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How To Use In Your Code

If using Maven, Humble is deployed to the Maven Central Repository. To include it in your project (note: this will include artifacts for all operating systems), add this to your pom.xml:


Demoes of the API in action.

To see how to use the API, go to the humble-video-demos package.

Supported Platforms

Humble Video's Maven Central artifacts contain native (i.e. non-Java) code and are tests to run on the following platforms:

Operating System Architecture
Microsoft Windows XP or later i686 and x86_64 intel processors
Apple OS X x86_64 intel processors
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and later i686 and x86_64 intel processors

If you are running on other platforms, the Maven Central artifacts may not work and you'll have to build your own version. And beware ... building Humble takes a very long time.

Building Humble Video

Please read this BEFORE running 'mvn install'.

Welcome to the Humble Video uber project.

HumbleVideo allows Java Virtual Machine developers (Java, Scala, Clojure, JRuby, etc.) to decode, analyze/modify and encode audio and video data into 100s of different formats (e.g. H264, AAC, MP3, FLV, etc.). It uses the FFmpeg project under the covers.

Humble Video is a mix of Java and native code, and the native code is written in C++, C and Assembly. Most users are strongly encouraged to use the maven artifacts in a central repository, as building the system is complicated. It requires accesss to a Mac OS X development environment (Mountain Lion or later).

It consists of several sub-projects which are detailed below:

  • humble-video-parent/: The parent pom to all projects, where global defaults (like version numbers) are set.
  • humble-video-chef/: A collection of chef-solo recipes for configuring a Vagrant Ubuntu-64-bit box to build Linux and Windows versions.
  • humble-video-captive/: All open-source libraries incorporated into humble-video. These are built with a custom build system.
  • humble-video-native/: All native (C/C++/Assembly) code for Humble-Video. These are built with a custom build system that generates many Maven artifacts containing native code. and generate Java files. The maven artifacts generated are of the form: humble-video-arch-${architecture-specifier}.jar and the architecture-specifier looks like i686-gnu-linux for 32-bit linux, etc. For users who do not want to always download artifacts that contain all architectures, these are valid POMs to be depended on. that are inserted into humble-video-all.
  • humble-video-noarch/: All Java code (and only Java code), including some generated Java code from humble-video-native. Unit tests run from here. These are built with maven.
  • humble-video-test/: All integration (very long running) tests for humble-video. Depends on humble-video-noarch and (via maven profiles) whatever architecture specific versions of the native code Jars it needs.
  • humble-video-demos/: A series of demo programs showing the Humble API in action.
  • humble-video-all/: A pom that depends on humble-video-noarch and humble-video-arch-all. This will only successfully build on build machines that have all architecture files required staged (i.e. probably not your box).
  • humble-video-stage/: Where all the native code's final artifacts (DLLs and the like) end up being place so that all the rest of the maven build system knows where to find them

To build, assuming you have all the prerequisites installed for your OS (see below), run:

mvn install

To clean out a build tree, you need to do:

(cd humble-video-stage && mvn clean) && mvn clean

That will clean out all the staged binaries in addition to the intermediate files built for each operating system.

Pre-requisites on build machines

This project builds native code that can be used for Humble Software, and also generates Java files that can be compiled into Maven libraries that use the native code.

To build the native code the autotools stack is required:

  • GNU c++ compilers
  • autotool (autoreconf, automake, autoconf, etc.)
  • YASM and NASM (for assembly)
  • pkg-config
  • The Humble-Swig version of Swig (Use to get JavaDoc generated).
  • Doxygen & DOT (for C++ documentation)
  • Valgrind (for auto memory leak detection -- try 'make memcheck')
  • Java JDK 1.6 or higher

Mac OS X Notes

Mac OS X is the preferred environment for building Humble Video because it allows you to build all supported environments (Mac, Linux and Darwin) if you install Oracle's VirtualBox software and the excellent Vagrant program.

You must install the JDK on your mac, and also Apple's xCode developer tools.

