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The plugincinema Free (as in Freedom) Film Project
aka pFFP

Introduction

This project aims to make plugincinema films accessible in the manner suggested by the Free Software Foundation. If you've not heard of the Free Software Foundation before they believe that, "..software is a matter of freedom: people should be free to use software in all the ways that are socially useful. Software differs from material objects--such as chairs, sandwiches, and gasoline--in that it can be copied and changed much more easily. These possibilities make software as useful as it is; we believe software users should be able to make use of them." As such we are happy to run the 'plugincinema Free Film Project' (pFFP).

Updates

17th November 2005 - Added licence details to the site below.

26th April 2005 - We have now set up a torrent file for break_it_down. A torrent file is a component of the BitTorrent peer-to-peer system. You can get the torrent here (full link):
http://www.plugincinema.com/plugin/plugin_cinema/torrent_files/break_it_down.torrent

This file is the Xvid .avi codec version of the film plus the respective creative commons licence. For more on BitTorrent see bittorrent.com and for the Xvid codec see xvid.org - happy torrenting!

23rd January 2005 - We have started using eMule (www.emule-project.net) as well as Gnutella for the pFFP project as it has become such a widely used system.

26th August 2004 - A quick shout out to the Free Software Foundation, who have added a link to this project from their website - about which we're pretty pleased!

18th August 2004
- Thanks to Ben Green for some good info, he's suggested we use Xvid rather than the Project Mayo codec: "Had look at openDivX on project mayo. DivX networks started this as open source, and then made it DivX and stopped releasing the code freely. So openDivX is sort of a DivX junior. There are aparently licensing problems with the open part making this incompatible with 'The Open Source Definition' and also with debians Free Software Guidelines, so cannot be included in the free part of debian....with both Xvid and DivX there are many players that can play them that are free (as in freedom). The Xvid codec is free as in freedom. The DivX codec itself is only free as in money. I do try to use Xvid though when possible, it is on a par with DivX 5.2 in my estimation." So, having listened to what he had to say, we're going to go with that! So the section below is updated to reflect this. Cheers Ben!

How to Get pFFP Films

To do this we are making films using the Open Div X Codec and distributing then using the Gnutella or eMule file-trade network. If you would like to see these films then please carry out the operations below:

1. Download and install a player (such as The Playa, VLC Media Player or Div X)

2. Download and install the Xvid Codec. (Windows, Apple Mac or GNU/Linux - For windows, this is just an executable .exe file that will run and install – you wont see anything happen.) If you wish to just download a standard version of the films, skip this step. (NB. we have tested the films without installing the an additional codec, and just using the current version of Div X and they work fine!)

3. Download and install a Gnutella or eMule client (The Gnutella network, like most other peer-to-peer networks requires you to use a 'client' to connect to the network – this is simply software that can browse this network, in a similar way that a web-browser allows you to view websites.) For this we have been using the Gnucleus client as well as eMule, but you can pick the one you want...

4. Run the Gnutella client (e.g. Gnucleus) or eMUle and this will connect you to the Gnutella network.

5. Search for our films! Once connected, type 'pFFP' or search by the name of the film you wish to view (see table below! – there are non-free Codec versions available if you are unable to install this software – simply search for the name of the film you want, see the table below.)

Gnucleus search bar

6. Now double-click on the film you wish to download you should now be able to view it.

7. If you don't get a result with the search, it means that there are currently no computers connected to the network with this film available - try again later! (As we're in the UK, our computer will tent to be connected to the network in the evenings, which is around 11pm GMT, or 3pm Los Angeles, 5pm New York, 1am Moscow, 7am Tokyo.)

Files Available on Peer to Peer


Info File Name/Size
Machinma Skate Dreams
This film is an experiment in on-line, low-bandwidth/resolution filmmaking using Tony Hawk's Skateboarding as the original inspiration. I got some mates to play the game..to varying levels of ability, and then recorded the footage onto VHS. I then edited the bits together using Premiere and some snazy transitions I acquired. I used some original music by Parasite to edit the footage to, using traditional skateboarding videos as a model.
pFFP Xvid version:
plugincinema_skatedreams_pFFP_xvid.avi (7 MB)


pFFP Open Div X version:
plugincinema_skatedreams_pFFP.avi (16 MB)

Standard version:
plugincinema_skatedreams.avi (231 MB)

Licence:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 License.
Parasite from break_it_down break_it_down
This short documentary takes a look at the emerging Breakcore music scene and its battle with copyright. Breakcore is a form of irreverent, mashed-up music typified by sampling and broken beats. Features artists such as Parasite, Donna Summer (aka Jason Forrest), Rotator, Bong Ra, Kovert, DJ Ripley, Knifehandchop, Anarchic Hardrive and Public Enemy.
pFFP Xvid version:
plugincinema_breakitdown_pFFP_xvid.avi (187 MB)


pFFP Open Div X version:
plugincinema_breakitdown_pFFP.avi (225 MB)


Licence:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License.

Important Notes

It is strongly recommended that you take the time to ensure your computer is protected by anti-virus software, a firewall and by checking regularly with the manufacturers of your operating system for security updates. A Firewall is a software package designed to protect your computer from unauthorized accesses. You can get a free one from ZoneAlarm, Check the license agreements on any software you wish to use first and ensure that you take the time to examine this area fully. See this article for more information - http://www.cert.org/homeusers/HomeComputerSecurity/

Using a peer-to-peer network to access non-copyrighted material or material that the creator has given permission to copy (which we have!) is perfectly legal in most countries (inc. the USA).


Further Information

You can found out more about the Free Software Foundation at www.fsf.org

You can learn more about peer-to-peer (or file trading networks) in the article "The Revolution Will Be Digitized": MP3, Napster & Hollywood.

There is more on peer-to-peer, Free software, encoding, codecs, copyright and distribution in the pluginbook.

There is information about how the encoding was done in the plugincinema forum. If you have information about improving these processes, or any other ideas, please add it to this discussion, or email us at: pffp@pluginmanifesto.com


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