26. November 2014 11:50
I've been working on importing all my old VHS and 8mm video tapes into my computer. It's always been fairly straight forward process of importing the video, originally when it was composite video being inputted it was in the form of an Uncompressed AVI file. And then you'd convert it over to whatever media format you wanted. Long ago I had chosen the Real Media file format. It had multiple bit rate encoding in a single file. This was required due to the various connectivity speeds everyone had back then. From 28k Dialup to 1mbit connections. It worked really well and then the Real Media format was pushed out for more wide spread and open source accessible media file formats. This is what happened with most of all the video files I had online. They were all in some obsolete format and there wasn't anything that could convert the Real Media files. Which in turn were low resolution already.
I had started importing my video tapes back in 2011 via Firewire port and the pass through option on my Sony video camera. This worked really well and unfortunately that computer failed and the replacement one no longer had a Firewire port. So, I finally picked up a Firewire port at the beginning of this month and began the process where I had left off.
When importing via Firewire the it creates DV files. Back in 2011 one of my main things was for the Karvanek Conspiracy video files, I wanted to master them all in the new webm format, because I like to torture myself with bleeding edge technology and paint myself into a corner like I did with the Real Media. This worked out great, but it was a fairly slow process of hand writing all the times for where to stop and start the webm encoding process. I was using WinFF which is a Windows GUI for ffmpeg. And I would do command line encoding using the latest version of ffmpeg at that time. Everything worked like a champ. Other than encoding in webm is insanely slow.
But, that is no longer the case now. Trying WinFF and straight ffmpeg and any application that uses ffmpeg will now fail to encode DV video files that I am creating because the DV files will record tape drop outs and other events (like stopping and starting recording) as some sort of odd or error frame. When ffmpeg detects these frames it will spit out a bunch of EOB errors and stop encoding. ffmpeg, WinFF, Xmedia Recode, Handbrake all succumb to this problem. The only encoder I had installed on my computer was Microsoft Expression Encoder 3. It was part of the whole Microsoft Expression suite as I use Expression Web to do HTML editing. It is a real good encoder, it will do VC-1, H.264 and Smooth Streaming. I've been encoding everything now in MP4 format and Expression Encoder 3 worked great, but it was slow. It would take an hour to encode 30 minutes of video.
I wasted a good day figuring out the problem with DV files and ffmpeg and realizing it was hopeless unless I wanted to patch the source code on a Linux box and do all my encoding on that. Which seemed kind of retarded, wait, that is retarded. This whole issue is retarded. So I finally started looking into other encoder programs. I found one that works like a champ with my DV files converting to MP4 and it will do WebM as well, but I haven't tested it out yet. It's called Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate. It's only about $50 at the time of this post. It's worth the cost just in the time you will save searching total retarded non-sense. The big surprise about this software is not that it worked converting the DV files, but it has code for both Nvidia and ATI graphics cards that will speed up MP4 encoding. The 30 minutes DV file that took an hour to convert using the old Expression Encoder 3, takes Video Converter Ultimate just about 5 minutes on my AMD A10 APU. If you have a higher end graphics card I can imagine that time will go down considerably. So now my bottleneck is the actual importing of the video tapes and uploading them to You Tube.
The Super Fucking Ultra Shitty editor that comes with BlogEngine.Net refuses to allow me to enter a link over the Xilisoft name. You know, let's make a blog application for Microsoft's web server and go out of our way to make it not work with Internet Explorer. So here is the manually typed in link; http://www.xilisoft.com/
18. November 2014 00:26
There soon will be an entire generation that grew up in the age of online. Everything they did in the past will still be with them in the present and into their future. Middle aged people are now facing their children becoming adults, but what did all the middle aged people and their parents do to preserve the past?
Previously people have used photography as a means to preserve the past. You would take yearly Christmas photos, the classic photo op on summer vacations. For many years it was film based photography, which had it's limits in the cost of the film and then developing the exposed film. This created an artificial scarcity due to the cost. You would treasure those moments and make them special by taking a photograph. Film wasn't as popular, but it was readily available. They were available for film but it was cumbersome, not very good, no sound, and expensive. This limited the use and created an even greater scarcity of home movies. The first great leap forward for this type of past preservation was the release of video tape recorders and home market cameras. These bulky devices were still in the realm of hobbyist type usage. Then the home market video camera is unleashed. There is now an unprecedented amount of our past preserved on video tape. Most of it was all ignored, pushed off into the closet, collecting dust or forgotten about. Some, or perhaps a lot was over written or stored improperly to be forever in the past.
Is this what we really wanted when preserving the past? To shove it off into a box to be forgotten? People seem to have a tendency to create their own narrative of their life, whether it reflects reality or not. It's just part of how we work. When we relive the past and then see what we were, that may change or bend the narrative we've created for ourselves. How our reaction to it will be different for everyone's experience and how their experience put them on their path. It's those gaps of time from the past to the present that gives us this reflection. Now can you imagine, no gap from the past to the present?
There is an emerging generation that has grown up entirely with the Internet and it's massive ability to preserve, everything. How will this and the preceding generations deal with this shift in how our past is preserved?
17. November 2014 23:29
I was talking with a friend today about how we are at an age where there is nothing that she wants to buy that she finds interesting or cool anymore. As we were bantering back and forth with our nonsense, that idea kept creeping in my old and busted mind. I had been encoding 20 year old VHS and 8mm video tapes onto my computer and uploading them to YouTube for the past couple of days. I had begin to notice how I was first and foremost an asshole when I was younger. But, another aspect of the idea that, I didn't know any better then.
