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LCA 2004 started at Wed Jan 14 08:00:00 2004.

Request for LCA2004 DVD & Video Mirrors

Linux.conf.au, in conjunction with our generous sponsor http://www.apple.com.au Apple Computer Australia, is seeking mirror sites for the post-conference Highlights DVD. Apple is funding the pre-production facilities and production of the DVDs, and we would also like to see this wonderful content online around the world. When a mirror goes live we will point to it from http://linux.conf.au.

FAQ About the DVD

1. What will it contain?

Highlights of Linux.conf.au, be it keynotes, notable moments, closeups of a Work-in-Progress poster. We've got both the DVD ISO, and select video clips on MPEG4 format.

2. Can we subdivide the DVD?

Clips from the DVD will be available from mirrors. For example, if we have footage of a Gnome talk (and since it is a *Highlights* DVD we cannot guarantee that) it might make sense for gnome.org to host that clip. As for the DVD itself, we request that people leave it as it is. Linux.conf.au will be releasing suitable individual clips, but the DVD is a collection we prefer to see staying together.

3. What is needed to be a mirror?

That's easy: the ability to cope with lots of outgoing traffic. Beware! ACK traffic can be expensive. Even if you have a so-called unlimited allocation, the proportion of incoming to outgoing traffic might trigger a clause in your contract with your ISP. We recommend you only respond if you know how to manage a mirror :-)

4. How do I get the master?

We will make an online version of the DVD, and the MPEG4 clips available (perhaps rate-limited) to registered mirror sites. Naturally we will also supply an MD5 checksum.

5. What do I have to do to register?

Send your details to lca2004-organisers@linuxsa.org.au, including a URL of the mirror site you run. We do not promise to approve all applicants. All applicants will be acknowledged.

6. What is the editing suite and Codec?

As Apple have generously sponsored us, we've used their great equipment to produce this DVD. Video is to be fed in via firewire from digital camcorders to a G5 connected to a RAID Xserve via fibre channel. It will later be edited on the same machine with Final Cut Pro 4, and exported both to MPEG2 to be authored to DVD with DVD Studio Pro, or exported to MPEG4 Quicktime (and some Linux tools will be used).

No, it isn't free software. We're getting there (see http://www.exploits.org/v4l) but to be honest, no open source tools match what we're able to do with Apple's gear, and we find we can produce video of a much higher quality (yes, primarily because it's a heck of a lot easier). No, MPEG4 isn't a 'free' codec, but it's very widely supported, and has an awesome compression ratio. We're getting there (see http://www.vp3.com) but not quite yet. Perhaps for Linux.conf.au in 2005!

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