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Program Overview

This program follows the format of FOMS described here.

Thursday 11th January

8:30-9:00Coffee / Setup / Seating
9:00-9:30Intros / Welcome - FOMS 2007 /Process into
9:30-10:30Position Statements - Codecs, Frameworks & Players
10:30-10:45Break; morning tea
10:45-12:30Position Statements - Audio, Applications
2:00-3:00Gap analysis - Discussion: setting priorities, breakouts and select presentations
3:00-3:20Break; afternoon tea
3:20-5:00Breakouts (by vote)
5:00-5:30Breakout summaries
DinnerBBQ at the Stephens'

Friday 12th January

8:30-9:00Coffee / Setup
9:00-10:30Further Breakouts (by vote)
10:30-10:45Break; morning tea
10:45-12:30Selected ad-hoc presentations
2:00-4:30Coding time; afternoon tea
4:30-5:30Wrap-up - Summary FOMS; Priorities for 2007; Decision on next FOMS
DinnerJoin the Annodex Association AGM at the James Squire Brewhouse, Darling Harbour

Further topics of discussion that have been suggested:

  • Timothy B. Terriberry, The Next Generation of Open Video A look at what could and should go into a next-generation, patent-unencumbered video codec. H.264 is several years ahead of the BBC's Dirac in terms of maturity, and even farther ahead of Theora in terms of technology. Most users don't care about patents. They care about performance and ease of use (tool availability). The latter can be solved in a codce-independent manner by the community at large, but if we're going to compete on the former, we need to start planning now. This talk will take a high-level look at the state of the art in video compression and potential methods of improving performance in a next-generation video codec.
  • Holger Levsen and Ben Hutchings want to share their experiences from the debconf video team and network with other video people. Holger can give a summary (a BoF?) of the experiences in managing a team of videos geeks at debconf5+6, the differences in the technical setups (commandline-style editing vs. post-proccessing with cinelerra), how to do video team work at smaller developer meetings and collecting the pieces at - Also Holger is interested to met up with the cinelerra people to discuss a possible inclusion in debian (that is, mostly resolving licening issues). Both are looking forward to discuss the challenges of streaming, recording and editing such a large amount of video, and possibilities for greater automation.
  • Thomas Vander Stichele - Overview of Cortado (the Java applet based on GStreamer? design) and BOF for future features.
  • Conrad Parker: CMMLWiki?: I would like to briefly introduce cmmlwiki, a personal video(blog) server which uses Ogg Theora, Cortado, CMML. I'd like to discuss with other developers how to integrate cmmlwiki with other software, eg. upload/download to local video editing software; and in that vein, to discuss CC licensing and integration with free software -- ie. what we can do as free software authors to encourage free content licensing.
  • Conrad Parker: Audio infrastructure: I'm the lead dev of the sound editor Sweep and have worked on random other audio apps, through which I've been involved in discussions about audio infrastructure in the LAD (Linux Audio Developers), Gnome and Ubuntu communities. There seem to be some conflicting impressions of the roles and capabilities of the various layers (ALSA, JACK, Pulse, GStreamer?, etc). We need to sit down as a community and work out how things should fit together, and hopefully FOMS will be a useful forum for that.

Suggested talks or technology introductions:

  • Michael Dale Metavid:, Open Source & Transparency in the Representation of our Representatives.
    The Metavid project uses all open source software including annodex to encode public domain footage in ogg theora, accumulate meta data, and to make it all freely available. Metavid promotes transparency in the "mediations" of the archive. Programmatically by being all open source, including the metadata "overlays" (such as listing campaign contributions along side videos of candidates in real-time) and in the social software conditions which make user created commentary, annotations & sequences versioned, malleable and transparent. I will demo the current state of Metavid and discuss future directions for the project.
  • Lennart Poettering The PulseAudio Sound Server. I would like to give a talk about the PulseAudio? sound server which is intended to replace ESOUND in the GNOME desktop (and Arts in KDE). PulseAudio? is part of all major distributions, provides compatibility with 90% of all current audio applications for Linux and is extremely flexible in its use. Since I will (or at least I hope to) give another talk about PulseAudio? at which will give a general introduction into its usage, this talk at FOMS will probably be more technical, i.e. highlight the internals of PulseAudio?.
  • Mike Smith - Introduction to programming GStreamer?. GStreamer? is quickly becoming the most popular media framework on Linux (and it's also been ported to OS X and Windows). I want to give an introductory talk describing the programming model of GStreamer?, and what the advantages and disadvantages of using it are.
  • S Pfeiffer: CMML, captions, transcripts and other markup for media
    CMML has been developed to provide a generic way to represent textual information as meta data about audio and video files. It is still very raw and needs further development, in particular a specification on how to do captions with it. This and any other issues should be discussed and fixed.
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