windows.
http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/libpng.htm

Note for windows visual studio uses different build system then AmigaOS/Linux/AROS/MorphsOS or what ever, so I think might be best to create the project there and copy the files to the other computers.

You should have repository to track your changes and other people changes.
You can sign up a repository at code.google.com for free.

Design your application so its easy to update your program with out messing up your code.

Try to keep the OS depended code out of your game AI and general code.

If you need to draw a line make function or macro like:

app_draw_line()

this way draw line is abstracted from the OS, and it becomes easier to keep every thing compatible.

create folder in project root directory called.

linux, os3, os4, windows, osx and so on.

you will also need a folder called inc or include, here you put .h files that declare how functions will look like.

in the inc/display.h file you should have line like:

extern void app_draw_line();

extern means that app_draw_line does not need to be in the .c/.cpp file its included in, but can be in a different .c/.cpp file, this is to make sure the compiler does not get confused, because you can only have one app_draw_line function.

Setting up the makefiles.

For AmigaOS4, you make file named it Makefile.os4
          the following line should be like:

all: obj/display.o obj/filesystem.o obj/joystick.o obj/audio.o
          gcc main.cpp obj/display.o obj/filesystem.o obj/joystick.o obj/audio.o -o game.exe

display.o:
          gcc os4/display.c -o obj/display.o -c

filesystem.o:
          gcc os4/filesystem.c -o obj/filesystem .o -c

joystick.o:
          gcc os4/joystick.c -o obj/joystick .o -c

audio.o:
          gcc os4/audio.c -o obj/audio .o -c

create a make file for AmigaOS3 and name it Makefile.os3.

all: obj/display.o obj/filesystem.o obj/joystick.o obj/audio.o
          gcc main.cpp obj/display.o obj/filesystem.o obj/joystick.o obj/audio.o -o game.exe

obj/display.o:
          gcc os3/display.c -o obj/display.o -c

obj/filesystem.o:
          gcc os3/filesystem.c -o obj/filesystem .o -c

obj/joystick.o:
          gcc os3/joystick.c -o obj/joystick .o -c

obj/audio.o:
          gcc os3/audio.c -o obj/audio .o -c

create a make file for Linux and name it Makefile.linux

all: obj/display.o obj/filesystem.o obj/joystick.o obj/audio.o
          gcc main.cpp obj/display.o obj/filesystem.o obj/joystick.o obj/audio.o -o game.exe

obj/display.o:
          gcc linux/display.c -o obj/display.o -c

obj/filesystem.o:
          gcc linux/filesystem.c -o obj/filesystem .o -c

obj/joystick.o:
          gcc linux/joystick.c -o obj/joystick .o -c

obj/audio.o:
          gcc linux/audio.c -o obj/audio .o -c


So now you see that etch target platform has its own folder, with platform dependent code, while main.cpp is on the project root folder. This is because main.cpp is shared between the different target operating systems, and should not contain any OS dependent code.

Additional support libraries most also be statically linked or dynamically linked. Its up to you how you solve that.

Note I'm not using configure scripts, well this because different operating systems do not share the same shell commands, while there is some thing called ABC shell for AmigaOS that mimics the SH shell, it does not guaranty compatibility, with 1000 of GNU commands in Linux. This simply does not work for AmigaOS.

When compiling you simply do:

make all -f makefile.os4
make all -f makefile.os3
make all -f makefile.linux
make all -f makefile.aros

you can also make soft like to from makefile.os to makefile so you can just type

make all

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Prof of concept, EPL labels on AmigaOS.

Well I felt like writing some about working I have been doing lately.

For now I'm not going to say anything about MPlayer, all I can say is that there has been some improvements.



You might have seen my Barcode application on AmigaWorld.net, well I was nostalgic about EPL & ZPL printers, but don't have a printer my self so need a application to display labels, I know there are label design tools for PC, but what is the fun in using some thing some one else has created? Besides I was also wondering about how to generate bar-codes, I often created reports for PSI and Consafe logistics, but this was not my primary role, so I did not have time to find out how to generate bar-codes, at time I did some googling and found only barcode fonts, well they are nice in word document’s and so on, but then you need to generate a word document or excel file, its a lot easier to generate CSV files and Pictures, and its pity easy to lay out rapports in HTML.

