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    Default Suggestions for playing video

    Any suggestions for playing video? I need to play vids between screens/menus.

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    Proton itself has no video playback stuff.

    If you're targeting mobile devices it makes sense to use the native playback methods on the individual OS', they are usually the fastest.

    For instance, iOS has its own movie playback stuff. (There are no hooks in Proton for it, you'd have to work with the ObjectiveC side a bit..)

    I suspect a similar situation with Android. Not too much code, but takes time getting to know the API and making it "just work".

    OR:

    Another way to go would be the more portable "do it manually yourself in C++ and have it work on all devices". It's probably slower than the native movie player as you probably don't have low level access to the HW like they do.

    This wouldn't be too bad if you're going video only and just say, playing a separate big .mp3 with it for the audio (sync may be an issue), but actually a pretty big hassle if you're doing real audio too as you need to do a raw audio streaming buffer which means more fooling around with the native OS stuff which you were trying to get away from. If it's just a few movies, not a big deal to split the audio/video though to get away from that.

    Which codec to use? Not sure, maybe Theora.
    Seth A. Robinson
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    That's what I figured. Seems like native calls is the way to go for now. Thanks!

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