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Mar 09, 2010

Random Video App

posted at 01:05 GMT by T.Whid in /news/twhid

I’m happy to announce that we’re releasing an OS X application that does one thing: plays back a playlist of videos randomly until you make it stop.

We call it Random Video App.

If you want to play back a bunch of videos randomly from a Macintosh computer, this will do it for you. It uses the QuickTime framework so any video that QuickTime can play will be played by this app. We’ve used it to play SD and HD video in real-world gallery situations.

Most of the code was originally written by Alex Galloway for MTAA’s “One Year Performance Video (gallery version).” It was then updated for “Karaoke Deathmatch 100.” It’s been updated and used for other pieces over the years.

For this public release, I’ve updated and streamlined the software a bit and done other little adjustments to make it suitable for distribution.

Again, it does one thing: plays back a playlist of videos completely randomly. It’s been well-tested in the real world where it’s run video installations for hours and hours with no crashes, freezes, panics or other nasty things occurring.

 Download Random Video App

It’s important that you read the readme.txt distributed with the software or you won’t know how to use it. If you find it useful and you use it, let us know. It would make us happy to know it was useful to you.

more notes
  • This version of the software has only been tested on OS X 10.5. If you try it on other versions of the OS and it works. Awesome! Drop us an email and let us know.
  • It won’t work on Power PC-based computers. But it may if you re-compile it, which brings me to the next note…
  • If you want the source let me know. It’s open source, but I’m just too lazy to clean it all up for distribution unless someone actually wants it.
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