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Android 4 offers new OpenMAX AL API support for low-level streaming multimedia

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Google's recently announced Android 4.0 platform, and related Ice Cream Sandwich SDK, include many new media capabilities. One very nice addition is the introduction for low-level streaming multimedia. To support this low-level streaming, the platform introduces a new native API based on the Khronos OpenMAX AL 1.0.1 API. This API is implemented on the same underlying services as the platform’s existing OpenSL ES API, so developers can make use of both APIs together if needed. Tools support for low-level streaming multimedia will be available in an upcoming release of the Android NDK. Learn more about OpenMAX AL on the Khronos Group website.
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Android releases updated NDK adding OpenMAX AL and OpenSL ES APIs

Android released an updated version of the Android NDK bringing it to revision 7. "Android NDK r7 includes a number of build system improvements and bug fixes, but most importantly it gives you access to two new sets of APIs", wrote Xavier Ducrohet on the Android Developers Blog. The two new Khronos Group APIs are: OpenMAX AL 1.0.1 for Low-level streaming multimedia, which provides a direct, efficient path for low-level streaming multimedia; and OpenSL ES used for audio decoding into PCM. Release notes are available on the Android Developers website.
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Khronos Group launches Pan Pacific Tour this month

The Khronos Group's growth continues to be significant and demonstrates the huge opportunity we share as members of this highly specialized industry. Throughout 2012, Khronos is hosting a series of media events, educational sessions and F2F meetings for consortium members and prospective clients. The Khronos Pan Pacific Road Show 2012 is devoted to our members and colleagues in the Pan Pacific region with a focus on education and training. Complete details on all the upcoming events can be found on the Khronos Group event page. The first events will be held in Taiwan starting February 13 2012.
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Khronos Group Releases OpenMAX IL 1.2 Provisional Specification

The Khronos Group today announced the release of OpenMAX™ IL 1.2 as a provisional specification. OpenMAX IL is a royalty-free, cross-platform C-language API for integration of multimedia components into media frameworks to simplify deployment of audio/video encoders/decoders, camera control, and audio, video and image processing algorithms across diverse platforms. OpenMAX IL 1.2 is a backward compatible upgrade that includes dynamic buffer allocation, improved media graph management, in-band signaling, enhanced audio video synchronization, a wider range of standard components and enhanced camera control capabilities together with many other improvements and clarifications to increase interoperability between media processing components. The specification has been released in provisional form to enable developers and implementers to provide feedback before specification finalization. The OpenMAX IL 1.2 provisional specification is available for immediate download.
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Khronos Group Pan Pacific tour continues in Beijing this week

The Khronos Group is hosting another series of DevUs, educational sessions, Member F2F meetings and news conferences aimed at the educational community. The Khronos Pan Pacific Road Show 2012 is devoted to the Pan Pacific region with a focus on education and training, OpenGL and OpenGL ES, OpenCL, WebGL, WebCL OpenVG, OpenSL ES and OpenMAX. Complete details on all the upcoming events can be found on the Khronos Group event page. The next events will be held in Beijing on March 13 2012. Free registration is now open.
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Khronos Group Meetings in Taipei and Hsinchu in June a success

The Khronos Group just wrapped up another tour in Asia. Slides from the visit and a few photos are available online.
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Collabora announces GStreamer OpenMax IL wrapper plug-in

Collabora has announced the release of their GStreamer OpenMax IL wrapper plug-in for the GStreamer 1.x multimedia framework. The new plug-in release by Collabora supports the stable GStreamer 1.x API/ABI with a generic OpenMAX IL implementation as well as special support for the OpenMAX features of the Raspberry Pi. (News via Phoronix)
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CEVA Introduces OpenMAX IL based AMF - Android Multimedia Framework

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CEVA, Inc. has announced a new low-energy software framework for Android based systems. The Android Multimedia Framework (AMF) efficiently reduces the power consumption required for complex multimedia processing using a heterogeneous CPU and DSP system architecture. Using the Khronos Groups OpenMAX IL API, AMF complies with the current Android 4.x versions.
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VLC 2.1 supports a slew of Khronos APIs

VLC 2.1, known as 'Rincewind', has been released for OS X and is considered a major upgrade. OpenGL has now been ported to OpenGL ES with new video inputs for iOS using OpenGL ES 2. Improvements to the OpenMAX IL decoders, encoders and renderers has been made along with correct YUV-RGB color matrix in the OpenGL shaders.
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muvee Brings Multimedia Editing Tools to Developers and Customers with OpenGL and OpenMAX

muvee Device Solutions Group announced the release of the muvee Advanced Multimedia SDK (mAMS) to enable customers, partners and developers to create video applications with video, text, and audio support. mAMS eliminates the big hurdles of developers having to learn the intricacies of multimedia frameworks, by using third party libraries like OpenGL and OpenMax.
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