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Announcement   Announcement : DiscreetFX Increases Open Video Toaster Instant Bounties
   posted by DiscreetFX on 21-Aug-2009 0:37:58 (3825 reads)
Chicago, Illinois – August 20th, 2009

For Immediate Release


In an effort to increase application availability on Amiga OS 4.1, MorphOS & AROS DiscreetFX has just increased the Instant Bounties on Open Video Toaster's CG application. 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. What is Amiga ToasterCG? It is a surprisingly well featured easy to use character generator that's code is very portable even if you don't have an Amiga Video Toaster card. Debug versions of this application existed in NewTek that did not require the Toaster hardware.





Instant Bounties do take a little trust on our part since they 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.


The larger goal of this contest is to stimulate development of video editing and video production software for MorphOS, Amiga OS 4.1 & 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 mainstream video editing. 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. The Amiga Video Toaster's ease of use and learning curve are still relevant even after all this time. You will not be editing you next HD block buster with the Amiga Video Toaster but you could teach yourself video editing in about 20 minutes.


Amiga Video Toaster 4000 & Flyer cards are getting hard to come by so the importance of Open Video Toaster grows. DiscreetFX has already increased the bounties to the following amounts.

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, $500 donation now increased by DiscreetFX.

Port ToasterCG to Amiga OS 4.1 and remove hardware dependencies. Making CG take advantage of NVIDIA or ATI framebuffer cards is a bonus for the bounty but not required. OS 4.1 CG, $600 is already donated by DiscreetFX and OS4.1 supporters.

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, $500 is already donated by DiscreetFX.

Donations are paid instantly via Paypal to programmers that are assigned each bounty.

Download source code from the link below.

Open Video Toaster



Best regards

DiscreetFX Team

    

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saimon69 
Re: DiscreetFX Increases Open Video Toaster Instant Bounties
Posted on 21-Aug-2009 7:29:16
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Did anybody with coder skills ever gave a look at the toaster source code? Mean, how is complicated to do what the rewuirements ask? how much of the code is in assembler and how much of it is in much portable C/C++?

Ok, i just checked digipaint and is written in assembler, in short it requires to be rewritten in C and then ported for the new amigas and AROS, definitely a damn long job...

How actual is the toaster GUI and how can be improved for a modern workflow?
Plus, what is the license under which the OVT will be released?

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Posted on 21-Aug-2009 7:38:15
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@saimon69

Bad example, DigiPaint was only included for historical purposes and it is all ASM. No active bounties are available for DigiPaint. Other parts of the code are written in C, like the ToasterCG for example. The GUI is also written in C. Now that Amiga OS 4.1, MorphOS 2.3 & AROS are pretty mature applications are desperately needed to fuel demand for these operating systems.

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@DiscreetFX

I am not a programmer, but can recognize when stuff is kinda hard to port, and since i downloaded also ToasterCG i confirm that is mostly written in C, just need to be hardware-abstracted.

But, since even in the official forums nobody talk about the OVT files, it was my intention to start some kind of brainstorming on how to use those sources, what has to be done and how.

Among AROS users and supporters, me first would like to see those tools ported, especially now that AROS gained a decent USB support.

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I thought everything is in assembler. If the most important/useful things are C then it shouldn't be difficult to update those parts.


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@Tomppeli

Nope, lots of C to have fun with.


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Maybe some reality check is needed...

I had a look into the source code and it consists of approx. 50% pure Assembler (and no, its not mixed with other program´s sources, its CG only, as the makefile shows!). Well commented, but Assembler. Additionally, it needs post.library which should be ported to OS4, too. So, porting CG alone is a HUGE task. Lets hope somebody will tackle this for roundabout 400 EUR...

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Added a reference of the bounty to my blog :)

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@Saimon69


Thanx, this code is a great piece of the Amiga's history and should live on in some form.


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Amiga ToasterCG is demonstrate in the video below.

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


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Another great historical video about the Video Toaster.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9lUQmoj7ts


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Another great historical video about the Video Toaster.


Both great videos

Few today realize that part of Amiga history.


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@thread

I would love to see a port of ToasterCG.

I think the amount of the bounty has to grow.
The effort of porting is very very big !!!


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