As most of you have noticed, the HandBrake repository has been integrating more and more multimedia packages that are not related to HandBrake itself or to its supporting programs. The latest additions to it are the CUDA/FFMpeg enabled Blender package and some additional encoding options for FFMPeg.
This definitely puts a nail in the coffin of the “CUDA programs” repository that was previously treated as a separate repository. I’m not able to provide separate repositories for them as either you have a full blown multimedia collection with each component strictly tied to each other (Blender requires FFMPeg and Nvidia drivers, FFMpeg requires restricted multimedia libraries and Nvidia drivers, HandBrake requires the same restricted multimedia libraries of FFMPeg, etc.) or you just have the plain Fedora repositories with no license/patent encumbered options.
None of these packages can be distributed inside the main Fedora/RPMFusion repositories as they are presented here with current build options; mainly due to patent and licensing issues or simply because they are coupled with non open source software resulting in dubious licensed binaries.
Some of the packages might have hard dependencies on Nvidia components or libraries, while some other have a weak dependency on them. Whether you can enable support for those it’s usually just a matter of adding or not the Nvidia repository and the multimedia (HandBrake) repository at the same time.
Not all distributions are on par regarding features and packages, let’s say most of the development goes on to the latest Fedora release due to it being my daily desktop.
To install the CUDA enabled Blender, HandBrake, MakeMKV or the fully fledge FFMpeg binary just go to the appropriate page and follow the instructions.
I will probably also rename the repository into something more generic compared to what is currently called now; so suggestions are welcome!
2 thoughts to “Converged multimedia repository with restricted codecs and binaries”
Multimedia seams the obvious name for the converged repository.
Thanks a million for packaging Blender with FFmpeg-support for Fedora! I really like Blenders build-in videoeditor because of it’s efficiency & stability. Sadly in the Fedora-repositories Blender is build without support for FFmpeg, which makes the videoeditor pretty much useless. So far I’ve been using the tarball from blender.org, but had to face strange performance-issues sometimes. Luckily they are solved now!
Thank you also for your enhanced ffmpeg-packages & Handbrake and all the other great stuff that you make available via your repositories! It’s a great value for Fedora-users and you’re doing truly an amazing job here! We really appreciate that! Thank you so much!