would it also be possible to use this method to add suppoort for apple and real files using the rendering engines of the existing players? i would love to see this happen!! one ring to control them all...
it is freeware and doesn't seem to have any licensing problems.
a lot of programs include quicktime support via the apple engine. whisset is an example (they have a separate apple plugin): http://www.whisset.com/
others include blaze media pro and fmv4, as well a some winamp video plugins.
it seems apple licensing is fairly lenient (since the apple player must be installed in order to play their files). real media licensing is a little more touchy (so i've heard) but obviously it has been done before by both ultraplayer, fmv4, and media jukebox. both ultraplayer and fmv4 are freeware so i don't believe that they are paying anything to real for use of the engine. it might be wise however to distribute support for such additional filetypes as plugins that can be deleted from servers if anyone raises a big stink about it. since it is a plugin, however, it can still be maintained separately underground by "anonymous" authors.
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