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iCommons Documents Free Culture Summit on Plumi

iCommons, the international network of free culture projects initiated by the Creative Commons project has employed Plumi to document video of the 2008 iSummit conference in Sapporo, Japan. iSummit 2008 brought together hundreds of people from forty countries involved in free culture, free software and open business covering topics such as open education, open publishing, DIY video and much more.

You can view video from the event on the iCommons video site. Click here for the announcement of the site and details of its content.

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New Plumi Release and Moving to Plone 3

A new version of Plumi has just been released. 0.2.1 is a bug-fix update to the second official stable release of Plumi. The release fixes ordering of videos in the author page, RSS feed for news and events and adds fixes to Indytube, the transcoding application used by Plumi. For a full list of updates see the changelog. To download the release please visit the Plone repository.

A 0.2.2 release, focused on user side enhancements, will be released in early November.

We’ve also begun moves to upgrading Plumi to Plone 3. For an outline of the plan please see this email. If you are interested to help out please sign up to the discussion list.

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Plumi 0.2.2 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of a new version of Plumi, 0.2.2, a free and open source video-sharing package for Plone. This release was focused on user-enhancements, small improvements that should make a big difference to users, including:

  • a new animation during video upload to indicate uploading.
  • transcoding messages are now only seen by site managers.
  • the featured video is now a flash player on the front page – no need to go digging for your first streaming video experience!
  • workflow improvements – consistent across videos, callouts, news and events
  • video listings template improvement – the country metadata on each video is now listed.
  • implementation of latest version of the Transmission Metadata Standard.

For a full list of changes view the changelog. You can download this version of Plumi here in the Plone repository.

We will be working on a minor bug fix release 0.2.2.1 shortly – including these fixes.

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Next Plumi Release

The Plumi dev team has been busy for the last couple of months working on an exciting new Plumi site focusing on fair-use video for educational purposes. It will feature all of Plumi’s existing features, plus a blog configured for fair use guidelines and feature articles, and some other additions including enhancements of the transcoding / browser playback software. This should be a fine addition to the growing family of Plumi sites, stay tuned for more updates.

Our next version of Plumi is scheduled to be released near the end of this month (January). We aim to fix some bugs from our last release, make some very minor improvements, and then get onto migrating Plumi from Plone 2.5 to Plone 3.x.

You can check out the list of tickets for this release on our tracker here. We are sprinting on this release for the next two days – Thurs 8 Jan and Fri 9 Jan – and then will also be knuckling down again from Mon 19th Jan. Feel free to jump into IRC (#plumi on irc.freenode.net) or contact us using the form above if you’d like to get involved 🙂

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Plumi 0.2.3-rc1

We’re currently working on our last release of Plumi for Plone 2.5. Final testing is underway, in the meantime you can download the tarball for our release candidate 1 here. It is here in SVN.

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Plumi 0.2.3-final Released

We are pleased to announce a new release of the video-sharing application Plumi, built on the FOSS Plone CMS. This release includes several bug-fixes, and some minor improvements to templates. It also includes improvements to the transcoding framework, to include transcoding of Flash video files.

The tarball for this version can be downloaded from our product releases page on Plone.org:
http://plone.org/products/plumi/releases/0.2.3

You can get this release from SVN here:
https://svn.plone.org/svn/collective/Plumi/tags/plumi-0.2.3-final

For more info on how to install from SVN please view this page on our wiki:
https://plumi.org/wiki/HowToInstallPlumiSVN

All the tickets completed for this release are viewable here:
http://www.plumi.org/report/12.

This will be our last release for Plone 2.5. Development is already underway for the move to Plone 3.x. Please join our IRC channel (#plumi on irc.freenode.net), our discussion list or our announcement list for further details, or contact us for further information.

Our Plumi 0.3a alpha release will be the first buildout for Plumi on Plone 3.x. The beta release will include a migration script for Plumi sites running 0.2.3 or lower to move to Plumi 0.3b.

After this we will be looking at key new features including featuring filmmakers and video views/download statistics. Further down the track we will be exploring Firefogg integration (ogg transcoding / publishing via Firefox to Plumi), BitTorrent and many other exciting improvements.