If I did have more time to play with it back then might done some thing, but as I was saying, I did not. as it happens now I did have the time for it, first ting I did was Google and found out how to generate code39 and then I Googled and found out how to generate code128.

Barcode39 is only numbers and uppercase alphabet.
Barcode128 is upper/lower alphabet, and also the ability to compress numbers.

 I also found some information about bar-code 2 of 5, this Barcode only supports number from 0 to 9, and also as the name imply 2 are wide and 3 as narrow lines

I know this is geeky stuff, but some times geeky stuff is useful

Almost all postal and logistic company's tag packages so they can easy lookup who the package belongs to and where it is. Also at the cash register at the local grocery store, use barcode to register what they sell. At service department in PSI and Consafe Logistics (Capbit/Captura) they used bar code to track service on defect products that has been sent for repair.

So every company small or large company's use barcodes in one way or the other.

And this is way this is interesting, if you thinking about starting your own company or if you work for some company I'm sure your in contact with barcodes.

Only basic EPL commands are supported, but program can easily to be extended to support more commands, this is just a prof of concept.

And also while I can generate the label I can't print it, find desktop printers that work with AmigaOS tricky.

If you like to buy a Label printer and use it on AmigaOS, I can inform you that they should work, as long you use ZPL or EPL program language.

You can also find documents for EPSON label printers, but they are more tricky, you see they use ESC codes, and HEX values so not so easy.

Datamax Compact 4 I don't know anything intersecting about it sorry, I know they are good quality but do not know any thing about language they support.

Some of the Intermec printers supports the EPL language this I know.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Yesterdays problems, is todays success.


After finishing my blog yesterday, I decided  to use another technique to solve my problem.

So I know the read speed was not good, I wanted to isolate the problem, or try to exclude a problem by testing, individual components.

So I wrote a small test program for libdvdcss, by doing this I hit nail on the head, this was where speed problem was.

First run it showed about 64kb/s a bit more then when I was benchmarking from mplayer.

Corrected a few mistakes and I was at 200kb/s.

The experimented with my read ahead cache implantation, and I was soon at 800kb/s.

With bit more work I managed to get it up to 24000 kb/s, this is really close to the copy speed I got yesterday from DVD to HD.
So I think we can say the speed problem is solved.

The problem with mplayer is that it tries to read one by one block, but CD has spin up, it has to find the sector where block is located, and this for every time you read one block, this is not efficient.


sb600sata.device or sata device driver for X1000, does not try to pre buffer, this is the problem. So this is way I need to do that in mplayer/libdvdcss.

So what I try to do is, avoid any one block reads by pre fetching blocks, as mplayer mostly reads blocks in sequential order this pretty easy to do, so next reads is going to be really quick, until the read offset is outside the buffer and it has to fill the pre fetch buffer.

Also because its in memory, I do not need to foreword the IO read to the DVD read process I created, it can simply just copy the data from the buffer, so no need to wait for task switch, signals and stuff like that.

I call my pre buffering stuff "Evil" because it was quickly proto typed, as future note it should be moved into the dvdcss struct, so etch dvd device can have its own pre fetch buffer.


Anyway its not a problem for mplayer as I think there is only one process reading at any given time, from one device, I'm shore this might not be case for other operating systems.

Way I think this is not problem is because libdvdcss is not a shared library, the the pre fetch buffer is pretty mush private to mplayer as its static linked.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The mystery of the slow DVD speed and Mplayer for AmigaOS4.


I have been investigating the issue, for some time.

Trying to find out of problem was caused by read errors, and trying to locate the problem.

What I have done is fix cache and device io in Mplayer as it was broken, I was hoping by doing this the problem was going to go away.

But what it did was, it enabled mplayer to pre buffer 999999 bytes, but as soon as the buffer runs out mplayer is back to crawl speed.

