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



Through the glass: In the world of multimedia, bigger is almost always better. More data, higher resolutions, bigger screens … all this contributes to an improved viewing experience. But have you ever wondered what would be possible at the opposite end of the spectrum, where profit is the enemy?

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

How is that possible, you ask? Compression, a lot of compression.

Along with a Raspberry Pi, Redditor used a custom x265 codec to shrink the movie down to a small 1

20 x 96 pixel resolution. Worse, playback is limited to just four frames per second.

It’s one of the classic cases of being “so preoccupied with if they could not, that they did not stop thinking about doing it.” In other words, it is incredibly impressive while being about as far from practical as human possible.

Earlier this year, we shared the story of a YouTuber who managed to find a way to record video on a standard audio cassette tape. This is sort of in the same wheelhouse.

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

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