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Red Hat sings Plumi’s praises

Red Hat

For around the last twelve months, the folks over at Red Hat (a company offering Linux-based business solutions) have been using Plumi internally for their company training needs. Karl Abbott from Red Hat had this to say about Plumi:

At Red Hat, we have implemented Plumi to help serve out internal technical training content. This has enabled us to easily distribute content in a global fashion at speeds that are acceptable around the world. Our users love the ability to choose between streaming the flash video and downloading a larger ogg. Plumi has also given us the much need organization to this content that was lacking before.

– Karl Abbott, Support Readiness Manager, Red Hat, 31 March 2009

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Plumi being used for Local Archives Project

EngageMedia is currently undertaking a a major project in Indonesia aimed at creating four local archives within the region for video makers to be able to store and share their work. The archives will be built using Plumi and each one will essentially operate as a website, but it will only be accessible via the local area connection or wireless network.

Visitors will be able to access the archive by using any of the partner organisations’ computers connected to the LAN, or connect their own computer to the LAN via cable or wireless. Visitors browsing the archive will be able to view a flash video preview of the video and if they so desire, be able to rapidly copy any file to their USB device, phone and/or computer, or burn them to DVD/CD. The idea is to promote a “sneaker-net” effect; prompting people to pass on the files to friends via their own “offline social networks”.

The first of the four local archives based at Kampung Halaman will be live and operational by July 2009 with the other three to follow soon after.

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Plumi Local Archives in Indonesia

EngageMedia is currently undertaking a range of video distribution projects within the Asia Pacific region. One of our latest projects in Indonesia is aimed at creating four “local archives” for video makers to be able to store and share their work. This extends EngageMedia’s online video sharing website to a more local and offline understanding of video distribution and community access sharing, that routes around the limited bandwidth problem in countries like Indonesia and embraces in a more realistic and viable hybridity between the on and offline.

The second and third phase of the Local Archives project in Indonesia took place between May 6 – 15 2009 in Yogyakarta at COMBINE Community-based Information Network and the Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA). For the first phase of this large project, EngageMedia partnered with Kampung Halaman in February, who are also taking part in these workshops. The last phase of the First Local Archives project will be in collaboration with ruangrupa in Jakarta. ruangrupa are a non-profit organization which focuses on supporting the development of art in the cultural context through research, study and documentation, along with intensive cooperation with the artists through exhibitions, artist residency programme, art project and workshop.

Pitra IVAA LVA workshop
With the growth of community, artistic and activist video production, and ongoing improvements in broadband internet access, Indonesia is currently experiencing a period of transition. With this transitory state in mind, EngageMedia believes a more ’emergent approach’ to online video distribution is required which takes into account the uneven access to high speed internet and the need to offer both online and offline video distribution tools.

The Indonesian Local Video Archive project aims to deal strategically with this situation by mixing on and offline technologies. The project involves setting up a series of four local servers in Jakarta and Yogyakarta with four very different organisations; Kampung Halaman, COMBINE a Community-based Information Network, Resource Institution; Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA); and ruangrupa.

The archives are be built using Plumi, one of only a few FOSS (free and open source software) video sharing platforms. It is based on the Plone CMS and produced by EngageMedia. The local archives essentially operate as a website, but it will only be accessible via the local area connection or  wireless network. Visitors will be able to access the archive by using any of the partner organisations’ computers connected to the LAN, or connect their own computer to the LAN via cable or wireless. Visitors browsing the archive will be able to view a flash video preview of the video and if they so desire, be able to rapidly copy any file to their USB device, phone and/or computer, or burn them to DVD/CD. The idea is to promote a “sneaker-net” effect; prompting people to pass on the files to friends via their own “offline social networks”.

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Plumi at the Open Video Conference in NYC

openvideoconference-lt-lgIf you just happen to be in New York on June 19-21 come on down to the Open Video Conference at New York University Law School. Andy and Andrew from EngageMedia and Plumi will be participating in the conference talking about the future of independent video publishing spaces and FOSS video platforms.

Plumi and Plone people will also be participating in the conference hack day on the Sunday.

Details of the conference agenda can be found here.