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archive.org download counts of collections of items updates and fixes

Every month, we look over the total download counts for all public items at archive.org.  We sum item counts into their collections.  At year end 2014, we found various source reliability issues, as well as overcounting for “top collections” and … Continue reading

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Celebrating 100 million tasks (uploading and modifying archive.org content)

Just over 8-1/2 years ago, I wrote a multi-process daemon in PHP that we refer to as “catalogd”.  It runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no rest! It is in charge of uploading all content to our … Continue reading

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new mp4 (h.264) derivative technique — simpler and easy!

Greetings video geeks!   We’ve updated the process and way we create our .mp4 files that are shown on video pages on archive.org It’s a much cleaner/clearer process, namely: We opted to ditch ffpreset files in favor of command-line argument … Continue reading

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new video and audio player — video multiple qualities, related videos, and more!

Many of you have already noticed that since the New Year, we have migrated our new “beta” player to be the primary/default player, then to be the only player. We are excited about this new player! It features the very … Continue reading

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getting only certain formats in .zip files from items — new feature

Per some requests from our friends in the Live Music Archive community… You can get any archive.org item downloaded to your local machine as a .zip file (that we’ve been doing for 5+ years!) But whereas before it would be … Continue reading

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Improved theora/ogg video derivatives!

We’ve made our ogg video derivatives slightly better via: minor bump up to “thusnelda” release “upgrade” from 1-pass video encoding to 2-pass video encoding direct ffmpeg creation of the video (you’ll need to re/compile ffmpeg minimally with “–enable-libtheora –enable-libvorbis” configure … Continue reading

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We’ve dropped the www.! Our preferred/canonical url is now http://archive.org

Dear Patrons, Last Thursday we pushed out changes to drop the “www.” prefix from our urls so that we have the newer/shorter style urls start like: http://archive.org We intend to keep this change permanently. We know there will be a … Continue reading

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IA forums now do “inline reply”

One thing that’s driven me a bit kooky is every time I “reply to this post” in the Internet Archive forums, it drives the browser to a new form page with no context/content of the post I was just looking … Continue reading

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new off-site video/audio embed codes

We are about to rollout a “new new” video/audio player You can see it in action now with our upcoming embed codes to go with this new player. It will allow for additional much wanted features like: – off-site playlists … Continue reading

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new audio/video player — safari/IE improvements

below the current audio/video player on archive.org you have probably seen by now the link: Would you like to try our new audio/video player? (beta!) We had some known problems in this beta rollout that affected audio MP3 playback. Specifically, on … Continue reading

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improved h.264 derivatives!

We have thoroughly tested a newer and simpler way to create h.264 derivatives! Changes you’ll notice: More pixels!  previously 320 x 240    goes to 640 x 480 pixels Slightly higher video bitrate — from about 512kb/s   to   … Continue reading

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