A single 3.5" floppy disk can contain the entire Shrek movie

Written by Guillaume
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... a feat that implies however "some" concessions on the image quality in particular.

A Reddit user who goes by the name of GreedyPaint has presented a rather crazy project: he has developed a strange machine called LimaTek Diskmaster whose sole purpose is to read floppy disks containing a movie in its entirety. Yes, a simple 3.5 inch floppy disk with a capacity of 1.44 MB must be able to store a whole movie and GreedyPaint takes as an example the Shrek produced by Dreamworks.

To achieve this "feat". GreedyPaint used two codecs. First, it is the x265 in a reworked version that was used. The goal was to considerably reduce the image definition of the original film: it is obviously not a question of talking about 1080p or 720p. In fact, we are very far from the DVD definition (576p) and the good old VHS of our VCRs is still much better. GreedyPaint has indeed opted for a 120 x 96 pixel image! Even more important, the animation speed is limited to 4 frames per second... so much so that the aesthetics of the Ogre takes its toll.

However, even if it was flattened, the film could not fit on a floppy disk because of its soundtrack. The second part of the operation consisted in choosing the audio codec. It is codec 2 that allowed the project to succeed. Shrek now fits in 1.37 MB which means that there is still some space left on the floppy disk. In his video posted on Reddit, GreedyPaint illustrates all this with a short sequence in which we can see his "floppy disk recorder". We also learn that he is working on a project related to vinyl.

In order to give an element of comparison, we present you in the video below the video format used for the GameBoy Advance Video system: it is much more qualitative than the one used by GreedyPaint and yet, the result is already very painful for our retinas.