It’s been a long time since anything has been going on with the project, so I thought it was high time to get out some news. Truth is, I’ve been really busy at work and haven’t had time for Video Monkey lately.
First, I wanted to get a new version of FFMPeg, the heart of the encoding system. The version in use is ancient and is missing many bug fixed and a few features. You’d think it was easy to get the latest command line utility, but it is far from it. First of all, any version that is available online is either too old, doesn’t have all the needed encoders, or is linked with shared libraries. So I’ve been working at building my own version, which is another mountain to climb.
FFMPeg needs many support libraries some of which are really hard to build. This is the dark side of Open Source Software. You have to depend on the whims of those willing to do the work. For many those whims can be very fickle. Just look at Video Monkey, it has been stale for the last several months because it sole developer (me) was busy with other things. I am happy to be able to use the great work others. These libraries are outstanding and crucial to Video Monkey. I just wish some were easier to build and use.
My initial hope was to make a script that would build all the support libraries and then build ffmpeg. But that is too difficult at this time. So I’ve settled for just getting something to build. And I’ve succeeded at getting version 0.6.1 (the latest at time of this writing), working with the latest support libraries. I hope it works better and is an asset to Video Monkey moving forward.