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Title: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: HammerD on July 20, 2014, 04:16:29 AM
Hi all! Back in 1995/1996 I was in contact with Daniel Nyberg.  He had written a small program to play MPEG video files.  I asked him if he could make it work to play back MPEG video files onto the CD32 FMV module.  He made a special version for me that does that.  

I am wondering if anyone knows if Daniel is still around.  Since I no longer have a CD32 and FMV module (I just have the CD32), I really have no use for the software now.  It is copyrighted by him, but if he is still around it would be nice to put it on Aminet with his permission - and maybe anyone with a CD32+FMV Module could try it out.

When I start the program it says this:

6.OS39:Apps/PlayMPEG> plaympeg
PlayMPEG Copyright 1995 Daniel Nyberg.
Demo version for Darren Eveland only.
$VER: PlayMPEG.c 0.137 (Tuesday 02-Jan-96 04:49:47)

DARREN EVENLAND SPECIAL EDITION!!!! :)
PlayMPEG [<-options>]
Options: I = Sight, C = Clock, N = NTSC, P = PAL, D = Display
         1 = Normal rate, 2 = 1/2 speed, 3 = 1/3 speed etc...
         S = System stream (VideoCD), R = Parsed system stream
         V = Video stream, A = Audio stream
         X = AREXX mode. (Disabled in demo version.)
Default: NTSC, Normal rate, Video stream
Example: PlayMPEG flight.mpeg -sn2

Read PlayMPEG.doc for complete documentation.


I searched Aminet for PlayMPEG but it is not there.

Anyone know anything about this?  I just have the executable software and it runs on OS3.9 and obviously if you run it on a CD32+FMV from a shell it will play back an MPEG using the FMV hardware.
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: stefcep2 on July 20, 2014, 10:13:34 AM
The issue that authors of ancient software like his seem to have is that they might miss out on some royalties if someone uses it in a commercial way.

Others just don't want anyone to use it without their permission.  Personally I don'y get that with something as obsolete as this, and its a shame if it just sits on your hard drive.

Try and see if you can contact him, and if not put it on aminet anyway with a readme explaining the situation.
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: Jeff on July 20, 2014, 03:33:55 PM
Quote from: stefcep2;769420

Try and see if you can contact him, and if not put it on aminet anyway with a readme explaining the situation.


In my personal experience with a situation like this (with HamLab) this isn't enough. You need permission from the author or it doesn't go on Aminet.
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: Vlabguy1 on July 20, 2014, 04:34:08 PM
Have a CD32 and FMV card.. :-)..

Rich
I guess it would be cool to try out.
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: UberFreak on July 20, 2014, 05:51:29 PM
Send it to the TOSEC team.
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: Nickman on July 20, 2014, 07:35:46 PM
Did a quick google and found one Daniel Nyberg on facebook who was atleast active in the Amiga comunity around 1995. Sent him a message and asked if it was him who made the program.. I'll get back to you when i get a reply.
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: HammerD on July 21, 2014, 02:40:58 PM
Quote from: Nickman;769448
Did a quick google and found one Daniel Nyberg on facebook who was atleast active in the Amiga comunity around 1995. Sent him a message and asked if it was him who made the program.. I'll get back to you when i get a reply.


Thanks, I hope he replies!

Darren
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: slayer on July 21, 2014, 11:19:12 PM
This could have been exactly what I needed way back then. When I was looking at making a touch screen stand alone unit based on the CD32/FMV. I had a falling out with my business partner and this never got realised but 10 years later he called me and asked me if I remembered what my idea had been about this and that they were now doing it in there show homes. Funny thing Life, if you let other people get in the way of your own visions.

Breifly the idea was to have an interactive menu using Amigavision or Scala (targetting kitset homes initially) where there would be computer generated modelled houses with there associated expansions but also have a special section which enabled a potential buyer to view an mpeg video of a real house already built. I often wondered how I would get the mpeg to play through the FMV unit using available solutions at the time...

