Hank White wrote:svngpvtry wrote:lil_Jean wrote:Waah waah waah
lol get bent
lil Jean he does have a point. This IS the rants and raves section and nobody is forcing you to read or respond to posts.
But back on topic: I agree, there are a couple decent deals on items but NOTHING like I have seen in years past. At this point my BF shopping is going to be for some 2 dvds most of which I probably already own. I am a bit disappointed that there are not more things that I am salivating over right now. Who knows what can happen with secret items but I its looking like Im not spending the night anywhere.
What exactly are secret items?
Often stores have items that they dont advertise in their BF ad that they will announce the night before on their website or something like that. Basically an unadvertised surprise sale item. Often times they are at a very good price.
1)Using libdvdcss to decode your dvd file IS breaking DRM. Did you think DVD John paid for content key from the DVD Authoring Authority and used it in his open source code? No, he cracked the shit encryption scheme.
2) By definition it is impossible to "preserve" the encryption and still have unencrypted access to the original stream. If it was, the very basic foundations of encryption would be void. At some stage of the decoding process, the stream will need to be unencrypted
3) Aside from DRM concerns, there is still the issue of patents. Most audio and video codecs are patent encumbered. You cannot legally distribute any h.264, Xvid, Dvix, MPEG2, AAC, or Mp3 decoders/encoders without obtaining a license from the owners of the patents. So even if you had a legally purchased DVD without CSS that you could play without breaking DRM, no "real" distribution (i.e. one backed by a company) could legally distribute the codecs required to play back the DVD.
In light of this, how exactly are companies like Red Hat supposed to justify spending time (money) on implementing better support for video formats they cannot even legally distribute? As Dave said, community developers may have to step up here, or companies like NVIDIA see a direct benefit to their business interests and provide some (albeit very specific) solution.
For example at Red Hat we can't ship a DVD player with our OS, so why the hell would we invest money in tearfree movie playing? Most Linux users playing movie are playing dodgy legal rips of content from other sources, its not something we get much paying customer demand for at all.
No company can legally distribute any software that involves the playback of any of the most popular video codecs with purchasing a license. Period. Doesn't matter if it's legal DVDs, dodgy rips, or even your own legal rips. Red Hat cannot ship a DVD player because they cannot distibute MPEG2 decoders. MPEG2 is a patented video codec licensed by the MPEG-LA. They cannot even ship a DVD player that plays unencrypted streams because they still don't have a license for the codec.
You mentioned HD streams from cameras and the like, which means you obviously are unaware of the patent issues. Most (all?) HD cameras are either using MPEG2 or MPEG4-AVC. Guess what, MPEG4-AVC is also patent encumbered. Red Hat cannot ship with MPEG4-AVC codecs without purchasing a license from MPEG-LA. Youtube? MPEG4-AVC.
Nothing to do with DRM what so ever
Second, there are now open, truly open video formats, so justifying poor state of common api for video acceleration by "pirate" nonsense is utterly moronic. "Period".No company can legally distribute any software that involves the playback of any of the most popular patented video codecs with purchasing a license on territory of USA or any other patent-slavery country which are not the whole world.
Third, i don't believe that Red Hat's main market is home PCs. But i do believe that in "business" with paid support customers would be glad to be able to watch videos in many formats in best quality anyway. And they (customers) even could... Pay!... for patent bullshitism if they must.
All rips are dodgy UNLESS they are made with a codec you specifically have a license to use for encoding. Ripping your DVDs or your TV captures with x264 is technically illegal because no one has the right to distribute x264. You cannot use ffmpeg or mplayer for the same reasons legally because legally they don't have the right to distribute any of the popular codec implementations, decoding or encoding.
Yes, Fluendo offer decoders for popular codecs, but then, like CoreAVC, Fluendo should be responsible for making them run efficiently.
Software Patents are currently enforced in USA, UK, Canada, Japan, EU, and Australia. Now what percentage of business would you reckon Novell/Red Hat/Mandriva etc. get from these regions?
And if you actually read the thread, you would have noticed that it was mentioned that Theora hw accell was in the pipeline... I doubt anyone would care though because I doubt there is even a single person on the this forum who has >60% of videos encoded in Theora