Wednesday, October 31, 2007

How to install pymedia on Ubuntu (Gutsy)

"Pymedia is a Python library for accessing and manipulating media files. It makes audio and video playback/creation a snap for even a newcomer to programming." There is a deb installer available for pymedia 1.3.5 but not for 1.3.7 So I decided to write this howto.

First install all the dependencies:
sudo apt-get install python-dev libogg-dev libvorbis-dev liblame-dev libfaad2-dev libasound2-dev python-pygame
(Pygame is not really necessary, but recommended.)

Extract a download of pymedia-*.tgz and open a terminal in the extracted folder, so we can build pymedia:
python build

This should display:
Using UNIX configuration...

OGG : found
VORBIS : found
FAAD : found
MP3LAME : found
ALSA : found
Continue building pymedia ? [Y,n]:

If everything is found press Y

Finally install pymedia:
sudo python install

Test if pymedia installed correctly by typing this at the python shell:
import pymedia

You may now proceed to the pymedia tutorials.

Monday, October 22, 2007

SPE 0.8.4.b works fine in Ubuntu Gutsy

The latest version of SPE 0.8.4.b works very well in Ubuntu Gutsy. It is available through subversion. However the repository package is outdated, as it is still on 0.8.2.a What SPE needs to solve this issue is a Debian packager with love for python. This is the related bug on launchpad, from which I quote Scott:
"Ubuntu gets this package from Debian and it appears that it's been orphaned in Debian.
(...) it'd be hugely helpful if someone concerned about spe would adopt it in Debian. There is a Debian Python Applications Team with active DD support, so you need not be a DD to do this."
If you are not a packager it would be nice if you leave your comment on the launchpad bug.
So this gets more attention and will be fixed sooner as there is more demand. If someone steps up to package this for debian, I will release a new version of SPE.
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