Only six weeks ago we spotted a bunch of Blender screenshots in the French Microsoft knowledgebase. Today, we have something better: Microsoft.com turns out to be hosting two copies of Elephants Dream to showcase their VC-1 video codec. Is the software giant starting to appreciate the benefits of Open Content?
Jacob Andersen wrote:
This is interesting!
I was just casually looking through download categories on Microsofts homepage, and guess what i found on the Windows Media page, as an example of the capability of encoding in the .vc1 format.
I will let you explore the link.
I also found another copy, encoded at a higher bit-rate.
A check with the Blender Foundation confirmed that Microsoft has contacted them to ask for the original HDR files, for encoding testing. They played by the Creative Commons rules so this is actually a GREAT showcase for the power of Open Content!
They did get the name wrong, of course, and called it Elephant's Dream - with the apostrophe ;-)