Open source multimedia development and services

Collabora and Fluendo Invest in GStreamer Open Source Multimedia Framework

Two of the leading corporations with significant investments in the GStreamer project are joining forces to help promote the commercial adoption of GStreamer.

February 24, 2012 -- Collabora Ltd. and Fluendo S.A., two world leaders in open source multimedia, will invest in promoting the GStreamer multimedia framework through the creation of a cross platform software development kit (SDK), targeting desktop and server platforms like Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, and very soon to include leading mobile platforms, such as Android.

For 2012, the objective of the partnership between Fluendo and Collabora is to ease GStreamer adoption by providing a full-featured, well tested and high quality multimedia sub-system for desktop, server and embedded systems.

ISV and software developers will be able to target the SDK as a unified platform with their product offerings. This open platform will serve as a reliable tool to certify GStreamer products. In this context, Fluendo plans to offer their high quality suite of commercial audio and video codecs for the SDK and Collabora will offer their consulting services and high level IP conferencing and video editing components. This will be a first step towards creating a rich ecosystem where other companies will be welcome to join and provide even more options.

The GStreamer SDK will offer a completely new way to get started with GStreamer. Developers will be able to depend on the tested and certified SDK, knowing that their application will work across all supported operating systems and architectures, instead of dealing with the intricacies of assembling, testing and building media engines across multiple platforms themselves.

Collabora and Fluendo aim to create a common space where GStreamer stakeholders can communicate the advantages of the framework efficiently, while providing technical documentation supported by GStreamer professionals. Bolstering the GStreamer multimedia framework will ensure that GStreamer remains the world's premier open source multimedia framework.

Future plans to add various thriving mobile and embedded platforms will include a GStreamer SDK supporting a myriad of use cases, such as set-top boxes, in vehicle entertainment, and mobile devices, among others.

"At Collabora we've worked with developers across a wide range of operating systems and target markets, and often the projects have required different portability and QA work depending on the use cases. We're joining forces with Fluendo to make this a thing of the past and release a GStreamer SDK that allows developers to start quickly and focus on their product development, whatever the platform or application.", said Collabora CTO and co-founder Rob McQueen. "I'm very excited to see GStreamer available to an even wider audience and the applications that can be built with its power and flexibility."

"Since its foundation in 2004, Fluendo has strongly invested to improve and ease the adoption of GStreamer. Today, the market has proven that Fluendo's initial standpoint went on the right direction, and the time has come for us to renew our commitment. In this context, we are very excited to enter into a new investment phase, shared with Collabora. We are convinced that this partnership will help GStreamer continue to be a success, both from a technical and a commercial perspective" said Julien Moutte, Fluendo CTO and co-founder.

"In the GStreamer community we have always prided ourselves on making an effort to make GStreamer a great choice for both commercial and open source developers alike and we are happy to see this effort by GStreamer backers Collabora and Fluendo to help accelerate adoption further." said Wim Taymans, GStreamer maintainer.

Anyone attending Mobile World Congress 2012 who would like to meet the Fluendo and Collabora team is welcome to send an email to contact@fluendo.com .


About GStreamer

GStreamer is an advanced open source multimedia framework used in a wide range of operating systems and devices. The GStreamer project aims at providing a modern and modular system suitable for any major multimedia product. GStreamer is already the de-facto standard multimedia platform for "Linux based" operating systems and with the upcoming GStreamer 1.0 release series the power of GStreamer will become available to an even wider audience.

About Collabora

Headquartered in Cambridge, UK with a network of developers worldwide, Collabora Ltd. is a software consultancy specializing in delivering the benefits of open source to the commercial world. Collabora combines years of open source software expertise with hard-won experience from working in the mobile and consumer electronics industries. They help clients effectively take open source technologies from the community to real-world consumers, re-using existing components to reduce time to market and focus on product differentiation.

For more information regarding Collabora, please visit http://www.collabora.com

About Fluendo

Founded in 2004 in Barcelona, Fluendo specializes in software development and consulting services to enable multimedia on multiple devices and operating systems. Fluendo employs several of the central developers of GStreamer, an Open Source framework which is quickly establishing itself as the de-facto standard multimedia framework for GNU/Linux and UNIX systems. Fluendo provides a wide range of products under and above GStreamer, including proprietary codecs (together with their respective patent licenses), a streaming server, the Fluendo DVD Player, and Moovida Pro. Fluendo develops multimedia software to offer cross-platform and open source-based multimedia solutions for computer devices and consumer electronics, always aiming at proposing an innovative perspective of entertainment.

For more information regarding Fluendo, please visit www.fluendo.com


Android is a trademark of Google Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.
Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries.
Mac OS is a trademark of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.