Better video distribution? 1/2
Ok, I'm thinking that the fact that there are a ton of different torrents out there all for the same videos, just in different qualities, is a big problem. The seeders gets spread out thin and after a few years, or less for more niche culture, there might not be enough seeders on a single torrent for it to stay alive, even though there would be enough all together.
It's like we're burning the library of Alexandria all over again, just from inefficient technology.
You know how previously when you went to a website with pictures in it you would have to load the full quality version of the pic from the start and it would be shown to you line by line, or the whole thing would load before any of it showed up?
But now pictures shows up in a really low quality version first, and then gets better and better.
This torrent would work the same way, but you would be able to decide when the quality is good enough and you want to stop loading it.
3/2, I guess
@forteller One of the image formats that JPEG XL is based on works like that. To get a lower-quality image you can just stop the download at some point. Would be cool with a video codec that works the same way. Although then I guess someone watching at 25% quality would only be seeding 25% of the file, so it would have the same problem as several files of different quality in the same torrent.
@owl @forteller > One of the image formats that JPEG XL is based on works like that. To get a lower-quality image you can just stop the download at some point. Would be cool with a video codec that works the same way.
Exactly! I didn't even think of this analogy to image codecs at first, thus my 3rd toot in a two toot thread :P
> Although then I guess someone watching at 25% quality would only be seeding 25% of the file,
Yes, you're right. But...
@owl > so it would have the same problem as several files of different quality in the same torrent
No! If everyone's working on the same file, that would ensure that at least the lowest quality version will be available at any point any of the seeders are online. With different files, the one seeding the file you've chosen needs to be online. And as soon as one higher quality seeder gets online, everyone would be able to upgrade, but still seed to those who can't d/l big files
@forteller Yeah you're right, not the same issue, but a similar one, where there's plenty of seeders who are done as far as they are concerned, but the complete torrent remains unavailable.
@owl Again you're right. That would be an issue! But still better than no version being available. Also, I'm thinking quite a few people would be willing to trickle down at least some larger parts of the torrent over a longer period of time, after watching the version they wanted, to keep the torrent quality up.
There could even be a notification system: "The higher quality version of this torrent is losing seeders, would you be willing to upgrade your version to help keep it alive?"
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