xjadeo for OSX?

Has anyone had any success compiling xjadeo for OS X and getting it to work with Ardour? If so, does anyone have any tips on how to make this work, and/or a binary of xjadeo or a recommended alternative? We want to use Ardour 2 as part of our production workflow for my next film, and we need a video window. Although the SMPTE timecode is great, sometimes a visual marker makes sound editing easier.

Hiya mate,

Did you ever hear anything about this? I’d love to try this as well. I want to put together some very basic music videos to go with tracks I produce for other people.


Still waiting…I might give compiling it a shot. Although, admittedly, I’m no programmer. I’m an end-user through and through.

yeah xjadeo runs on osX.

I’m not aware of binaries though. If you are willing to install the osx development system: check out my compile log:


Thanks…I’ll give it a go tonight.

I tried to compile and install xjadeo on mac os x and I can’t get past this compile error:

gcc -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I. -I…/… -Wall -g -O3 -I/usr/local/include/ffmpeg -g -O2 -MT xjadeo-configfile.o -MD -MP -MF .deps/xjadeo-configfile.Tpo -c -o xjadeo-configfile.o test -f 'configfile.c' || echo './'configfile.c
mv -f .deps/xjadeo-configfile.Tpo .deps/xjadeo-configfile.Po
gcc -Wall -g -O3 -I/usr/local/include/ffmpeg -g -O2 -o xjadeo xjadeo-xjadeo.o xjadeo-getopt.o xjadeo-getopt1.o xjadeo-display.o xjadeo-jack.o xjadeo-midi.o xjadeo-freetype.o xjadeo-display_sdl.o xjadeo-display_x11.o xjadeo-smpte.o xjadeo-main.o xjadeo-remote.o xjadeo-configfile.o xjadeo-lash.o xjadeo-mqueue.o -ljack -lXext -L/usr/local/lib -L/usr/lib -lavformat -lavcodec -lz -lXv -lX11 -ljack -L/usr/X11R6/lib
/usr/bin/ld: Undefined symbols:
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make[4]: *** [xjadeo] Error 1
make[3]: *** [all] Error 2
make[2]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make: *** [all] Error 2

the mp3 support for ffmpeg and the ffmpeg itself compiled and installed correctly, using the information from the link above, but it seems the linker cannot find and link some library and I don’t know why…

When I have those problems, I google for one of the names, minus the first underscore. That usually tells me what library the function belongs to and what I should be linking with.

Hey, there’s a binary right on Ardour’s servers…
It’s a bit quirky, but I’ve noticed that it works consistantly if you
1.) Launch JACK first
2.) Launch this file first: Jadeo/Contents/MacOS/xjadeo
3.) Then launch the app

Here’s an updated version with a native OSX interface and Midi support compiled and tested with jackmp on OSX 10.4.11 - PPC and i386.


have fun,

The 0.4.6 build works great. (MacBook Pro, 10.4.11, Ardour 2.7.1)

If anybody else is as dumb as me, you may not have noticed that Ardour’s sync mode must be switched from “internal” to “jack” for Jadeo to work. It’s in the toolbar above the “Time Master” button (which should be unchecked, BTW).

I got the tip from this helpful blog post by Ben Powers:
“Composing Soundtracks with Ardour on Mac OS X”

Thanks to Robin (x42) and Ben for making it easy!

-Zach Poff

Glad to be of service!


Thanks for this binary!! Can’t wait to try this out.

Digging up an old thread sorry;)

Robin is there any plans to include the Qt remote with Jadeo on OS X? I just noticed it was missing, and in particular the ability to offset the frame easily was particularly useful.


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OOPs late reply. (“My account -> Track” says I’m monitoring this thread but I did not receive an email; does tracking still work? where’s the ‘forum subscribe’ button hidden these days?).

I got back here to announce Jadeo-0.4.10 available from

Anyway back on subject: just press ‘+’, ‘-’ to change the offset and ‘o’ to display it.
If you really need huge offsets: edit /Applications/Jadeo.app/Contents/MacOS/Jadeo and add -o <offset> (don’t forget to revert it).
A better solution would be to add -O <osc-port> there and use just send jadeo an
‘/jadeo/offset’ OSC message (either integer or smtpe-string).

There’s a quite a large collection of xjadeo features which are (in style of Apple) not easily accessible on OSX; however most things can either be configured in ~/.xjadeorc or accessed with keyboard-shortcuts: http://xjadeo.sourceforge.net/doc/ar01s03.html#interaction

I’m not planning to use QT on OSX. Jadeo has it’s own native Carbon UI. A Cocoa re-design is in the making but don’t hold your breath… It’s very low priority on my laundry list.


Thanks for the update Robin.
Much appreciated.