[FFmpeg-devel] [RFC] Google Summer of Code 2012
stefasab at gmail.com
Sat Mar 3 13:28:43 CET 2012
On date Friday 2012-03-02 22:11:29 -0500, compn encoded:
> On Fri, 2 Mar 2012 23:37:26 +0100, Stefano Sabatini wrote:
> >FFmpeg is possibly the most ubiquitous multimedia framework in the
> >FLOSS world, is used as the multimedia engine by a significant part of
> >multimedia applications, and provides the backend of possibly most
> >Internet-based multimedia transcoding services.
> s/FLOSS// . nothing beats ffmpeg in the world!
> multimedia engine ... multimedia applications ... multimedia
> transcoding. get rid of one or two 'multimedia'.
> and you got two possibly's in there. remove both. and remove
> 'internet based' which shouldnt be hyphenated or capitalized.
Done, I left a "possibly" since we don't know.
> >* Backup admin
> >Still to determine
> michael said he would be backup :)
Waiting confirmation from Michael.
> >* Why is your organization applying to participate in Google Summer of
> > Code 2012? What do you hope to gain by participating?
> >We hope to involve more contributors in the community, and at the same
> >time we want to spread awareness of the project.
> maybe gain 'more support for broadcast, web, mobile, film, gaming and
> other multimedia industries.'
OK, but I don't think this is the first objective of the GSoC
application (but a side effect), so I'm leaving that out.
> >* What is your plan for dealing with disappearing students?
> >We'll try to avoid that they will disappear in the first place, so
> >we'll try to make sure that we have different ways to reach out each
> >student. We'll also arrange to have periodical reports from students
> >in order to track their progress.
> mention that we will try to keep scheduled contact with
> students during qualification tasks to make sure they are reliable
> before they are accepted.
> >* What is your plan for dealing with disappearing mentors?
> >We'll try to assign a backup mentor to each task.
> >Even in case there is not an "official" backup mentor, we'll rely on
> >the developers community to help the student to accomplish the
> >assigned task.
> i think a more clear 'several developers have offered to backup in case
> of dissapearing mentor'
Yes but right now I still can't see all these "several developers", so
I'm only stating what we'll try to do.
> thanks for working on this.
NP, working for the glory.
FFmpeg = Frightening Free Murdering Patchable Exuberant Goblin
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* Organization id
* Organization name
* Organization description
FFmpeg is a complete, cross-platform solution to record, convert and
stream audio and video. It includes libavcodec - the leading
audio/video codec library.
FFmpeg is possibly the most ubiquitous multimedia framework in the
world, is used as playback engine by a significant part of FLOSS
multimedia applications, and provides the backend of most transcoding
FFmpeg strives at being the *universal* multimedia toolset and
library, so it aims to support all possible multimedia formats and
Also it strives to be *complete*, meaning that it aims to provide full
fledged support for all operations involved with multimedia,
eventually relying on external projects when it makes sense.
* Organization home page url
* Main organization license
GNU LGPL v2
* Backup admin
Still to determine
* What is the URL for your Ideas page?
* What is the main IRC channel for your organization?
#ffmpeg-devel on irc.freenode.net
* What is the main development mailing list for your organization?
The main development list is:
ffmpeg-devel at ffmpeg.org
You can find contact information for this and other mailing lists at
* Why is your organization applying to participate in Google Summer of
Code 2012? What do you hope to gain by participating?
We hope to involve more contributors in the community, and at the same
time we want to spread awareness of the project.
* Did your organization participate in past Google Summer of Codes? If
so, please summarize your involvement and the successes and challenges
of your participation.
FFmpeg participated to the past editions of Google Summer since 2007,
in the previous year (GSoC 2011) we participated jointly with Libav.
You can find a comprehensive list of all the past applications and
* If your organization has not previously participated in Google Summer
of Code, have you applied in the past? If so, for what year(s)?
* Does your organization have an application template you would like to
see students use? If so, please provide it now.
* What criteria did you use to select your mentors for this year's
program? Please be as specific as possible.
Availability and qualification. Mentors propose themselves based on
their expertise in the domain area for the mentored tasks, and on
their skill to deal with students/people.
Mentors are usually veteran developers who delivered significant
contributions to the project and who deeply know the community and the
project itself. On the other hand there is no need for the
self-elected mentor to be a member of the FFmpeg community, provided
that he can prove sufficient technical knowledge for the task he
wishes to mentor.
* What is your plan for dealing with disappearing students?
We will try to keep scheduled contact with students during
qualification tasks to make sure they are reliable before they are
accepted. Also we'll try to make sure that we have different ways to
reach out each student. We'll also arrange to have periodical reports
from students in order to track their progress.
In case of a disappearing student, we'll try to get in communication
with him/her using all the possible channels at our disposal, and in
case the student can't be reached within a reasonable amount of time,
we'll declare his/her task failed.
* What is your plan for dealing with disappearing mentors?
We'll try to assign a backup mentor to each task.
Even in case there is not an "official" backup mentor, we'll rely on
the developers community to help the student to accomplish the
* What steps will you take to encourage students to interact with your
project's community before, during and after the program?
We'll encourage the students to idle on IRC and we'll request them to
read and possibly participate to discussions on the main development
mailing-list. On the other hand we'll let the students choose the
communication means which better suit them (email, chat, direct voice
call or whatever, public or private communication as agreed with the
We will also try to create a friendly environment where the students
can freely partecipate and where they can find support from the
community. In order to avoid misunderstandings and miscommunication
with the overall community we'll rely on personal comunication between
student and mentor in order to make the student aware of the "culture"
and of the implied rules of the community.
We hope the students will stay around after the task termination on
the ground that they will feel comfortable into the project and will
have genuine interest in continuing their effort with it.
* Are you a new organization who has a Googler or other organization to
vouch for you? If so, please list their name(s) here.
* Are you an established or larger organization who would like to vouch
for a new organization applying this year? If so, please list their
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