RFC: Radio And Pictures
Tue, 27 Jun 1995 12:39:43 +1000
You may have reinvented a wheel. A very *good* wheel, I would add ! :-).
There is a package out called 'Illustrated Audio', from a group in
Canada. I append a basic readme packaged with the demo (src is available).
They have a Web site, but I'm trying to track down the URL.... Ah - got it:
Developed in collaboration with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation...
Check it out - it's a very nice package, has Web hooks and a few online
demoes. I've run it locally and have been quite impressed. As a slide
show type of tool it's excellent. You could easily use it to package up
presentations of any type and ship them out over the net.
(as long as you can run their code: Unix and X11 needed (Linux is supported)
at this stage, although it shouldn't be too hard to port to other OS'es)
They're looking for porters... Hmm - the version I have is very dated.
Time to upgrade (v0.3 = April 12 1995)
Markus Buchhorn, Parallel Computing Research Facility
email = email@example.com snail = CISR, I Block, OAA, ANU
Australian National University, Canberra, 0200 , Australia.
[International = +61 6, Australia = 06] [Phone = 2492930, Fax = 2490747]
Revision 0.1 (94-06-08)
(c) 1994 Government of Canada
Illustrated Audio is our first attempt at designing a system for
sychronizing image displays with a sound track. This will be useful
for computer-based slide shows and for distributing video programs over
low-bandwidth networks. When working with video material, an author can
pick key frames to illustrate and augment the sound track, and avoid
the problems of random frames with slow-scan systems.
Illustrated Audio data files consist of an audio track, various image
and text files, and a script that provides instructions for display and
synchronization. The parts are assembled into a simple "tar" archive
for distribution, and the "iaunpack" tool will unpack the archive and
start the presentation.