Sydney EngageMedia Screening Saturday 19th May

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May 19, 2007

06:30 PM to
08:30 PM


Black Rose Bookshop, 22 Enmore Rd , Newtown, Sydney, Australia

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EngageMedia is a video sharing site distributing works about social justice and environmental issues in South East Asia,

Australia and the Pacific. It is a space for critical documentary, 
fiction, artistic and experimental works that challenge the

one-way communication model of the mainstream media.

If you’re in Sydney, please join us for a 1 1/2 hour screening before heading out to the rest of your Saturday night revels around town.

Entry is by donation.

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Staff Blog

FOSS Codecs Research

“Codec” means compression-decompression and is the algorithm that allows your video to be made smaller for easier transport on the web or so it can be played back on your chosen software or hardware video player.

It is important to encourage the development and use of Free Open Source Software video codecs to ensure the community has the ability to access online video technologies and modify them for our own needs. Proprietary video codecs are often very expensive to license, there needs to be an alternative for community-based projects and those at a financial disadvantage to utilise.

These are the major questions we will be addressing in this project:

  • What FOSS codecs are currently available and how do they compare?
  • What is needed within the most popular systems to enable the
    upload and playback of FOSS codecs?
  • What would be required within various systems to implement cortado player or another embedded FOSS streaming video solution?
  • A survey of open source flash upload and playback options.
  • The possibility of creating server side auto-transcoding applications to take the onus off video producers to encode to these formats.
  • Research into the development of a desktop transcoder/uploader application that could work locally to encode the file and then
    upload it to a specified site.
  • What desktop tools currently exist that support encoding to open source codecs?
  • The practicality of creating a GUI for ffmpeg2theora, or what would be needed to implement it into current FOSS transcoding applications such as Media Coder, ffmpegx, Virtual Dub and

The core outcome of this report will be a set of recommendations to
promote the implementation of FOSS video codecs within online video
distribution projects working for social change.

There is a wiki-page added for your input on the Transmission wiki here,
with links to further information about the project:

Or please contact us via our feedback form here