Back in July, I ranted about Flash and mentioned Gnash, the GNU Flash movie player. Since then, I’ve gotten into the source and have been working on producing Win32 builds Gnash. You can try these unofficial builds out, if you’re interested:
- Gnash 0.8.0: gnash-0.8.0-win32-agg-fltk-none.zip (6.1M)
- Gnash 0.8.1: gnash-0.8.1-win32-agg-fltk-ffmpeg.zip (7.6M)
As of this moment, 0.8.1 is the latest release. Everything “works” although not very well (jittery sound, etc.) — it’s a great start, though.
To get started, just unzip the archive into your Program Files directory–the archive contains the files in a Gnash subdirectory. There’s no self-executing installer for Win32 yet, nor have I built the npgnash.dll browser plugin for Win32, either. I’ll work on those for a future release.
I just discovered that on Win32 in MSYS and/or Cygwin, executing fltk-gnash.exe with no arguments gives you program usage output but under WinXP’s cmd.exe, you get nothing. So, here’s the text you should have gotten from the 0.8.1 build:
Error: no input file was specified. usage: gnash [options] movie_file.swf Plays a SWF (Shockwave Flash) movie options: -h, --help Print this info. -s <factor> Scale the movie up/down by the specified factor -c Produce a core file instead of letting SDL trap it -d num Number of milliseconds to delay in main loop -v Be verbose; i.e. print log messages to stdout -va Be verbose about movie Actions -vp Be verbose about parsing the movie -m <bias> Specify the texture LOD bias (float, default is -1.0) -x <id> X11 Window ID for display -w Produce the disk based debug log -j <width> Set window width -k <height> Set window height -1 Play once; exit when/if movie reaches the last frame -g Turn on the Flash debugger -r <0|1|2|3> 0 disables both rendering & sound (good for batch tests) 1 enables rendering & disables sound 2 enables sound & disables rendering 3 enables both rendering & sound (default) -t <sec> Timeout and exit after the specified number of seconds -b <bits> Bit depth of output window (16 or 32, default is 16) -u <url> Set "real" url of the movie (useful for downloaded movies) -U <url> Set "base" url for this run (used to resolve relative urls, defaults to movie url) -P <param> Set parameter (ie. "FlashVars=A=1&b=2") -V, --version Print gnash's version number and exit keys: CTRL-Q, CTRL-W, ESC Quit/Exit CTRL-P Toggle Pause CTRL-R Restart the movie CTRL-[ or kp- Step back one frame CTRL-] or kp+ Step forward one frame CTRL-B Toggle background color
Feel free to give the 0.8.1 binaries a try–I’d love to hear how it works for you.