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Dear YouTube, Inc.
Thank you for the automatic review of our Partner Program application and account data. We understand that quality cannot be evaluated by algorithms or simply doesn't matter. Next time we will produce tons of videos of animals playing the piano. This kind of content seems to be more suitable for a broader audience. We have learned our lesson.
When applying color grading to video it is usually recommended to stay within the safe colors. Safe colors range from values 16-235 for each RGB value. This is the broadcasting world.
In the computer world however we got the full range of RGB colors with values from 0 to 255 and that's a tricky thing to combine. If you want to play a game on your broadcasting-world TV set and the game shows a dark object on your computer screen (RGB values lower than 16 for one or more of the color channels) your TV might not understand that and display everything below the safe values as its lowest value so you will loose all the details. The other way round, when playing back safe color coded video on your computer screen, you will not get a nice black but rather a milky look since the dynamic range of the computer screen isn't fully used.
To compensate this, today's graphics card drivers usually can either be set to display the full dynamic range for video (0-255) or use the limited 'safe' range (16-235). And here is the trap. With the wrong setting you might have a nicely looking video displayed on your computer screen while the image on other computers with different settings will be much worse. This is exactly what happened at the first public screening of Valkaama. What was intended and displayed on my laptop you can see on the left-hand side of the picture below. What the beamer was showing you can see on the right side.
After a day of searching for explanations of this bug I changed my driver settings to display the full dynamic color range for videos. This resulted in my laptop displaying videos much darker. Now I only had to do the color grading for most of the scenes again... and raising black levels as well as tweaking the gamma and brightness values brought the details back. Thank you graphics card driver for another 2 days of work.
The first public screening of Valkaama will take place at the Linux days in Chemnitz on March 14. The Alpha 2 version of the movie will be shown including some scenes with music.
The event was a bit smaller than anticipated and only about 70 to 80 people attended the night of free movies.
The reactions towards the movie were quite different and anything from 'I like it' to 'boring' could be heard.
Especially the end of the movie was criticised for being too sudden. So there's
still some work to be done... although certainly no miracles will happen.
Another objection of the audience was that the story is a bit too confusing in the beginning of the movie. The
question arose whether Lasse knows that Ari is dead or if he doesn't. This problem might have occured because
on the one hand the acoustics in the screening room wasn't the best and on the other hand there was a lot of chatter in
the back of the room. People who were not interested in the film rather hacked with their laptops disturbing
the people who were actually trying to follow the story.
Anyway. The best moment we had in the middle of the movie when the previously ordered pizza arrived resulting in a 5-10 minutes
chaos while everyone was trying to get his or her share. Watching the movie was impossible during this time. But... no reason
to get upset. In the end it was a side venue of a Linux conference so most of the people attending weren't really the
target audience for the film.
Special thanks to Sirko Kemter at this point who organized the night of free movies and also attended the talk
following the screening of Valkaama. He pointed out some very interesting aspects concerning Open (Source) movies
so we were able to create an interesting discussion about the topic which surely was very interesting for the audience.
Link:en:15 Elusive Bonds Released + Call for Open (Source) Soundtrack
We are proudly presenting Elusive Bonds, the title song of Valkaama. This great Finnish tune has been exclusively produced for Valkaama by Matti Reinola (Shamrain, Hanging Garden) and Ilpo Paasela (The Chant). With lyrics from Hendrik, the author of the novel Valkama which the movie is based upon, the release of this song represents another important step for the Valkaama project. So go and have a listen...
Also we would like to announce our Open Soundtrack Project, which intends to produce an Open Source Soundtrack for Valkaama. If you or your band want to contribute a song to it... Get in touch!
Gestern habe ich meine Diplomarbeit eingereicht, die in Symbiose mit Valkaama entstanden ist. Darin habe ich mich zum Beispiel
damit beschäftigt, wie die Eigenschaften von Open Source Software bezüglich Entwicklung, Lizenzierung und Distribution
auf das Medium Film übertragen werden können.
Den Hauptteil der Arbeit macht aber die Untersuchung der Frage aus, wie man mit Open Source Filmen Geld verdienen kann, also
welche Geschäftsmodelle sich im Zusammenhang mit Open Soure Filmen anwenden lassen. Neben Valkaama werden dabei auch die
bekannteren freien Filmprojekte von VEB Film Leipzig, der Blender Foundation und Energia sowie A Swarm of Angels betrachtet.
Für Interessierte gibt es die Arbeit hier zum Ansehen und Herunterladen:
Das Format der Arbeit ist PDF (Version für doppelseitigen Ausdruck hier)
und natürlich steht sie unter einer Creative Commons Lizenz. Die Lizenzbedingungen sind: by-nc-sa. Remixen ist erlaubt, plagiatieren aber natürlich nicht ;)
Für Hinweise und Kommentare bin ich jederzeit erreichbar.
The post production is gaining momentum. Currently the audio recorded on-set is being enhanced. For this we actually could need some more help.
Apart from that first coordinations concerning the music score are underway. For more information have a look
into our Forum.
Anmerkung 1: Genau genommen ist Route 66 kein Open Source Film, weil (noch) eine Creative Commons Lizenz mit nc Attribut verwendet wird. Dies wird sich aber laut VEB Film Leipzig spätestens mit dem Release ihres neuen Films 'Die letzte Droge' ändern.
Anmerkung 2: Star Wreck ist auch kein Open Source Film, da keine Quellen veröffentlicht wurden. Außerdem kann der Film nicht kommerziell verwendet und auch nicht verändert werden (Lizenz: CC by-nc-nd).
Anmerkung 3: Bei Iron Sky ist noch nicht raus, ob der Film überhaupt unter einer CC Lizenz veröffentlicht wird (womit sich auch die Frage nach den Quellen erübrigt). Timo Vuorensola, der Regisseur, hat mir per email bestätigt, dass zwar darüber nachgedacht wird, aber man nichts garantiert.