fully compatible back to Java 1.1 => this one is nice
: source code available, start fast, play high quality movies
So I tried the Cortado Applet, implementing it into a JFrame - no problems.
Actually the best thing I have seen so far (excluding JavaFx(jmc.jar) and Xuggler(no Player yet))
However it's not perfect. Cortado decodes Theora Video.
Cortado will stop occasionally on every video I make. If your video is only like 1 min long (like an intro) it might play through without problems, but the next time you play it, it will stop again.
Actually it pauses, and "buffers" and after a few seconds may play again.
It's obviously an applet, therefore made for internet usage, so you have to File.toURI.toURL to get it to play, and obviously it shouldn't have to buffer.
This effect is completely random when or if it happens - but the higher quality (framerate & video-screensize), the higher the chance it will happen.
This actually seems to be an audio problem as opposed to be a video problem - some people have suggested turning off audio, which you can.
And I have not once experienced this problem with audio off. However, without audio, it's obviously pretty useless - and trying to play the audio stream by yourself - you never get it to sync.
So my conclusion to this point is:
JMF - laughable, won't be improved anyway, as far as I see
JMC(JavaFx) - Never actually tried it, but it seems very good. However the JavaFx license prohibits to distribute it, especially just partially.
Xuggler - Very nice, however there is no player, and people who are much more skilled than I try to write a player still have sync problems.
Cortado - Ok, but mentioned problem ,also annoying codec.
So I'll just hope that, when my project is done, and I really need it, either Xuggler has a good player, JavaFx (when going 2.0) has no more of this license bullshit or Cortado will actually get fixed.