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Re: vcs for hefty video and graphics files

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: vcs for hefty video and graphics files
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2010 12:34:41 -0500
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> It would involve on any one projects something like 15 to 60 GB of
> stuff to keep up with.  Large numbers of images and a dozen or 2 dozen
> video files.  All in some stake of compression depending on the codex.

FWIW, for a VCS to do a good job on this kind of problem, you'd need
to use a representation that lends itself to it.

I.e. regardless of what you end up doing, I would recommend you contact
the mailing-list of Free Software that can do the kind of video
manipulation you want to do, and tell them that you'd need their tool to
represent a project in such a way that it has a bunch of big-files that
are almost never modified (containing "binary data" such as the source
images and audio recordings, say) along with a few other smaller files
that mostly contain instructions about how to use the big-files to
generate the desired output.

Such a representation should lead to very good support from most VCSs.
E.g. If these small files use a clean text representation, then a VCS
might even be able to do useful merges between different branches of
a project (as long as the branches share the same big-files).


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