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Documentation

Documentation

Over the last 18 months or so there has been a lot of work done on creating manuals and help files for the transmission network. This has mainly taken the form of manuals created on the FLOSS Manuals system and a sister site by the name of Suitcase Manuals.

Drupal

Drupal

  • Co-ordinator: zoe*esemplastic.net
  • Mailing list: transmission-drupal
  • Collaborative workspace for ifi page: Wiki
  • Collaborative workspace Drupal general: Wiki

Existing to create implement or create tools to make creating a drupal video distribution site as easy as possible. At the moment a lot of work is being done on the http://ifiwatch.tv site. A custom set up is in place now which can import MediaRSS feeds and re-export them as feeds as well, display the full info about the imported videos, as well as do the uploading video aspects that you might expect.

FOSS Codecs

FOSS Codecs

Whilst many groups have a commitment to making their Content Management Systems and documentation freely available, most employ or promote proprietary video codecs such as Flash, Quicktime and Windows Media amongst others. These formats are often entangled in a range of patents and copyrights that limit their use and future development.

Less active or not yet active groups

Less active or not yet active groups

  • Co-ordinator: mickfuzz*rocketmail.com
  • Collaborative workspace: Wiki

Some of these ones are just ideas for which no working group was proposed or any substantial work done, but came up during the discussions and some people found them inspiring. Some are groups that were formed but are less active. You are free to propose a working group on any of them, or just implement them separately. ''"Ideas are made to be copied. I have enough ideas to sell them on. I prefer that they are stolen so that i don't have to actually use them myself."'' (Salvador Dalí)

Metadata / TXFeed

Metadata / TXFeed

In some ways one of the more obscure groups but the aim is clear. We need to swap full details of video items from site to site and be able to search them. The goal is to standardise a set of metadata we collect, and the format we make this metadata available for content-sharing.

Miro TX

Miro TX

  • Collaborative workspace: Wiki

The Miro TX player is our own special version of Miro, and one of the best ways for anybody interested in independently distributed social-justice and environmental video to find new videos. Miro TX showcases content from across the Transmission network in a video player which has all our video podcast feeds pre-installed - ready to browse and download.

Screening Database

Screening Database

  • Co-ordinator: simon*metamute.org and laura*metamute.org
  • Mailing list: mute-tech*lists.metamute.org
  • Dev site: MoreisMore.net
  • Blog

MoreIsMore (working title Network Distribution System, or NDS) is an online platform seeking to tackle long-standing problems that cultural organisations suffer with the offline distribution of their products (typically books, magazines, catalogues, sound recordings, films). Live at http://moreismore.net

Subtitling and Translations

Subtitling and Translations

A group to look into technical requirements of creating, sharing and displaying subtitles. This group will also look at improving communication between video collectives and translating collectives.

Tools

Tools

Free/Libre Open Source Software (F/LOSS) tools for video are progressing at a rapid rate. There are now a number of free software tools for video capture, editing, transcoding, effects and post production, live mixing, uploading, sharing, subtitling, hosting, and more.