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hardware OS4   hardware OS4 : Open Video Toaster Instant Bounties
   posted by DiscreetFX on 15-Jul-2008 0:46:57 (3741 reads)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE : DiscreetFX Announcement

Open Video Toaster Instant Bounties

Chicago, Illinois – July 14th, 2008 -- Visual FX company DiscreetFX LLC Inc., in order to stimulate development for the Video Toaster Flyer source code DiscreetFX is launching an Instant Bounty contest. What is an Instant Bounty? This is a bounty that is paid once a programmer has requested and been assigned a programming task for Open Video Toaster. This does take a little trust on our part since bounties are paid before coding even begins. Programmer past developments and applications will be taken into serious consideration and help gain them approval for OVT Instant Bounties. Programmers should review source code for the bounty in question before applying for consideration. Each development task for OVT will have set guidelines and coding time limits.
(Read more for details!)


The larger goal of this contest is to stimulate development of video editing and video production software for MorphOS, Amiga OS 4.0 & AROS. This also allows us to see which 3rd party developer base is most passionate and serious about bringing their favorite operating system of choice back into the mainstream. Dedication and passion is what will bring Amiga successor operating systems back into relevance not mysterious companies who's true motives are unknown. Once upon a time with Video Toaster the Amiga was king of desktop video and computer assisted video editing. While in today's modern times it can no longer be king it could yet again be one of the many choices customers consider. That at least was the hope and dream we had when Open Video Toaster was launched. If your interested in video editing living again on Amiga OS type systems please donate to one of your favorite operating system bounties. DiscreetFX has already placed a starter donation in each of these bounties. Even if you can only donate a little it will help and you will be named and thanked on the Open Video Toaster website. Donations are paid instantly via Paypal to programmers that are assigned each bounty.

First three of many OVT Instant Bounties are for the Toaster Character Generator

Port ToasterCG to AROS and remove hardware dependencies. Making CG take advantage of NVIDIA or ATI framebuffer cards is a bonus for the bounty but not required. AROS CG, $100 is already donated by DiscreetFX

Port ToasterCG to Amiga OS 4.0 and remove hardware dependencies. Making CG take advantage of NVIDIA or ATI framebuffer cards is a bonus for the bounty but not required. OS 4.0 CG, $100 is already donated by DiscreetFX

Port ToasterCG to MorphOS and remove hardware dependencies. Making CG take advantage of NVIDIA or ATI framebuffer cards is a bonus for the bounty but not required. Morph CG, $100 is already donated by DiscreetFX

ToasterCG source code is available from the following website. http://www.openvideotoaster.org

Please watch the DiscreetFX website for donation buttons later tonight.






    

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Re: Open Video Toaster Instant Bounties
Posted on 15-Jul-2008 1:49:18
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This press release is for July 14, 2008 not 2007.

LOL

Could someone please update the press release to the right year?



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Re: Open Video Toaster Instant Bounties
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Done !


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Moxee, thanx a bunch for your help.


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Hmm.. HD3850 with 800, 32 bit stream processors, each with 16k L1 cache.. You think Amiga demo coders could use the 10*10*8 format for TV manipulation? 8)

Things could be very intresting?


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Paypal buttons for these bounties are now on the Open Video Toaster Site, donate whatever you are able to if your interested in video editing for Amiga OS 4.0, AROS & MorphOS.


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I guess my question is: how much potential does the video toaster code have? How far could it be extended, theoretically? How limited is the Toaster hardware compared to today's hardware?

I'm not attempted to marginalize the efforts; far from it. I'm just curious how much potential there is.


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Great potential in the software. Even the hardware is still kind of cool, it's a low cost realltime video switcher. Those still cost a lot on Windows & Mac. Here is a example of what the Amiga Toaster can do. This video also highlights the power of ToasterCG the focus of the first Instant Bounties.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_K8vnx2ZDc

Last edited by DiscreetFX on 15-Jul-2008 at 06:35 AM.
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The problem is that there is a lot (and when I mean lot, I really mean *lot*) of ASM parts in the sources. A port would almost mean a rewrite :-/


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Please do not take this the wrong way chaps, however is the Toaster still relevant in today's video society? Surely everything produced these days is output at HD - does the Toaster support such resolutions?

Certainly, the Video Toaster was a killer piece of hardware and software in the early 90s, but for goodness sake, it's 2008 - who in their right mind would use those out-dated screenwipes and effects in a professional environment?

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First I never used it, however I think I can safely answer you anyway : no HD output is not supported in current version because it uses Amiga Chips and Amiga Chips does not support this.
On the other hand in the event of a port with chip dependency removing I don't see why you can't have higher resolutions (in the extend of supported ones supported by your GFX card of course).


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This is going to need someone who knows 68k assembly. I had a look at the source-code yesterday, and there's a huge amount of ASM code (like Abalaban said). That's just too much for me.

I really do want to write video editing software, but I'm likely to start from scratch.

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Hans you could look at some of the other code, like to the switcher. That is written in C.


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A few points to keep in mind.

There is a good amount of C in the CG.

The asm parts would need to be rewritten anyway. They pretty much look like the low-level hardware dependent stuff or color conversions that may/may not be needed.

It already has the option to build without a dependency on the Toaster, presumably for testing purposes.


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Hans you could look at some of the other code, like to the switcher. That is written in C.

Actually, that's mostly ASM as well. Incidentally, IZArc complains about a bad header for that archive.

Either way, whoever does on OVT will need some unserstanding of 68k assembly.

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@Hans

Maybe its possible to include the 680x0 parts as precompiled machine code, and use IExec->Emulate function on the binary data.

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The ASM code is very nicely organized, should not be hard to convert, just a big job that will take some time.

On the other hand the C code style is pretty bad.. as I see it..

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