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Wiki! Or, What I Did On My Christmas Vacation

December 28th, 2005 by Multimedia Mike

I have been working on this little by little but I think I am finally ready to announce that I have set up a MultimediaWiki. Originally, I wanted to create some kind of database-driven website that could supplant the useful yet infrequently-updated FOURCC list. Plus, I wanted to link to samples, document audio identifiers, and the feature wish list just grew whenever I brainstormed on the idea.

Default Wiki logo

Then I started warming up to the idea of Wiki or, as I like to call it, “the poor man’s content management system”. I have started out with several major categories such as video codec list, audio codec list, container list, and company list. But there are other categories that we might come up with (I am thinking about tracking patents with this system).

I also want this Wiki to somehow supplant my page on undiscovered codecs. I think Wiki categories are the feature that are supposed to facilitate this.

One more activity I wish to promote with this Wiki project is distributed reverse engineering and documentation. To that end, I have started a page called Understanding AAC which will document the bitstream parsing and reconstruction processes for the AAC audio codec that the community will be able to use.

So, what more can I tell you? Get contributing and we’ll see if we can make this idea fly.

Posted in Open Source Multimedia | 3 Comments »

3 Responses

  1. Jim Leonard Says:

    If you want to move to a wiki, I think the first step is populating it with all the info you have in your .txt files at In fact, I think you’re on the cusp of moving your “unknown multimedia adventures” to the weblog, and your technical info to the wiki… which means you won’t need an actual site at any more.

    I’m not being facitious, I’m being serious.

  2. Multimedia Mike Says:

    I was entertaining that very idea of moving all of my info documents to the Wiki. I guess it would make sense to move my Multimedia Exploration Journal over to WordPress format. I should probably investigate the “Page” feature vs. the usual “Post” feature. That could be what I am looking for. It’s important to keep this stuff properly organized.

  3. Jim Leonard Says:

    I’ll all for it, seriously.

    However, you’ll have to do better than the info at — where’s all your RE info? ;-)