The first GStreamer conference took place last week in Cambridge in the UK, which I attended and gave a presentation about Orc. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of people that attended, packing the room with people spilling out into the hall. For those of you that missed it, the presentation was recorded by the people from Free Electrons and will be posted on their site some time soon.
Several people mentioned to me at the conference some variation of “I have no assembly background, but I learned how to use Orc in a few hours, converted my video processing code, and now it’s 4x faster.” This is always encouraging to hear. Of course, some mention that Orc-generated code isn’t faster than C code — we’ll have to work on that.
The rest of the GStreamer conference was excellent and a huge success. The organizer, Christian Schaller, said that the conference was sold out, so it seems likely that we’ll have a bigger and better conference next year. I was interested in seeing every talk, which means I’ll be spending an entire day watching the ones I missed whenever the video is uploaded.