Petter Reinholdtsen

CasparCG Server for TV broadcast playout in Debian
15th January 2019

The layered video playout server created by Sveriges Television, CasparCG Server, entered Debian today. This completes many months of work to get the source ready to go into Debian. The first upload to the Debian NEW queue happened a month ago, but the work upstream to prepare it for Debian started more than two and a half month ago. So far the casparcg-server package is only available for amd64, but I hope this can be improved. The package is in contrib because it depend on the non-free fdk-aac library. The Debian package lack support for streaming web pages because Debian is missing CEF, Chromium Embedded Framework. CEF is wanted by several packages in Debian. But because the Chromium source is not available as a build dependency, it is not yet possible to upload CEF to Debian. I hope this will change in the future.

The reason I got involved is that the Norwegian open channel Frikanalen is starting to use CasparCG for our HD playout, and I would like to have all the free software tools we use to run the TV channel available as packages from the Debian project. The last remaining piece in the puzzle is Open Broadcast Encoder, but it depend on quite a lot of patched libraries which would have to be included in Debian first.

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Tags: english, frikanalen, multimedia, video.

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