Multimedia and Music
The digital convergence of media in recent years has seen an ever increasing use of computer-based platforms for the consumption of all forms of media. At the same time, the continued rise of computer performance means that sophisticated production techniques and software are now within reach of everyone. This evolving landscape presents many opportunities and challenges to both developers and users of opensource software. The 2013 LCA Multimedia and music miniconf will provide a forum to explore all aspects of production and playback of music, audio and video on open-source platforms.
As at previous successful multimedia and music miniconfs at linux.conf.au, presentations will cover this dynamic topic from both the user and developer perspectives. To this end, several people have already expressed an interest in presenting at the miniconf: Jan Schmidt has a multi-room networked music system to tell us about, while Pia Waugh would like to take attendees through the art of mashups and the remix. Accordingly, the miniconf will appeal to a broad cross-section of the open-source community and provide a catalyst for many varied and interesting discussions between developers and users of open-source audio, video and music software.
Jonathan Woithe is a Linux developer from Adelaide in Australia. He has been using Linux since the early 1990s both privately and as part of his employment, and has been sporadically contributing small patches to the Linux kernel and various open source userspace projects for about 10 years. He is currently one of the primary developers of the FFADO project (http://www.ffado.org), working mainly on the MOTU and RME device drivers. He is also the maintainer of the Fujitsu laptop driver in the Linux kernel. Jonathan's primary opensource focus is presently on software related audio and video production.
Silvia is an open video technology enthusiast with a long background in open source software, media technology research and development, and in open standards. She has a PhD in audio and video content analysis, has worked with research institutes, started her own video technology company, is a freelance Web and standards developer, and is currently a Google contractor working on W3C video standards and Google video technology. She has been one of the key drivers of video accessibility specifications in HTML5 and the author of “The Definitive Guide to HTML5 Video”.