I want to build a Java app to play *.avi files, including the ability to pause, stop, backup, etc. along with some application specific stuff. While asking Mr. Google for help on how to do this, I came across something called the Java Media Framework (JMF). However, I also saw references to JMF being old or dead. Well, I'm not sure I want to start down a path where I'm using an old, non-maintained software package. Is this the case? Is JMF dead? If so, is there another approach (e.g. another package) to building an app to play *.avi files? Am I going to have to figure all of this out on my own? (I admit that would be fun but I don't think the boss has the $$ and time for me to do that. Besides someone has to have done this before.)
JMF is dead in the sense that it has not seen development in quite some time, and will not be developed any further. It works fine for what it does, though (which may or may not cover your requirements).
From the OtherOpenSourceProjectsFaq page, suggested by Tim, I found a link titled Playing Media with Java Media Components" that looks like it might do the trick. I'm going to research that now and I will consider this question solved. Thanks for the responses!!