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What is IndyTube? ----------------- This is a very basic script for reencoding arbitrary video files to flash video (flv), and then including this video in the browser with a flash video player. The exact same approach can be used to embed a cortado java player that can play ogg theora files, but the files here don't do that yet. The overriding design goal is to make it absolutely trivial for the largest number of users to view video content, while still making the original files available for download, and not compromising privacy and anonymity of uploaders and viewers by relying on a commercial service like YouTube or Google Video. Design: Why not build this into the cms? -------------------------------- Video transcoding, even on good hardware, is a time-intensive task. So any CMS that wanted to support embedded video would probably need to run the encoding job in an asynchronous process anyway. On systems that do support asynchronous production processes, like Mir, you probably wouldn't want to put big encoding jobs into the queue anyway, because no one wants to wait 20 minutes for a video to finish encoding when they need to update the startpage. Running the video encoding in a separate process also allows the encoding process to get "nice'd" to an appropriate priority so it doesn't bring down your server. It also means that it is very easy to graft support for embedded video onto any existing cms that stores video in the file system. This script uses Twisted networking framework, to run every 60 seconds or whatever you like, and scan a directory files for new videos to encode. What do I need to run this? --------------------------- * Python 2.5 or higher * Flowplayer, available from http://flowplayer.sourceforge.net This provides a nice embedded flash video player, you should download a copy and put a copy on your web site. Tested with Flowplayer 2.2.4, and earlier. * Mencoder, the Mplayer video encoder/decoder swiss army knife. This is better than ffmpeg because it is designed to handle any proprietary cruft that your users throw at it. Get it from www.mplayerhq.hu, or, for debian packages, from www.debian-multimedia.org * FLVTool2, http://inlet-media.de/flvtool2 You need to be able to write some metadata to the file so users can seek during playback. This ruby program does the trick (make sure you've got ruby installed!) * Cheetah template library for Python. You can get this from http://www.cheetahtemplate.org/, or just 'apt-get install python-cheetah' * Twisted networking - You can get this from http://www.twistedmatrix.com or 'apt-get install python-twisted' * For OggTheora support, you need ffmpeg2theora and Cortado applet