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Old 1st November 2008, 03:02   #1  |  Link
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x264 Revision 1000 Party!

I told you there would be cake. Here is its story.

A few weeks ago, we realized that revision 1000 of x264 was coming up, and it was going to be big. I mean, 1000 revisions of x264? That's about 5 years of development from the thin shell that was the original x264 in 2003. I had already prepared many commits for the actual thousandth revision (in the end, a total of seventeen were simultaneously committed, the list can be found here). But such a milestone was certainly worthy of more than just a flood of commits--it needed a party. And there's one thing you pretty much have to have for a party. So, we got a cake:



But where would we have the party? And how would we get many people to come? I mean, x264 users are spread far and wide, and I don't even live anywhere near Akupenguin, the other primary x264 developer. So we considered various locations. And we decided that... what better place to have the party than...

... DivX headquarters?



I mean, considering Project Remoulade (DivX's beta H.264 decoder and encoder), DivX's buyout of Mainconcept, and their recently announced plans to enter the H.264 market with their "DivX 7", what a perfect place to have a party!

We first entered with the cake not hinting at who we were; the opening of the cake with the x264 logo was covered with some papers and a CD-ROM. But our identity was soon revealed (to the utter shock of the DivX folks out front), so we took some quick group pictures (me and some of the DivX guys) before the cake was devoured by ravenous DivX employees. I'm on the right of the image, in my Avail Media T-shirt.



Now, interestingly enough, today was also DivX's Halloween party.



And the creative geeky costumes were out in force.



As were the pumpkins.



We were introduced to the party right in the middle; certainly, nobody had expected us. Upon the mention of x264, the room broke out in cheering, and I introduced myself and the cake.

While its hard to see, the cake originally read "Congratulations on Project Remoulade", with the x264 logo in the middle. It was devoured rather quickly by the DivX staff (after being cut up into macroblocks, of course) and the various others who had showed up for the Halloween party.



After some fun partying and discussion with various people at DivX, we were led on a short tour of some of the facilities. I also presented the cards, including one from Guillaume Poirier, who, being an x264 developer in France, was not able to attend the party.



I also got to discuss the upcoming DivX 7 profiles and their various restrictions--while they're still not official or released yet, hopefully this will lead to more communication in the future! Though I only had about two or three hours there total, it was an incredibly fun and surprisingly productive experience (and, quite tasty, one might say).

Thanks to the guys at DivX for a great party and good discussion on various video topics--along with the showing of their hilariously creative costumes (including John McCain, a Rick Astley imitation, the above Tetris group, and many others). Despite the surprise of an x264 developer turning up on their doorstep on Halloween (and without a costume, too!), they were extremely receptive. And the cake was delicious!

(Oh, and you ask who was the "we"? A certain will-not-be-named former DivX employee was kind enough to drive me down from Los Angeles to DivX's headquarters in San Diego, but requested he not be named in this post for certain reasons. Thanks also to him for paying for the cake and various other logistical aspects of this. )

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Old 1st November 2008, 03:19   #2  |  Link
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Seems like you had a lot of fun there, Darky

Damn, why do I have to live in crappy Europe lol
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Old 1st November 2008, 03:22   #3  |  Link
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Wow, never knew this could go like this !

I always thought Divx was your competitor and never thought they would receive you like this ! Awesome !
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Old 1st November 2008, 03:25   #4  |  Link
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Wow, never knew this could go like this !

I always thought Divx was your competitor and never thought they would receive you like this ! Awesome !
Friendly competition is good competition
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So the cake wasn't a lie after all??

Huge success.

Now, how about making a 1.0 release?

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Congratulations and good luck for the next 1000 revisions

BTW: Nice group photo
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x264 team is welcome any time! Just let us know when you're coming.. hehe

Group photo left to right: Gej (the Gej), Patrice (SVP, Product), myself, SeaBass (Consumer Marketing), and of course Dark Shikari himself. We were also lucky enough to find seats alongside Markus (our CTO from MainConcept) and Kevin (CEO) during our party, so everything turned out great! Unfortunately Sparky was out sick today and our codec lead just flew out of the country, but maybe next time Thanks to our unnamed friend for driving DS and hanging around for a while - was good to see you!

Congrats to the x264 team for r1000, and thanks for the cake & cards!

DS: do you mind if I repost the picture on DivX Labs? BTW you can find a nicer pic of the Tetris team (who are actually the people behind DivX Labs and areas of DivX.com!) over at the DivX Labs homepage.

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x264 team is welcome any time! Just let us know when you're coming.. hehe

Group photo left to right: Gej (the Gej), Patrice (SVP, Product), myself, SeaBass (Consumer Marketing), and of course Dark Shikari himself. We were also lucky enough to find seats alongside Markus (our CTO from MainConcept) and Kevin (CEO) during our party, so everything turned out great! Unfortunately Sparky was out sick today and our codec lead just flew out of the country, but maybe next time Thanks to our unnamed friend for driving DS and hanging around for a while - was good to see you!

Congrats to the x264 team for r1000, and thanks for the cake & cards!
Welcome! Indeed, it was great fun.
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DS: do you mind if I repost the picture on DivX Labs?
Of course not, and if you want, I have all the other pictures I can upload too (and in higher res).
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Lol, thats just awesome. Who would have guessed that the x264 team would crash a DivX Halloween party. . Its good to see competition being as friendly as it is.
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It was great to meet you Dark Shikari! I wasn't able to stick around and talk as much as I would have liked, but you are welcome any time. But I swear, we don't dress up like that everyday.
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A pedobear pumpkin? How awesome!

But yes, congratulations to all contributors that helped x264 reach its r1000 milestone!
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Congrats to all x264 developers on hitting 1000 changes: Each one on it's own helps a bit, but the sum of the pieces make for one damn amazing encoder

Thanks for the last thousand I look forward (and maybe even get to help eventually) to the next thousand revisions.
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holy 5#!7 !!!
congrats to both divx and x264 devs!
however i see no chickz there... that's bad... definatly bad...
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We are one of two minds there, Sharktooth.
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congratulation!!! keep up the good works guys...
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Congrats to both teams, this is awesome!!!

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Congratulations to the x264 team for r1000 and to the DivX team for throwing such a nice party.

P.S.: Pedobear pumpkin FTW!
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Congrats to both teams!
A not-so-scary, but very funny Pedobear-pumpkin

EDIT: And thanks so much for x264!

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Congratulations and it was nice seeing the friendly reception by the divx guys
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You weren't kidding about the cake after all!

Congratulations on r1000 (+16).

I LOL'd at the paedobear pumpkin. Does that make me a bad person?
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