Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Some BODY Put All of Shrek onto a 1.44 MB Floppy Disk – Gizmodo


For contrast, an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc has a dual-layer capacity of 66 GB for saving movies at 4K resolutions, while a single layer Blu-ray disc can hold 25 GB which suffices to hold a motion picture at HD resolutions. DVDs, which keep videos at standard definition resolutions, have a storage capacity of 4.7 GB, or 4,700 MB, and even stills shot in the ProRAW format on an iPhone 12 Pro take up anywhere from 25 to 40 MB in size. Trying to squeeze a movie that runs 90 minutes into just 1.44 MB looks like an act of futility, but when has that ever stopped anyone on the web from doing anything?
GreedyPaints achievement, if you wish to call it that, is really a two-part hack. The most crucial piece is a custom-made x265 video codec that crushes video files to resolutions of 120 x 96 pixels performing at 4 frames per second. Shrek, as featured in a video they shared on Reddit, in fact compressed down to simply 1.37 MB, including the movies audio which, as you can most likely expect, is as much a task for the viewers ears as the compressed video is for their eyes.

In a time when you need to go out of your method to buy a brand-new TELEVISION with less than 4K resolution, one Redditor has actually decided that their eyes dont require such luxuries as 4K, 2K, HD, or perhaps standard def videos, and have actually created a custom VCR that plays full-length movies on floppy disks with just 1.44 MB of storage.

While GreedyPaint has no objectives of trying to put the LimaTek Diskmaster into production (theyve plainly done their marketing research and realized few people would even think about investing money on this) there are some intriguing ways it might be boosted, including passing the tiny video signal through a machine-learning algorithm to see if the image quality and frame rate could be increased and improved to resolutions that will not leave a viewers eyes in agony.

The other part of this hack is a custom VCR built around a Raspberry Pi with a floppy drive in lieu of a VHS cassette slot. The LimaTek Diskmaster even begins up with a splash screen with the players comprised corporate branding, and its programmed to automatically play the video file saved on an inserted floppy. Rather of a contemporary flat screen TELEVISION, the Diskmaster was linked to a small old-school CRT TELEVISION which most likely helped to conceal a lot and soften of the video files ugliest compression artifacts, but watching the entire film in this manner would be significantly worse than enjoying it completely HD– which is already type of a chore.

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