LiVES fundraising drive (updated 26 Sep 2008)
What is the Aim ?
The aim of the fundraising drive is to raise money to promote LiVES and
hence video editing and VJing using Free Software and
open codecs and
formats. The funds will also ensure the long-term survivability of the
How Much is Needed ?
The goal will be to raise $6000 for the project.
How will the Money be Spent ?
Of the proposed $6000, the money will be divided as follows:
- $4500 will pay for coding work to complete the 1.0 version of LiVES
- $750 will pay for a LiVES manual in English
- $500 will pay for a 6 part video blog, promoting LiVES, and showing some features of it
- $250 will pay for new artwork, including a splash-screen, new theme for 1.0 and a tshirt design
How will this Ensure the Long-Term Survival of LiVES ?
In several ways:
- By finally releasing the long awaited 1.0 version of LiVES this
will create a lot of publicity for LiVES, which in turn will mean more
users for the project, and more developer interest (see next point)
- The 1.0 release will be the point at which other developers will
be able to contribute to the LiVES code - the core will be stable, and
other developers will be free to enhance it and to work on plugins
- Creating a user manual will make the application much more
usable, and will provide an overview of the many features already
existing in LiVES
- More users also means more visitors to the LiVES website, which
in turn should mean more ad revenue for the developer(s), allowing more
time to spent on development
- The new artwork will be used for tshirts and other merchandise,
which may also help the project's publicity and financial wellbeing
When is the Money Needed ?
As soon as possible. The current code base is about 3 - 4 months away
from the 1.0 release. A manual is also desperately needed. If funds are
not forthcoming soon, then the project will remain in maintenance mode
as the developers and potential developers lose interest and move onto
Anything Else ?
Yes. The main developer of LiVES (salsaman) is currently in Brazil on a
cultural visa scheme, carrying out research in Free Software, and
participating in cultural activities. Due to the visa restrictions, he
is not allowed to work officially, therefore funding is needed to allow
the development to continue. Part of the videoblog will cover
salsaman's activities in Brazil, and should be of general interest. In
addition, if the English language manual is produced, it will be
translated free of charge into Portuguese, and used to create a how-to
video for Brazilian schoolchildren to learn video editing and simple
VJing. Production of the videoblog will also entail training one or more video editors, and the feedback received from them will be of use in fine-tuning the application.
How can you help ?
If you can donate all or part of the funds needed the please get in
contact with the project, or make a donation using the button at the
top of the page, or via the LiVES donation page. As a major sponsor ($500
or more) of the LiVES
project, you can choose to be an Official Sponsor of the LiVES 1.0
If you are a US resident, you can now donate tax
free via Linux Fund, an official sponsor of the LiVES 1.0 release.
Donate tax free via
Go directly to the LiVES