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Democracy Player (Slashdot)

Posted by CmdrTaco on Sunday December 03, @09:28AM
from the getting-better-all-the-time dept.

Dean writes Democracy Player, the open source answer for RSS video aggregation/playback, has just made it to 0.9.2 for Windows, Mac and Linux. If you haven’t tried Democracy Player for a while, it’s time to try it again. The application is more responsive and stable, uses less memory, integrates Bittorrent, and can now play Flash videos (including stuff from YouTube, Google, Yahoo, etc). Democracy takes all the hassle out of finding and watching videos from your favorite sources.”

Every few months I try Democracy Player and after seeing the Slashdot post (above), I decided to check it again on by Linux Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy) box.  I like the concept, where you have a single application that allows you to view video from a myriad of sources (Google Video, Yahoo Video, Video Podcasts, etc), Democracy Player in my opinion needs more work for it to be a viable player.

Issues:

  1. It is an XUL application.  These types of applications run within Mozilla and are notorious for being slow and memory hungry
  2. It is very unstable
    1. Searching Google Video and playing any of the selections can crash the player or lock it solid (requiring a kill -9)
    2. Sometimes it will crash just on starting

I would recommend that the developers seriously consider rewriting it so it isn’t an XUL application.

Update:

I’m running the Democracy Player on Windows XP and it is very nice. It still suffers from large memory use and being rather slow though.

Things I would like to see:

  1. Ability to re-download a video file as sometimes the file was garbled or incomplete. Currently, you have to delete the file in the player and tell it to download it.

  2. The New Videos channel should only include videos. Currently it includes all downloaded files. (i.e. if you download an mp3 file, it shows up in the New Videos channel)
  3. Ability to sort the files in the various channels by date received, date of the file, name, etc.
  4. On Windows XP, when you maximize the windows (not full screen mode), the bottom part of the window is chopped off because it is behind the task bar. Maximized windows should end just above the task bar.
  5. Ability to resize the window so the video being played is smaller than the original video size. For example, if you want to have the video playing in a small corner of your screen and work on other things.
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