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Miguel Barrosa
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Hi everyone. I'm building a prototype of a advertisement/displayer application that must display videos in various different formats. Ideally, it should be cross platform, (Windows and Linux) so I'm investigating the possibility of writing it using Java and either SWT or Swing with JMF.

Some stuff I came across on the net suggested that JMF is a kind of "abandoned" API, so I'd like to now about codec availability for it.

In general, do you guys think it's feasable to develop such application using these tools, or should I take a different route altogether (C++ maybe)?

If I cut Windows out of the equation and decide to go Linux only, could someone give some suggestions on what tools I could use to built it (either in Java or C++)?

Thanks a lot in advance,
Miguel Barrosa
 
Willie McGee
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Yeah, the JMF is shipped with relatively standard codecs (e.g. MPEG, standard AVI), but not with newer codecs like DivX or XVid, which are not free, I believe. As such, you will be only able to play MPEGs and regular AVIs. So it depends on the kind of codec you will be using. The JMF includes a demo player, so maybe you can use that to test whether the JMF can actually play your videos.
 
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