[Foundation-l] Donation of DVDs to Wikimedia Foundation Projects
Robert Scott Horning
robert_horning at netzero.net
Wed Jan 3 16:44:24 UTC 2007
David Gerard wrote:
>>When it comes to videos the GFDL sucks worse than it does for images.
>Mmm. How precisely does one tag a video with the GFDL, and what's the
Imagine, for the sake of the discussion here, that you have a production
of a TV episode like Star Trek that is available under the GFDL.
Assuming that video is available under a GPL-like distribution license,
you would be free to take all of the fancy special effects and replace
all of the scenes with William Shatner in them with an actor who
actually knows what he is doing. :)
Of you could "insert" additional scenes, or rearrange the order of the
content in a variety of ways to create something very new. BTW, this
was a very popular technique for Russian filmakers during the early part
of the 20th Century, where they would get hours of "stock footage" and
with just some simple movie editing tools would "compile" new motion
pictures. This has also been a fairly common technique for some serial
television programs, such as the television series [[JAG]] in some of
its early seasons of production.
For a "Wikimedia" version of this as a collaborative tool, I would
imagine that something akin to a documentary could be put together in
relation to historical footage, making essentially a video version of a
Wikipedia article. I think it would be something fun to put together,
to be honest, especially if you used the Wikipedia article (FA status,
of course) as the "script" for the narration and dialog in the video,
with some minor editing.
I'm not exactly sure how you could put a video/audio editing suite into
a web page format, but I'm sure some creative minds could come up with
something if we really wanted to try. Non-web page software certainly
is available free (as in beer and FOSS) to do this sort of work as well.
More reasonable for "transparent" image, I would imagine that a lossless
compression technique would be required in this situation, so you could
uncompress and recompress the image without generation losses. Of
course the same could be said about JPEG images as well in this situation.
Robert Scott Horning
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