August 28, 2002

QuickTime Documentation

Apple, although often accused of bad developer support, is still loads better than Microsoft. At least in my opinion. I downloaded a few QuickTime developer documents from the Apple Developer Connection to read up on Video Digitizers. All of the Inside Macintosh books are available for free download in PDF format. And a lot of it (if not all of it) is available for online browsing in HTML. I happen to have a copy of them on CD-ROM from several years ago, but I don't use it.

Their free suite of development tools is also excellent. Project Builder is the best IDE I've ever used, both from a functional and user-interface standpoint. Interface Builder is also really cool. Symantec C++ (which I guess doesn't exist anymore), Metrowerks CodeWarrior, and Forte for Java (now Sun ONE Studio). None of those are as good.

So I've read up on using Video Digitizers in Inside Macintosh: QuickTime Components. The API seems straight-forward enough, but as I learned when adding audio support to vat, I'm going to run into problems I didn't know about. Or maybe that phase is over since I've already tried to get vic to capture video a bunch of times using Sequence Grabbers.

Posted by josuah at August 28, 2002 11:53 PM UTC+00:00

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