My custom encoding of Elephant's Dream

Hello guys,

This is my custom encoding of Blender Org’s Orange Open Project Elephant’s Dream, with the intent to show the power of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) in Video Encoding and provide a final compressed quality video encoded only with FOSS and provide the movie with FOSS based encoding formats, methods and tools, since the original project used proprietary encoding formats/codecs.

Also, to improve my encoding skills ^^
This was so fun to do! : D

It’s not perfect of course, I am new to encoding, but i think i did a decent job.



Original/Source Encoding:
Resolution: 1024 x 576
Aspect Ration: 1.7778 (16:9)
Video Format/Codec: MPEG (DivX)
Audio Format/Codec: AC3 (Dolby Digital)
Container: Audio Video Interleave (AVI)
Compression Ratio: Unknown
FPS: 24
Audio: 48000 Hz, 448 kbps, 6 Channels (Surround 5.1)
File Size: 425,2 MB

My custom encoding:
Resolution: 1024 x 576
Aspect Ration: 1.7778 (16:9)
Video Format/Codec: Theora
Audio Format/Codec: Vorbis
Container: Matroska (MKV)
Compression Ratio: 68.1
FPS: 24
Audio: 48000 Hz, 160 kbps, 2 Channels
File Size: 251,9 MB


Tools used for my encoding:
Operating System: Ubuntu 9.04
Encoder: HandBrake and MKVToolNix
Merger: mkvmerge/mkvmerge GUI


Recommended Video Player for best and increased quality, direct rendering and 2D acceleration support: SMPlayer


33 Subtitles are available.


*Brazilian Subtitle ISO code is presented as por, because that language ISO code is not available in the merger tool.

*Maltese Subtitle ISO code is presented as und (undetermined), because that language ISO code is not available in the merger tool.

*Ukrainian Subtitle was not merged due to errors in merge process, looks like the merger doesn’t support that subtitle, but i am not sure. But it is provided alone as SRT and RTF.STL files. The SRT file was created by me.

*afrikaans (afr) is the default subtitle due to alphabetical order.

*Only English (eng) audio is available.

*I am not responsable for eventual problems/errors with the subtitles, i just encoded and merged them, i didn’t edited any of the encoded and merged subtitles, only the non-encoded and non-merged one, and that one, is provided AS IS without any kind of warranty, use by your own risk.

*I could’t create more HD resolutions since my monitor doesn’t support anything above 720p and i wanted to encode the max HD resolution available for my monitor, plus, encode in a resolution that have high chances of hardwarewide compatibility.

*Original sources used to encode this movie:


The licence for my encoding work is the same as the Elephant’s Dream project license.

Elephant’s Dream is a creation of Blender Org Orange Project:

Subtitles made available by Joeri & Subtitles authors/contributors:


Enjoy! ; )