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Kaltura Gets Funding, Expands its Open Source Video Efforts

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| The amount of funding, led by .406 Ventures, isn't disclosed, but is
| described in the CNet post above as "significantly larger" than the $2.1
| million Kaltura previously secured from Avalon Ventures and angel investors.
| Here's why this company's focus on allowing videographers around the world to
| collaborate is promising.



Second open source HD movie set to arrive on May 15

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| On May 15, the Blender Foundation is releasing its latest open source
| project. Known as Project Peach, Big Buck Bunny is coming to DVD (available
| for preorder). Big Buck Bunny or Project Peach will come in two DVD versions,
| one version containing the "best DVD quality widescreen format" (both NTSC
| and PAL are available), while the second will feature an HD version of the
| movie using a regular dual-layer DVD disc (.avi and .mov formats). * *


Open-source films attack Hollywood

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| The Star Wreck Studios team, based in Tampere, Finland, has built a virtual
| studio for Iron Sky and an open-source platform that gives anybody the chance
| to make a film at no cost. They have recruited American Stephen Lee as
| managing director, and the chairman of the board is John Buckman, mostly
| known as the founder of Magnatune, a record label he created in Berkeley,
| Calif., in 2003. * *


Just peachy: free software, free movies

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| Although my artistic talent is probably in the low one percentile, after
| watching the movie I went to the Blender web site to see what was there, and
| was thrilled to see another open movie in the works: Peach. And it’s just
| getting geared up for production. Out of curiosity, I clicked on the link to
| pre-order the movie, and perhaps impulsively decided I wanted to support this
| new project. * *



Peach Open Movie

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| As a follow-up to the successful project Orange's "Elephants Dream",
| the Blender Foundation will initiate another open movie project.
| Again a couple of the best 3D artists and developers in the Blender
| community will be invited to come together to work in Amsterdam on
| completing a short 3D animation movie.


Stray Cinema: Open Source Film-making on the Web

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| Stray Cinema invites people to create short films, based on raw footage
| that was filmed in London on a digital camera. The idea is that
| participants download the footage and edit parts of it into their own 2
| minute film.


A Swarm and Angels

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| A Swarm of Angels updates the current filmmaking models of Hollywood
| and independent film to create cult cinema for the digital age.
| Whether you call it Cinema 2.0, or Open source cinema, it's an
| innovative participatory experience you can be part of.

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