27.1 Overview

Plugins that have the capability flag HWPLUG_CAPS_VIDEO set will be called whenever Hollywood has to open a video file. The plugin can check then whether the file is in a format that the plugin recognizes and if it is, it can open the video file and stream the raw pixel and audio data to Hollywood. This makes it possible to load custom video file formats with Hollywood.

By default, video plugins are automatically activated when Hollywood loads them. Starting with Hollywood 6.0 this behaviour can be changed by setting the HWEXT_VIDEO_NOAUTOINIT extension bit. If this bit is set, Hollywood will not automatically activate your plugin at load time. Instead, you will have to manually call hw_AddLoaderAdapter() to activate your plugin. For example, you could call hw_AddLoaderAdapter() from your RequirePlugin() implementation. In that case, the video plugin would only be activated if the user called @REQUIRE on it. If you do not call hw_AddLoaderAdapter() on a plugin that has auto-initialization disabled, it will only be available if the user addresses it directly through the Loader tag. See Extension plugins to learn how to use plugin extension bits.

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