i am tired of the state of multimedia in the free software world.
phonon has eased so many of my multimedia pains while using kde4 apps (such as re-routing audio to my usb headset) that i'm getting sightly spoiled. i imagine it's what windows and mac people have felt like .. well .. for a long, long time. and that in itself is just sad that we've waited this long.
for the last two days (on and off) i've been trying to put together a screencast. in the past i've used recordmydesktop with the qt-recordMyDesktop front end. now, no love. recordmydesktop sometimes works. if there is anything touching the soundcard it just refuses to work. the rest of the time, it sometimes works. randomly. i've now done half a dozen records that didn't come out (no audio or just nothingness). and so for right now, i'm done. no screencast, i'm sorry. blame media on linux. i've done my bit, and it's let me down. were i a normal human being i'd be off back to proprietary software.
this is pathetic and alarming.
it doesn't end there, though. i've played with the various sound recording apps: audacity, jokosher, etc.. they all fail badly in one way or an other. it's not the UI (ok, those are pretty crap too, tbh) but rather the utter lack of sensible media hardware interaction.
we clamour over our ability to play media, probably because that was a long and hard road, too. but now we're at the point where we need to be able to record media ... and you know what? it's really, really bad right now.
a few years back we were way behind with display technology (think x.org) and we're eventually catching up with that (i have a blog i'm working on that topic, actually). today we're at the same sort of point of suckage when it comes to media play and capture. we must fix this or else go down in flames.