Pandora FMS


September 26, 2011 — by steve0

Hello, we are proud of release the Pandora FMS 4.0 version features video. A short video with all important features of our new Pandora FMS version.

We used the following technologies:

– Smartphone with Android O.S. as camera to record the real sequences.
Kdenlive (GPL2 licensed) to the complete editing and effects.
Xvidcap (GPL licensed) to capture the video demonstrations and animations.
GIMP 2.6.8 (GPL2 licensed) to graphic treatment.
Gource application (GPL3 licensed) to generate the organic animation from the sourceforge tracker.
– Google Maps API to generate the world map’s animation.


Howto: Generate a animation video of Gource

April 26, 2010 — by steve2


I play with a nice toy called Gource. It’s an aplication to generate animations, more or less organic, about the life of a project. It’s the same that Codeswarm, althought Codeswarm is focused to developer and the generated animations seems as fireworks instead the Gource’s animation that seems to be a plant growth.

Well, the steps (there are in the wiki the same information but this is a summary.) to generate animation video are:

  • Install software: download from download project page, execute to cmake for generate the Makefile. And finally type make ;) .
  • Convert SVN to GIT: You must install git-svn plugin (as apt-get install git-svn), and before you type “git svn init –stdlayout repo.git” for pandora SVN for example. This operation is for small time, but the next command “git svn fetch” is slow, it’s running one hour at least.
  • Execute Gource and generate AVI Simply type “./gource -800×600 repo.git/ –max-files 99999 –disable-progress –stop-at-end -s 0.25 –user-scale 2 –highlight-all-users –output-ppm-stream – | ffmpeg -y -b 3000K -r 60 -f image2pipe -vcodec ppm -i – -vcodec libx264 gource.mp4”. Ok I tell the meaning of huge line.
    • -800×600 This is a resolution.
    • repo.git/ This is a directory of SVN (convert into git) copy.
    • –max-files 99999 This is a limit of files to show simultaneously in the animation.
    • –disable-progress This is a flag to disable the load bar in the begining.
    • –stop-at-end This is a flag to close the aplication when it will be in the end.
    • -s 0.25 This is a number of seconds animation per real day in the life SVN.
    • –user-scale 2 This is a scale of icons or avatar of developers in the animation.
    • –highlight-all-users This is a flag to show all time the name of developer.
    • –output-ppm-stream – This is a flag to send the output to avi converter.
    • ffmpeg -y -b 3000K -r 60 -f image2pipe -vcodec ppm -i – -vcodec libx264 gource.mp4 I don’t know the mean to ffmpeg params because you can read the ffmpeg manual.

And now you wait half hour to generate the animation.