- Open source
- Very well documented
- Very clear, direct, non-obfuscated, and well documented source code (specifically the video decoding portion)
- More stable than existing decoders
- Capable of decoding all types of audio and video that existing decoders can, plus more
- Highest decoding quality possible
Unfortunately, the goals to make the source code as clear as possible, and highest decoding quality, have the side effect of making the decoder rather slow. Right now it decodes between 0.5-4 frames per second on my 2.8Ghz machine. The only way I plan on improving the speed is by using a disgustingly obfuscated IDCT. Since that is by far the slowest part of the decoder, it could help a lot.
The first version will simply be a command-line tool. It will decode video into a series of images, and the audio into a wav file. It will handle standard STR files, plus a few special formats: Final Fantasy VII,
The next version I plan to include raw CD reading (for Windows), fix bugs, and maybe add some more special game handling. I think I also want to add raw file copying off CDs.
Following that, I hope to add a GUI to the program. I'm thinking of duplicating much of PsxMC's interface.
I'm not sure what to do about encoding the movies into another movie format. Trying to use Video for Windows in Java would be a pain in the butt (read JNI), and it also wouldn't be cross platform. My current thought is to do what jMencode does: provide a GUI for open-source encoding programs. It appears mencoder can encode using the computer's Video for Windows codecs. But I know how much everyone likes, and is familiar with how Video for Windows works. So currently I don't have a clear plan of what to do.
Want to help? Come up with a GUI, an encoding method, or raw CD reading for Linux/Mac!