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10 Blockbusters Made with the Help of Linux

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linux-netbook.com: Linux is not only the ideal operating system for small screen devices like netbooks, but also a pretty good choice for the big screen. Several of the top blockbusters of all time were created with the help of Linux software or render farms running Linux.

What Lies at the Heart of "Avatar"?

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opendotdotdot.blogspot: It takes a lot of data center horsepower to create the stunning visual effects behind blockbuster movies such as King Kong, X-Men, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and most recently, James Cameron’s $230 million Avatar.

FFmbc - A Broadcast Media Alternative to FFmpeg

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FFmbc (FFMedia Broadcast) is an off-shoot of the FFmpeg project that is targeted squarely at the broadcast media world. The project while still in its infancy, but available for around 6 months already, is currently at release version 0.2. Launched and managed by Baptiste Coudurier, well known for his work on the FFmpeg project.

Possible Formation of FFmpeg Foundation NGO

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Recently posted on the FFmpeg Developers mailing list was a request for comment from Ronald Bultje regarding the intention to form an FFmpeg Foundation (although not using that name).

H264 Video Encoding on Amazon's EC2

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Stream #0 recently started looking at Amazon's EC2 computing offering. We created our first public AMI, based on Debian Squeeze, including FFmpeg and x264 pre-installed. Now that we can easily start instances with the necessary basics installed, it is time to compare the relative merits of the different instance sizes that Amazon offers.

IMDb Turns 19 - Older Than The Web Browser

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techcrunch.com: If you load up the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) today, you’ll see a new logo commemorating its 19th birthday. Yes, that’s really old for the Internet.

10 classic mistakes in sci-fi movies

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dedoimedo.com: Sci-fi movies come in two major flavors. Still, regardless of their genre, they all have one thing in common - the same classic mistakes over and over again.

HTML 5, Codecs and the Video Tag

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Spending the last two days at the Open Video Conference has been a great experience, lots of interesting speakers and I've learned a few things. Perhaps I'll write more in general later, however it's worth mentioning, while still fresh in my mind, today's sessions around royalty-free codecs and the HTML 5 <video> tag.

BBC R&DTV - Creative Commons Tech TV

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In an interesting, and to be applauded, move from the BBC, they are now releasing a technology based television programme under a Creative Commons non-commercial attribution licence. R&DTV's first episode is now available for free download in a number of file formats.

81st Annual Academy Awards Winners

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The 81st Annual Academy Awards was broadcast this evening and the winners are in. The actresses were dressed beautifully and all the men looked like penguins. I saw many of the movies nominated this year and it was hard to pick my favorites.

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