Burnstation Prototype is Ready for Testing

EngageMedia and Unweb have made a preliminary copy of the Burnstation prototype available for you to experiment with on the Plumi test site. As you might expect from a prototype, it has a very basic front end but the concept is there. You can select a number of videos from the site then create a DVD ISO file that you can download then burn onto a DVD.

The Prototype Read Me file on the Plumi Wiki will give you an idea of how to use the system (see the How to use section). We will be creating a more detailed guide to using the prototype shortly.

Please feel free to try out the site and send an email to the plumi-discuss mailing list or post a comment in #plumi to let us know how you went. We’ll update this blog when there’s more news about our progress with the Burnstation prototype.

Preview Information about Installing & Using the Burnstation Prototype

As part of the Burnstation prototype’s package we’ll be including a README.TXT that provides:

  • Instructions for installing the Burnstation prototype’s components on a Plumi system
  • How to use the Burnstation prototype
  • Instructions for installing the Burnstation prototype’s components on a Plone system (without Plumi installed)

A preliminary copy of the README.TXT file is available for you to review on the Burnstation section of the Plumi Wiki. This is a sneak preview for you to review but we do not recommend installing the Burnstation prototype as it is not yet ready to be deployed into the wild.

Click here to view the preliminary copy of the Burnstation prototype’s README.TXT file,

Burnstation Prototype – Design decisions relating to DVDs

When first envisaged for Plumi, the Burnstation module was to produce either VCD or DVD format discs for distribution. During the design of the prototype, it was decided to focus solely on DVD format discs for the following reasons:

  • DVD is more popular than VCD and more people are likely to have DVD players than VCD players
  • DVDs use mpeg2 encoding providing a higher quality and more compressed file than the mpeg1 encoding used by VCDs
  • No need to ask the user to select VCD or DVD

The Burnstation prototype will take video files that have been mpeg2 encoded by the transcode daemon (as normal), convert them to VOBs and then produce a DVD ISO file using the tovid utility.

The restriction to solely produce DVD format discs will also need to be reassessed. Research is required to determine whether the VCD platform is still common in Indonesia and other parts of Asia or whether it has been replaced by DVD players and is no longer required.