I have tried to compile the latest version of mplayer and ffmpeg, and the problem remains. I have tried to read from the filesystem instead of depending on the IO system, by fixing that part of the code as it was broken as well, but there is no luck there, reading a DVD is not like reading a file.

I measured the read speed, at device IO in libdvdcss/device.c and found the 38KB/s read speed, so in other words, the read speed is low, it should be around 1.49MB/s, so we are not even close, to be playable.

I made some tests to see what best copy speed was, I copied a 972Mb file in 372 sec, or 2.6Mb/s, so this is not a hardware problem, the problem most be with DVD://1 DVDNAV://1 -dvd-device option.

I can play the a VOB file from a DVD disc, with some cache, but only this way I get good speed, with out cache its just as slow as the DVD://1 DVDNAV://1 options.

I have taken the time to look at the status line in mplayer, it says some thing like:

A: 13.1 B: 3.2 A-V: 9.981 ct: 0.051 77/155 39% 24% 10192.1% 153 0

So what this status line says is that A: is for audio, it represent the time played for audio, and V: for video, A-V: is the out of sync number it should be 0, 77/155 is decoded vs the not yet decoded frames in buffer, 29% is codec, 24% is the video, and 10192.1% is the audio,

the the biggest problem looks to be related to audio, but its not really, the high number comes because the audio buffer is empty and the audio cache has to be filled, so I tried to trace the it up stream, from main loop in mplayer.c, but it was not easy.

So then I remembered about debug features in AmigaOS4.1, so I decided to collect some information using stacktrace feature.

There was a problem it required the task I wanted to be halted, while using back trace, but that was lucky not a issue for me, as device io code was moved into a different task of its own, to prevent problems with treading in mplayer, and task that issues the read waits for signal for data to be ready, so I was happy about that, if not might not have tried this.

Anyway here is stack traces I made, using Exec debug interface.

Stack:
kernel : NULL
kernel : NULL
mplayer : dvdcss_seek
mplayer : css_seek
mplayer : UDFReadBlocksRaw
mplayer : DVDReadBytes
mplayer : ifoRead_PGC
mplayer : ifoRead_PGCIT_internal
mplayer : ifoRead_PGCI_UT
mplayer : ifoOpen
mplayer : open_s
mplayer : open_stream_full
mplayer : open_stream
mplayer : main
newlib.library.kmod : NULL
newlib.library.kmod : NULL
newlib.library.kmod : NULL
mplayer : _start
dos.library.kmod : NULL
kernel : NULL
kernel : NULL

Stack:
kernel : NULL
kernel : NULL
mplayer : dvdcss_seek
mplayer : css_seek
mplayer : UDFReadBlocksRaw
mplayer : fill_buffer
mplayer : stream_read_internal
mplayer : stream_fill_buffer
mplayer : cache_stream_fill_buffer
mplayer : demux_mpg_fill_buffer
mplayer : ds_fill_buffer
mplayer : ds_get_packet_pts
mplayer : decode_audio
mplayer : mp_decode_audio
mplayer : main
newlib.library.kmod : NULL
newlib.library.kmod : NULL
newlib.library.kmod : NULL
mplayer : _start
dos.library.kmod : NULL
kernel : NULL
kernel : NULL

Stack:
kernel : NULL
kernel : NULL
mplayer : dvdcss_read
mplayer : css_read
mplayer : UDFReadBlocksRaw
mplayer : fill_buffer
mplayer : stream_read_internal
mplayer : stream_fill_buffer
mplayer : cache_stream_fill_buffer
mplayer : demux_mpg_fill_buffer
mplayer : ds_fill_buffer
mplayer : ds_get_packet_pts
mplayer : decode_audio
mplayer : mp_decode_audio
mplayer : main
newlib.library.kmod : NULL
newlib.library.kmod : NULL
newlib.library.kmod : NULL
mplayer : _start
dos.library.kmod : NULL
kernel : NULL
kernel : NULL

So I hope this information is useful to find out where the problem comes from, if not it gives a good overview of where problem might be located I hope.