It would have been a sold complete unit with a monthly/annual fee for any updated information... I was looking at a 1x speed WORM drive for $10,000.00 HOLY MOLY

Anyway, why did I tell you that long drawn out story LOL

I think I have about 12 CD32s and 2 FMV Units, so I could use it ;-)
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: AAACHIPSET on July 22, 2014, 12:10:50 PM
Quote from: HammerD;769399
Hi all! Back in 1995/1996 I was in contact with Daniel Nyberg.  He had written a small program to play MPEG video files.  I asked him if he could make it work to play back MPEG video files onto the CD32 FMV module.  He made a special version for me that does that.  

I am wondering if anyone knows if Daniel is still around.  Since I no longer have a CD32 and FMV module (I just have the CD32), I really have no use for the software now.  It is copyrighted by him, but if he is still around it would be nice to put it on Aminet with his permission - and maybe anyone with a CD32+FMV Module could try it out.

When I start the program it says this:

6.OS39:Apps/PlayMPEG> plaympeg
PlayMPEG Copyright 1995 Daniel Nyberg.
Demo version for Darren Eveland only.
$VER: PlayMPEG.c 0.137 (Tuesday 02-Jan-96 04:49:47)

DARREN EVENLAND SPECIAL EDITION!!!! :)
PlayMPEG [<-options>]
Options: I = Sight, C = Clock, N = NTSC, P = PAL, D = Display
         1 = Normal rate, 2 = 1/2 speed, 3 = 1/3 speed etc...
         S = System stream (VideoCD), R = Parsed system stream
         V = Video stream, A = Audio stream
         X = AREXX mode. (Disabled in demo version.)
Default: NTSC, Normal rate, Video stream
Example: PlayMPEG flight.mpeg -sn2

Read PlayMPEG.doc for complete documentation.


I searched Aminet for PlayMPEG but it is not there.

Anyone know anything about this?  I just have the executable software and it runs on OS3.9 and obviously if you run it on a CD32+FMV from a shell it will play back an MPEG using the FMV hardware.
there was a program on aminet to play mpegs  on the cd32 ..i never got it to work ..though im no expert on  shell type  programs...
id be interested in seeing how this program works  ..let me know if it goes on aminet ..
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: HammerD on July 23, 2014, 04:36:02 PM
ok let's hope Nickman gets back to us on Daniel's reply....
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: Nickman on July 23, 2014, 06:39:28 PM
Quote from: HammerD;769611
ok let's hope Nickman gets back to us on Daniel's reply....


Still no reply.
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: Nickman on December 06, 2014, 04:37:06 PM
Quote from: Nickman;769615
Still no reply.


Smal tease.

Daniel just registered and is waiting for validation.
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: HammerD on December 07, 2014, 01:22:33 AM
Quote from: Nickman;779144
Smal tease.

Daniel just registered and is waiting for validation.

Excellent keep us posted :-)
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: Cego on August 14, 2016, 07:58:22 PM
what happened to this? any information or updates? i'd really like to have a programm to play files on my FMV module :)
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: HammerD on August 15, 2016, 05:13:52 AM
Quote from: Cego;812563
what happened to this? any information or updates? i'd really like to have a programm to play files on my FMV module :)


No updates and no contact from Daniel unfortunately...
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: MrD on July 23, 2021, 03:29:23 PM
Well, finally, here I am.

I'm the creator of that MPEG player for the CD32 FMV module. It took seven years to get my account here validated. That must be some kind of record.  ;)

Anyone still here?  ;)
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: midway on July 23, 2021, 03:45:47 PM
Hi, I would love to use it, have a few cd32s and a fmv!

Thanks!

Mike
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: HammerD on July 23, 2021, 05:27:06 PM
Hi ! Nice to hear from you again.  Is it possible you can upload the software to aminet?

Thanks!
Darren
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: Vlabguy1 on July 24, 2021, 03:34:34 AM
I never left 🤙🤙🤙
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: MrD on July 24, 2021, 10:07:57 PM
Hi ! Nice to hear from you again.  Is it possible you can upload the software to aminet?

Thanks!
Darren

Hi Darren!

It's been many years, but yes, I remember doing this demo for you. 😊

Writing this player was not easy. Commodore did not release much documentation for the FMV-module, so I had to get in touch with the software guy at Commodore working on it.

I'll try to find the source code for it and upload it on Aminet.

/ Daniel
Title: Re: PlayMPEG CD32+FMV software found
Post by: Gryfon on July 24, 2021, 10:17:36 PM
Amazing news, thank you so much.