Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Sep 2011 20:19 UTC
Multimedia, AV So, anyone remember WebM? A reader emailed me about a pilot study (in English!) performed by a collaboration between the NPO (the Dutch version of the BBC, basically) and TNO (the largest research institution in The Netherlands, often employed by our government) into the viability of using WebM and associated tools instead of H.264 and associated tools, including the perceived quality of VP8. The outcome of the pilot shouldn't surprise anyone - the toolchain needs work, WebM itself isn't there yet, but the future looks bright.
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RE[3]: Already works good here
by Neolander on Sun 2nd Oct 2011 19:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Already works good here"
Neolander
Member since:
2010-03-08

Got a point, I forgot about that /tmp trick ;) Used FF extensions to get the files myself, but it took me some time to find a good FLV player/converter, that didn't randomly drop frames without keeping audio and video in sync.

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cheemosabe Member since:
2009-11-29

The /tmp trick doesn't work anymore in recent versions. The file gets deleted as soon as it starts downloading but flash keeps it opened and it stays on the disk even though not on the filesystem. Easily bypassed:

ps aux | grep flash
cd /proc/<pid>/fd
ls -lh

The temporary files with "(deleted)" at the end and filesizes listed show up. Then you can just:

mplayer <nr>
cp <nr> ~/Downloads

Edited 2011-10-03 07:51 UTC

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

Thanks for this. I had noticed the difference but hadn't gotten around to finding the workaround yet.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I still can't figure out why Flash cannot use dynamic memory allocation instead of leaving user-accessible files around the VFS. Guess that's some kind of extreme "everything is a file" Unix philosophy.

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