An amateur put a movie on a 1.4 MB floppy disk | Digital Trends Spanish



In an outstanding but impractical demonstration of technical knowledge, a computer enthusiast managed to compress an entire movie onto a 1.44 MB magnetic disk, known in the 1980s as a 3 ½ floppy disk.

The feat is by the user identified on Reddit as GreedyPaint, who figured out how to compress a movie with a custom codec he called x265, which basically compresses a movie at a resolution of 120 x 96 pixels and just four frames per second.

With this codec and a video player also custom designed with a Raspberry Pi, GreedyPaint managed to compress all 90 minutes of Shrek onto a 1.44 MB floppy disk.

The result is inconspicuous — as if you were watching a video in the worst possible resolution on YouTube — but it reflects hard technical work.

Today, multimedia content has few limitations when it comes to the size of each component of a file. For comparison, one minute of video in 720p resolution takes about 40MB. The same movie, in HD format would occupy approximately 3,600 MB or 3.6 GB.

And while GreedyPaint’s work is a niche job, video compression in limited storage formats has made its way to popular devices, much like the Game Boy Advance (GBA).

In 2004, Nintendo sold cartoon episodes and movie adaptations on Game Boy Advance cartridges. The GBA cartridges had a capacity of between 4 and 32 MB, however, the video ones had 64 MB.

Under the same rule as the format designed by GreedyPaint, the video cartridges for the Nintendo notebook looked at a resolution of 240 x 160 pixels, albeit at a higher frame-per-second rate.

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