Phonon is the Qt multimedia toolkit. It allows developers to add multimedia functionality to applications with minimal effort.
- Works on Linux, OSX, *BSD, Windows, Meego, Maemo, and likely more
- Leverages pre-existing multimedia frameworks such as GStreamer, VLC, DirectShow, etc.
- Eliminates the need for developers to worry about installing codecs, managing pipelines, decoding to the proper format, learning XVideo or DirectShow, and more.
For the most detailed and up-to-date information on using phonon, have a look at the latest API documentation. Several tutorials are also available:
In addition, numerous examples can be found inside the demos/ directory of the phonon sources. They are well-documented and provide the basis for the above tutorials.
To provide cross-platform support, Phonon is powered by various backend libraries. The stable backends are:
Other backends have been created in the past, however they are currently unmaintained and looking for developers:
If you desire a more real-time support method, you can also hang out in #phonon on freenode.
Phonon's source code is hosted on the KDE infrastructure and is available for viewing at quickgit.kde.org. It is recommended that you also join the kde-multimedia and phonon-backends mailing lists mentioned in the previous section. Finally, join us in #phonon on Freenode.
Our current developers:
- Harald Sitter (apachelogger), Phonon master overlord, VLC backend developer
- Torie Fischer (tdfischer), GStreamer backend developer
- Romain Perier (bambee), GStreamer backend developer
- Colin Guthrie (coling), PulseAudio integration officer