Theora – the benchmark

There are many discussions about how Theora should be used and about how it smokes x264 somehow.

I do not believe it or at least I don’t believe the proofs till I try myself.

Any of the Theora zealots reading could please provide a reproducible benchmark so everybody could see for themselves how good/bad Theora is?

A script that fetches the new theora encoder, ffmpeg, takes an original, produces two videos using theora and h264 (no audio), same bitrate for both and in the end outputs cpu and memory usage would be great.

LinuxTag – day after

I’m eventually back home, I’m dead tired, the c-base party was great in many ways (people, food, place) and ending the night (actually starting the morning) playing Go with beer and music was _quite_ fun (thanks again for the games =))

I’ll try to wrap up everything in a short post before falling asleep completely: the LinuxTag had been a wonderful experience I had been more there as FFmpeg developer and less as Gentoo developer (mostly because I had to man the FFmpeg booth mostly since we aren’t that many and that I failed to chat in a proficuous with the gentoo people even if we spent the evening in the same place most of the time =| In the end I had a refreshing conversation about Gentoo with rbu luckily and I managed to chat a bit more with fauli just before he was leaving…)

Was quite fun going at the end of the event to the fsfe stand to do explain the FFmpeg stance about patents, Theora (more will follow) and why, in our humble opinion at least, isn’t correct to propose^Wactually shove down to the web users throat such codec just because of some claims that are yet to be validated…

The discussion was quite pleasant mostly because to my surprise fsfe people there weren’t zealots, so the whole discussion discussion even evolved to touch more interesting topics, like reverse engineering, making sure our license is respected and actually multimedia, with a brief discussion on containers, codec and streaming (that part actually started from an explanation why Theora isn’t that perfect fruit of opensource that is claimed and why Ogg has many
shortcomings as container and why in multimedia you do not have one-size-fit-all solutions… )

LinuxTag – day 1

After about 4 years I eventually managed to get there! Today is the first day and I’m actually sort of manning the FFmpeg Booth and from time to time I could happen to be in the Gentoo one as well.

In the FFmpeg stand we are showing BBB high res in a big LCD screen from a small beagleboard. The operating system image is obviously Gentoo as well the other system present showing some jumpy Japanese idol video (not my idea).

See you! (Pictures will come later)

Paypal and nationality…

I do not have a paypal account.

I do have a credit card (AMEX) and I’m living in Italy.

Today I tried to setup an account and bind it to my card. I dislike localizations so the first thing I did was having it keeping the English language after I had to tell the system I’m Italian.
Well I registered and everything went smooth till the point of telling paypal the card I want to use…
I followed the links and… =_= Oh, my card isn’t in the list…
Strange. Let’s try to use the contact module to see what’s wrong and… Oh, it says that it isn’t available for “U.S. English”, I should go to my preferences and switch it to Italian…

In the end apparently IF I’m Italian I cannot use AMEX…

Paypal sucks?

Creppolo “l’ottavo nano” and short sighted politicians

Last week I spend some time visiting some friends in Massa, a quite nice city near a quite nice seaside. It’s all fine with sand, sea and the usual places where to relax. We went in a crepe and piadina shop, there we found the owner pretty depressed: he is thinking about closing the shop by the summer.

Though times you think, well no, Creppolo is quite known and lots of people gather there by the day and by the night, if you want to eat something tasty during the night and you are around there you’ll probably end up there… So, why closing? Well apparently the municipality council/major doesn’t like to have shops open the whole night (even if it’s a tourist city in the seaside…) and decided that by 2AM every shop MUST be closed. Creppolo made most of its sells between midnight and 4AM.

That is pretty annoying since I liked that place and pretty annoying for all the other shops that sell stuff at night (there are many). I always appreciate the short-sightedness of the people elected by people.

Today it’s an election day for the Europe, please make sure you don’t miss this chance to vote somebody that won’t spoil your hard work ^^