[ubuntu-art] Stunning Ubuntu video presentations

Thorsten Wilms t_w_ at freenet.de
Tue Sep 23 13:34:26 BST 2008

On Tue, 2008-09-23 at 09:47 +0200, Mads Rosendahl wrote:

> I think Ubuntu could use some stunning video presentations. Most
> videos I've seen are basically amateur videos showing off Compiz.
> Although the art-team makes beautiful art, we most likely have to team
> up with some animators, perhaps from the Blender forum, to get slick
> animations, a professional look, transitions and so on.

I would say, first of all you need stunning base material.
There's not much besides Compiz effects that actually asks for video.

> Please use this "thread" to post your thought, concerns and
> excitement. I've gathered a few very different clips to illustrate
> what I mean. I'm not sure if this in anyway could be linked to the
> Kyudo project?

Kyudo is at the starting block. The earliest that we could even think
about something like this would be after Jaunty. Then only if we feel we
will not need all effort for the next release.

What I could imagine would be a rather calm presentation from the
origins to the result, without much effects, as I don't think we will
have the people and time for a high level of FX and animations.

> KDE clip:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afXWczd_MFA

I don't think 5.467 views make such an effort worthwhile. Plus I don't
know what this is meant to express. People not knowing about KDE will be
non the wiser. We have to avoid investing much work without knowing what
it shall be good for and without having a reasonable chance of a
noteworthy impact.

> M$ ZUNE clip:
> http://www.istartedsomething.com/20080916/new-zune-promo-video-is-ad-worthy/
> MAC osX  clip: (recorded with phone – sorry for the quality, 6 MB)
> http://madsrh.googlepages.com/MACad_mpeg2video.mpg

You do realise that there is an insane workload and a high skill level
required for videos like these? Imagine what free software contributors
could do instead in the months it would take a team to even seriously
try to do something along these lines.

Now, if you could draw in flesh blood, maybe students in the realm of
multimedia, video, directing, art ... that would be a different story,
as it could be a great portfolio piece and career-specific learning
experience for them.

Thorsten Wilms

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