The problem with mplayer is to get a overview, anyway if anyone knows about free vitalization tool, to get some overview of this source code it might be rally useful.



Saturday, April 12, 2014

AmigaONE-X1000 HDReady...

AmigaONE-X1000 HDReady...

I have been thinking about writing some thing about the fastest Mplayer from me, and about latest utf8.library, I guess I should say something.

Your AmigaONE-X1000 is now HDReady, you can now play 720p video whit out problem, thanks to a changes in vo_cgx_wpa driver, and the new vo_comp, the problem whit old vo_cgx_wpa driver is that it uses RGB, and not ARGB, the Radeon HD cards needs ARGB, so the result was that graphic needed to be converted before being sent over.

The second problem was that it was using software scaling, this slow and CPU intensive, by using hardware acceleration to do the scaling we can scale windows to full screen and back, whit using all the CPU power.

And I wanted to compile a fully AltiVec enabled version of MPlayer. The vo_cgx_wpa and vo_comp is also useful for Sam460 users, it does help to reduce CPU load. How it all came about:

Back story:

well it started because I realized Ka1e needed help, whit MUI-MPlayer, he was begging Hans to emulate overlay, Hans did not want to spend time on obsolete technology. Nor did he have time for that, so this is way I did take on this challenge.

History for Mplayer for AmigaOS4.

The MPlayer project for AmigaOS4 started whit me I think, at least for AmigaOS4, the MorphOS version already existed before I tried to compile it. more importantly my attempt showed it was possible to compile it.

Click this link to read how it all started

I did not manage to compile it because some fork() stuff, but Andrea Palmate'(‎'afxgroup'), did and so it became his project, Varthall and Abalabanb started a project a project on code.google.com.

Now I'm going to tell you some thing not every one knows, or at least where few. After Andrea Palmate successful ported MPlayer to AmigaOS4, I requested the source code from him, and worked on a plugin for IBrowse 2.4, but due to complications and way I decided to do it failed, this project ended in yuv420 to ARGB routine and some stuff, that project is dead now.

http://www.amigasoft.net/pages/mplayer/mplayer.asp

While I never got MPlayer IB2.4 plugin to work as good as I hoped for the work on IB2.4 plugin did end up in plugin for Audio, this probably the route I take if where to redo it.

http://www.os4depot.net/index.php?function=showfile&file=network/browser/np_audio.lha

So I'm well familiar with MPlayer well before I started on this projected. While I was not one to implement MPlayer I was the one who initiated it on AmigaOS4, so it bit funny to see whit project coming back to me, or at least partly.

Today this is no longer needed for a IBrowse plugin whit HTML5 the web browser does no longer need a plugin to play videos, thanks to the Excellent work of Fab and Ka1e.

What is future for me and Mplayer, I have not yet decided, I have some ideas, more likely its going to be fix up mplayer-amigaos at code.google.com at least. Now that Me and Ka1e has joined the code.google.com mplayer-amigaos effort, I like to see is FAB and Andrea Palmate joining the mplayer-amigaos code.google.com effort, so this becomes team work, so whit don't end up whit different MPlayer whit bug that's already fixed in different MPlayers and so. Even if all mplayer can be based on common code base, it might be possible to have unique versions of MPlayer I believe.

https://code.google.com/p/mplayer-amigaos

Its always good to experiment.

While things does not always work out some time you learn something that can be of use latter, this is a example of this at lest for me. I can also take the Basilisk II as an Example, Basilisk was first please I used Composition for scaling window content, part of that code made into Mplayer vo_comp. I have also been using Composition in Excalibur, to do alpha blending also.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

UTF8.library, progress and some information about the up coming version 4.

I'm a bit amazed by number of download of my UTF8.library, for library that is not used by any application it gets a lot of downloads, it does make my happy.

47 Downloads currently on version 3, not bad at all,

A new version will be out in today or tomorrow, I think, just need to check that every thing is ok.

The new library will contain 7 more string handling rutins. 1 more routine to check Byte Size.

