Xuggle now part of ConnectSolutions

April 27, 2010

Hi folks,

Robert and I have some exciting news we’re announcing today: We’ve been acquired by ConnectSolutions, LLC and have joined their kick-ass team. This is great news for Robert and me, because it helps us get the technology we’ve been working hard on into the hands of paying customers. But it’s also great news for the Xuggler community!

This deal enables us to continue working on Xuggle’s technology, and ConnectSolutions is committed to keeping Xuggler open-source. That means Robert and I can continue our involvement in the video space, but now we have a profitable company behind the project!

I’m sure some of you have some questions, and so here’s a little Q&A section about the deal.

– Art

What just happened?

ConnectSolutions just announced they acquired Xuggle, all of our source code, and our team.  Effective immediately we work for ConnectSolutions. To find out more about ConnectSolutions, visit their website: www.connectsolutions.com.

Is this a good thing for Xuggle?

Hell yes! We get to deploy our technology with real customers in a real business environment, with a team of people we’re excited to work with. What’s not to love?

Is this a good thing for the Xuggler open-source project?

Hell yes! This means Robert and I can afford to still be involved with the project. It means we’ll be integrating Xuggler into products that are used by thousands of live audience members and by real paying customers. And it means any additional updates we release to Xuggler will be tested even more!

Will ConnectSolutions continue to leave Xuggler in the public domain?

Yes. As part of this transaction, ConnectSolutions has committed to leaving Xuggler in the public domain as LGPL-licensed software. In addition, Art and Robert will continue to provide support as we desire to the project.

Will ConnectSolutions provide commercial support for Xuggler?

ConnectSolutions has no current plans to provide commercial support for Xuggler at this time.

But I wanted to license some of Xuggle’s closed-source technology; can I still do that?

Our focus over the next year will be integrating Xuggle’s closed-source technology into ConnectSolutions’ product suite. If you’d like to become a customer of ConnectSolutions, contact us at http://www.connectsolutions.com/contact.html.

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We’re Hiring…

March 5, 2010

Hi guys,

We have some exciting news: We’re hiring!  If you meet the following description, I’d love to chat with you:  You are an enthusiastic, self-driven rock star with experience writing high-volume Java-based servers supporting rich Internet applications for real users.  You love to get code into production, but know when to step back and invest in architecture as well.  You like writing code, but also love mentoring your team mates as well.  You love learning new technologies and move from novice to expert quickly.  Terms like Java, Erlang, XMPP, EJabberD, Spring, AMQP, RabbitMQ, FFmpeg, Xuggle, Hudson, JUnit, Virtualization, Flash or MySQL make you curious.

Background on us: We are a small profitable startup with real customers you’ve heard of.  We believe that solving real customer problems is the path to success.  We believe that people want to collaborate, but collaboration means more than text – it means seeing and hearing each other.  We believe that great technology is important, but a great team environment is as important.  We believe that family and work are not mutually exclusive.  We believe that team members should have health-care and should share in the profits we generate today.

If interested, please drop me a note at aclarke@xuggle.com and tell me  a little about yourself.  And for bonus points, tell me how you’ve used Xuggle, Hibernate and/or Spring to build really cool shit before.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • You will work with a larger team to architect and develop collaboration applications.
  • You will work primarily in Java and SQL, and will work closely with Flex & HTML developers.
  • You will provide architecture guidance to multiple development teams
  • You will be a significant individual contributor of Java code
  • You will review code written by others and serve as a mentor

Required Job Related Skills and Experience

  • You have at least five years experience writing server-side code in a production client-server environment (Java preferred).
  • You have experience with high-volume production environments.
  • You have worked with HTML or Flex teams and provided APIs they use.
  • You believe writing unit tests is a critical part of the development cycle.
  • You have worked successfully in a fast-paced environment, adapting to changing priorities and features. and making appropriate decisions based on risk.
  • You quickly learn new technologies on your own.
  • You have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • You have a BS degree in computer science or equivalent experience.
  • You are a US Citizen.
  • You are based in the Bay Area, California, USA and willing to work in Emeryville.

