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Someone crammed a full-length movie onto a 1.44MB floppy disk

#Through the looking glass: #In the world of multimedia, bigger is almost always better. #More data, higher resolutions, larger screens… these all contribute to an enhanced viewing experience. #But have you ever wondered what would be possible on the opposite end of the spectrum, where excess is the enemy?

#Reddit user #GreedyPaint recently embarked on such a journey and in the process, managed to cram an entire feature-length film (90 minutes) onto a single 1.44MB floppy drive, complete with audio. #Let that sink in for a moment.

#How’s that possible, you ask? #Compression, lots of compression.

#Along with a #Raspberry #Pi, the #Redditor employed a custom x265 codec to shrink the movie down to a minuscule 120 x 96 pixel resolution. #Worse yet, playback is limited to just four frames per second.

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#It’s one of those classic cases of being “so preoccupied with whether or not they could, that they didn’t stop to think if they should.” #In other words, it’s incredibly impressive while being about as far from practical as humanly possible.

#Earlier this year, we shared the story of a #YouTuber that managed to work out a method to record video onto a standard audio cassette tape. #This is sort of in the same wheelhouse.

The best part of the whole project might be the hardware. #GreedyPaint created a faux “VCR” complete with custom splash screen that automatically plays the contents of the disk when inserted.

#Found is a #TechSpot feature where we share clever, funny or otherwise interesting stuff from around the web.

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