As you might have noticed, naming of function I use Relefact names used in std:string C++ class function names Microsoft uses on there string class. Of course there are some variation because we need to support for sheard memory, when dealing whit strings.

As I'm nearing completion, I hope that I can return to the project I was working before starting on UTF8.Library.

There might be another 10 to 15 routines we don't have yet in this library to render the other libraries redundant. While your waiting you just need to mix and match what you need for that different libraries.

I will so like some feed back form you developers on what routines you like to see in the next version, what do you think I have forgotten, are there thing you think I should do different?

Better to tell me now before I decide to freeze features.

Also the language alphabet has been a bit annoying, I hope its possible to get this from some where in the OS, or else I will need to ask people provide there Language alphabets in UTF8 format as text file.

Because we will need it do casecmp, upper, lower and sorting, the standard one's only really support English it seams, and thats no good.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Things I'm working on for the mommet.

I have been busy reading about MS C#, and about classes, in order to make it interesting I wanted to make a program, that will be useful to me and maybe others, a cross platform application.

I know C# is not really portable but its more portable then VirtualBasic, at lest it has most of the C++ syntax, even if .Net Framework is different, there are a few different versions of .Net Framework you have XNA a Game API used on XBOX, and then Portable Class Library.

The Portable Class Library is more or less useless, because everything has to be recreated anyway, and its too small to be of any use.

Supporting just XNA does not make lot of senses, if AmigaOS can support some thing, there is no point in limiting it to XNA.

The full .Net Framework is too big of job to support, so what I have basically been doing to create C++ classes for what I have used in my project.

And been trying to get same program to work on AmigaOS whit small modifications, just by implementing the classes need to for the program.

So to make this clear this is not XNA, .NET or Portable Class Library this is some thing new.

Hopefully this will open some door for cross platform applications and portability between the two operating systems.

The only problem is that AmigaOS has yet to come out of the stone age.

Like File Notifications is way better on Windows, then on AmigaOS where its pretty primitive.

UTF8 encoding really sucked on AmigaOS, but works well on Windows, and I believe it has become the standard encoding for text files in windows7.

So I have spent a week trying to figure out how to do things, and ended up whit writing my own UTF8.Library it has now been uploaded to OS4Depot.net.

I'm hopeful that UTF8.Library will make more programs UTF8 friendly. 
 
More information to come on what I'm working on.

Friday, January 3, 2014

So here comes a small blog update.

Well I promised to fix few issues on forums, they where fixed, lately I have been feeling where tiered, and too many things to think about, during xmas, I have not felt motivated to work on it a lot, or get it completed before xmas, but now its here.

Every software release takes some time to prepare, just making shore the changes logs are updated, and checking that things works, for this release, I needed to check if it worked on my old AmigaONE-XE as well as AmigaONE-X1000, also when I'm finally ready, I find small things that need to be fixed, like some of the icons where not PNG, and also, I have noticed I have edited some files I should have generated, not really fixed that one.

The problem for language support you need to edit a source file, this will generate the local.c and local.h files, so in other words, I think local language support is a bit messed up, I should investigate how this works and make shore the files are generated correct, I will see what I can do for the next version.

Also I was thinking about making a YouTube video of fix, and what I did, but its way too much work for too little.

Its better if just explain what the problem was, and how I fixed it.

Fist of all there was some yellow effect that we did not like in full screen mode on AmigaONE-XE, Pagasus-II and other AGP/PCI AmigaOS4 compatible computers, Sam460 and AmigaONE-X1000, did not have that issue, so I need a fix that worked fine for PCIe as well as PCI/AGP.

I fingered out that the lack of picasso96 lock was the problem, but I'm not a fan of p96 lock if I do not need it, as p96lock has a tendency to lock up graphic system for a period of time, so I made it a option.


Last time I released Basilisk II 1.0.3. I did not write a blog but record a video, the volume was recorded a bit low, you might need to turn up the volume.

Her is the link:



And also thank you eliyahu for your donation, your the first :-)