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience with Red5, WowzaMedia, FFmpeg, C++, Erlang, Spring, Hibernate is good.
  • Experience with Java application servers such as Tomcat, Jetty, or others.
  • Operational experience with both Linux and Windows environments.

New RTMP Tutorial

February 2, 2010

The feedback on Xuggler 3.4 has been great, but a lot of people have been asking for RTMP examples.  So I threw together a quick tutorial showing how to use Xuggler 3.4 and RTMP.  The tutorial focuses on using the ‘ffmpeg’ command-line tool to show usage.  You can use the Xuggler API for more flexible programming if you need, but that’s a tutorial for another day.

You can find the tutorial here.


Introducing Xuggler 3.4

January 31, 2010

OK, a few weeks later than we hoped, but we’ve officially called Xuggler 3.4 done.  See the release notes here.

Big new features:

  • Support for reading and writing RTMP urls (so works with Wowza and FMS).
  • Support for B-frame H264 encoding
  • 10% faster H264 decoding
  • Support for FFmpeg preset files
  • Support for encoding AMR audio (e.g. for inside .3gp mobile media files).
  • We expose a new seek API, along with index files (still experimental).

Enjoy!

– Art & Robert


Xuggler 3.4: Yet Another Feature

January 23, 2010

Xuggler 3.4 will contain the ability to decode wide and narrow band AMR audio, and to encode narrow band AMR audio.  That means you’ll be able to create 3GP files for Android and other phones that like to use AMR audio.

As usual, the feature is announced AFTER it’s already in the code base, and the alpha builds can be found here.

– Art


Xuggler 3.4 Alpha Testing

January 17, 2010

Hi folks,

Our build server has (thanks to a mac donation) started automatically building all OSes without (much) manual intervention.  That means our continuous builder will now ship executables for mac, linux and windows:
http://build.xuggle.com/job/xuggler_jdk5_stable/

For those who don’t enjoy building Xuggler themselves, but want to test the very latest versions, that’s where to get them.  And in fact, I’d love for you to start downloading and trying out releases because we’re actively working on the next Xuggler release (3.4) and you can alpha-test it there.

Current features that are committed to 3.4 are:

  • RTMP support (playing and publishing RTMP streams without needing Red5).  Just open “rtmp://…” with IContainer objects and everything happens behind the scenes.
  • H264 B-Frame encoding support; prior versions of Xuggler incorrectly computed timestamps when codecs used B-frames.  We’re fixing that.
  • New Seek API.  See IContainer.seek… and the new IIndexEntry object.
  • com.xuggle.xuggler.Configuration.configure(…): the ability to read FFmpeg preset files or other property files to configure Xuggler objects.
All of these methods are implemented in the stable release right now, although we have a known issue with RTMP support and the very latest Red5 tip of tree that I’ll be working on next week.

Enjoy,

– Art

New Xuggler Feature Coming Soon: byte, frame #, timestamp range seeking

January 13, 2010

In our continuing push for Xuggler 3.4, there is another change.  Xuggler 3.4 will expose the new (but still experimental) FFmpeg seek API.   The new API (which not all demuxers support) allows seeking within a range of valid values, allows you to specify timestamps, bytes, or frame numbers you want to seek to, allows seeking backwards (for some demuxers), and allows seeking to non-key frames (for some demuxers).

I don’t have a list of exactly what ContainerFormats support efficient seeking, and there is currently no way to query that in FFmpeg.  We won’t be generating our own list, so feel free to share your findings on the xuggler-users list or the Wiki so everyone can learn.

The new method is:

public class IContainer {
...
public int seekKeyFrame(int streamIndex, long minTimeStamp,
  long targetTimeStamp, long maxTimeStamp, int flags);
...
}

This change is in tip of tree right now and can be used if you build from source.  To generate the java documentation for these new methods, build Xuggler tip of tree, and then run:

ant doc-java

Feedback and bug-reports welcome on our support list.  The old seekKeyFrame API will be deprecated at some point in the future in favor of this API so you should migrate your code now.

Thanks,

– Art