plugincinema Free (as in Freedom)
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).
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):
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
as well as Gnutella for the pFFP project as it has become such
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
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
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)
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
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.
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.)
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
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.
plugincinema_skatedreams_pFFP_xvid.avi (7 MB)
pFFP Open Div X version:
plugincinema_skatedreams_pFFP.avi (16 MB)
plugincinema_skatedreams.avi (231 MB)
This work is licensed under a Creative
Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 License.
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.
Xvid version: |
plugincinema_breakitdown_pFFP_xvid.avi (187 MB)
pFFP Open Div X version:
plugincinema_breakitdown_pFFP.avi (225 MB)
This work is licensed under a Creative
Commons Attribution 2.0 License.
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).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org