The 'brew' utility is your on Mac OS X friend. Use it often. You can install yasm using that.

brew install pkg-config
brew install yasm
brew install nasm
brew install valgrind

To install the Humble-Swig version of Swig:

git clone
cd humble-swig
make install

Also, on Mac OS X the Valgrind test suite only works for 64-bit builds.

To cross-compile for linux and windows in addition to Mac OS X, run:

# On your Mac OS X terminal
mvn install
vagrant up

# Once your vagrant box is provisioned
vagrant ssh

# From the Vagrant shell
cd /vagrant
mvn install

Linux Build Notes

You need to make sure the Chef recipes that are in ./Vagrantfile get installed on your Linux box. Those recipes are in the humble-video-chef project.

I've only tested on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, so that's all that supported to build on, and it's a work in progress so hang tight..

To build, once the chef recipes have run on a clean box, just run:

mvn install

Windows Build Notes

Don't do it. It's not supported. Instead you have to cross-compile for Windows from a Linux box. Sorry.

Steps Required To Release.

Release is a long process. The builds take hours on a 2012 MacBook Pro. You really want to be highly confident before you kick it off.

That said, I've attempted to automate as much of it as possible. The biggest challenge is patience.

All steps should be done from a OS X machine, and we'll build the other binaries in the Vagrant VM running on that OS X machine.

  1. Start a git flow release
git flow release start v<version-number>
  1. Publish that release branch
git push origin release/v<version-number>
  1. Checkout a branch new copy of the repository -- no cheating
git clone humble-video-v<version-number>
  1. Start up the VM that will build the linux/windows stuff.
cd humble-video-v<version-number>
vagrant up
  1. Wait a long time for it to download and provision itself (can be safely done in parallel with 6).

  2. Do a full Mac build and test (can be safely done in parallel with 5). Note that we have to build the native code 4 times for each operating system (x86_64 and i686 versions / debug and release versions), so this takes a long time.

mvn install 2>&1 | tee mvn.out
  1. If both 5 and 6 completed successfully, build and run on Linux. This is the longest single step -- takes about 3 hours on my MacBook pro. Grab coffee.
vagrant ssh --command "cd /vagrant && mvn install 2>&1 | tee mvn-linux.out"
  1. If successful, you now have binaries for all supported OSes staged in the humble-video-stage directory. Well done. Now let's test deploying a snapshot.
mvn -P\!build,deploy deploy 2>&1 | tee mvn.out

Note: to do all of those (steps 4 through 8):

vagrant up && mvn install && vagrant ssh --command "cd /vagrant && mvn install" && mvn -P\!build,deploy deploy 2>&1 | tee mvn.out
  1. If successful, it's time to PEG the snapshots to a specific release. Now things get hairy.

Edit humble-video-parent/pom.xml BY HAND to set the humble.version

cd humble-video-parent && mvn -Pdeploy versions:set -DnewVersion=<version-number>
  1. Now, rebuild all Java Source
(cd humble-video-noarch && mvn clean) && (cd humble-video-test && mvn clean) && (cd humble-video-demos && mvn clean)
  1. Do one last rebuild (you do not need to rebuild native sources) and deploy
vagrant up && mvn install && vagrant ssh --command "cd /vagrant && mvn install" && mvn -P\!build,deploy deploy 2>&1 | tee mvn.out
  1. Check the OSS snapshot page to see if we got deployed correctly:

  2. Make sure it was done correctly by deleting all your m2 artifacts, and forcing a redownload.

rm -rf $HOME/.m2/repository/io/humble/humble-video-*
(cd humble-video-tests && mvn test)
(cd humble-video-demos && mvn test)
  1. Merge your changes back into Develop
git flow release finish v<version-number>
  1. Peg your develop tree to the next snapshot.

Edit humble-video-parent/pom.xml BY HAND to set the humble.version

cd humble-video-parent && mvn -Pdeploy versions:set -DnewVersion=<version-number>-SNAPSHOT
cd humble-video-native/src/main/gnu
<edit to update version numbers in an editor of your choice>
vagrant ssh --command "cd /vagrant/humble-video-native/src/main/gnu && autoreconf"
  1. Done!


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