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Linux.com: XMMS Plugins: A New Look

Apr 30, 2000, 03:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan-Erik Mouzakis Gagnum)

"This is ment to be a quick overview, introducing Linux users to one of the most widely used multimedia systems in Linux: the X MultiMedia System (XMMS). We will talk about what makes XMMS so popular, including its plugins. The main reason that XMMS is so popular, apart from its distinct name, is because it is quite expandable due to plugins. A Plugin to an application, as the name implies is a piece of software that, when compiled, can further expand and extend the functions of the application without actually recompiling the original source code. To give an example, if I had a really cool idea for a Scope, I could write it up as a plugin and never actually worry about including an implementation in the source code of the XMMS. XMMS itself makes numerous plugins available for the common user."

"Plugins are categorized by their functionality. There are Plugins that add additional Input and Output capabilities. Input plugins affect how XMMS is going to read the input audio file. For example you want XMMS to be a able to play AU, or WAV format files, then you have to install the input plugin that enables you to do this."

"Likewise, output plugins control how XMMS will produce output and where it will be sent. Some Output plugins affect how the output is sent to the audio device. For example, if you have an audio card that supports eSound, then the Output plugin to use would be eSound - one compatible with esd (Enlightenment Sound Daemon). Other output plugins are available for OSS, and ALSA compatible audio cards. Output plugins do not necessarily have to output to audio devices. They could output files and hence, in a sense, act as a file format converter. Next we have General and Effects plugins. General and Effects plugins generally deal with the way one can control XMMS."

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