Hindsight sure is 20/20, maybe even more clearer as you age. My friend and I couldn't really figure out what new and cool gadget would actually be useful. When we were younger, we would spend inordinate amounts of money on complete nonsensical bullshit. Were all these new gadgets and stuff we spent time and money on training us to finally come to the realization that it's just all a bunch of crap? Was it's some sort of panacea for us? Or was it to pacify ourselves into self assuredness? Now that we are 20 years older we see the man behind the curtains and all the crap for what it really is; It's crap.
I feel weary about so much push to consume, consume and consume some more. The new promising technology of 3D object printers sounds like a great idea. But what do I need a 3D Printer for? To print out more plastic trinkets? I already have so much plastic useless trinkets already, do I need more? This is where my age is either against me, or as I said earlier, the curtain has been revealed and I see it for what it really is. Bullshit.
Welcome to Costco. I love you.
17. November 2014 09:06
During the early 90's while my friend Barrett and I were in college we were able to acquire two Phototron's. They were those plant growth chambers that were advertised in the back of High Times magazine. We got the Phototron III and Phototron IV models. The III model used the U shaped fluorescent bulbs which were easily found at the local hardware store. The IV model used this new High Output fluorescent lamp from Philips that was a little more difficult to find but was much more brighter than the regular bulb. The Phototrons worked quite well and did what they say, but the yield was quite minimal. I think the most we ever got out of it was about 14 grams of dried fluffy bud. The biggest value from them was the learning process of how to grow. It had very specific instructions and it's own nutrients that you used along with a sphagnum moss soil base. Following these directions you would be successful at whatever it is you were growing.
5. March 2014 10:11
Ah, the great glorious smell. You know what I am talking about. Another year down this road. I have just updated BlogEngine to a more recent version, with the intention of updating it to the latest version soon. I haven't been messing with my websites much as this whole world has felt as if it's a burden to me more than any sort of enjoyment anymore. These small glimpses of success encourage me though.
I guess it's time to ramble on about the previous year and reflect. Two of my friends decided to ramp up their crazy. One managed to land himself a nice long prison sentence and the other one ended up dead. Since you are here, you might be already familiar with UFO Jeff. If not, be sure to check out the Karvanek Conspiracy pages on the site. Well, yep, he landed himself a nice vacation in prison for awhile. Handy Internet tip from Captain Obvious; Don't make death threats to government employees. My other friend decided to activate his Oxycontin powers and it didn't quite work out for him. Of course, a requirement of friends with me, is being an asshole. He decided that Thanksgiving, my wife's birthday, would be the day to go out.
My dog is still alive and I have health care insurance now, so I got that going for me.
15. November 2013 17:23
If you would like to listen using VLC or some other media player here is the URL.
15. November 2013 17:10
I've been having a lot of fun with the liquidsoap streaming software this year. It's working very well with a few minor issues. Give it a listen on the player on the side bar.
A friend of mine, Rikk, is streaming his radio station live to AutoNarcosis Radio on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays.
Check out his site and stream.
11. March 2013 15:21
I've added a little widget on the side panel for some streaming audio. I've been having fun playing around with LiquidSoap and IceCast2. It seems to work really well. The only problem is, about 99% of the people I tell about it seem competely unable to stream audio. Are people that retarded? Apparently so! The stream is not always on, so if it doesn't work, most likely I am not listening to music myself. It's random as to what I am playing. It could be anything from Dance/Disco to Heavy Metal. I've had this setup before a long time ago using SAM Broadcaster and Windows Media Services and WMA format. Not that anyone ever listened to it much.
LiquidSoap is an Open Source automated DJ media player/streamer. I found it looking for an alternative to SAM Broadcaster because that is just way too much money and kind of an over kill for what I was looking for. IceCast2 is a media streaming server. I point the output of LiquidSoap to IceCast2 and clients (thats you) connect to IceCast2 server. I intitally tried to use OGG format, however, most players fail to play OGG streams properly so switched to MP3.
I am running this all off Windows, but it works just as well (if not better) on Linux.
6. March 2013 12:46
I had posted a lot about my dog and the perils of his disease and a lot of dispair. I am glad to report that he is doing well, has been doing very good for the past 8 months or so. He's not cured or anything, I've just paid a lot of attention to him to make sure he's safe and not in posistions to hurt himself. He did get a blood transfusion in April or May of 2012. Most likely this was his last blood transfusion. With his disease he can go at anytime and it's not easy feeling to know that. It's been a mild winter for us which I believe has helped a lot. And just attention to what he's doing.
I kind of got to a point with his website that I got a bit overwhelmed and then realized the template was just stupid. I did learn how to template BlogEngine.NET pretty good in doing so, but then just got discouraged with any sort of direction and where I wanted to go with his website. I'm not making very specific blog sites so no one is really interested in reading online diaries of boring people with fucked up animals.
6. March 2013 09:30
I just realized I never made a post in 2012. It was that exciting of a year. NOT!
I'm here just tesitng my blog application after having to re-install everything on some different hardware. The IBM server I am hosting my sites on decided to melt down on me. It was one of those slow melt downs. At first I thought it was the CPU Fan failing as it was quite old and sounded like a tractor. It's possible I was too late in replacing it. Of course, it's an IBM server and the mount was non-standard so I had to raid an old motherboard for the standard P4 fan mount. Everything was fine for about two weeks and my wife and I were sitting in the office room and we heard a tink, click noise coming from the server. Naturallly I thought my wife bumped the server and knocked the front off of it. Nope. So I immedately logged into it and shut it down. The noise we hear was the Northbridge chip popping off. The mounts to it actually came out of the motherboard. And of course, the holes for these chipsets are not standard so it was time to ditch the IBM for some different hardware. It's not the greatest hardware but it's working so far. Hopefully I can get some newer hardware specific for server roles. I don't forsee that happening anytime soon though.
I think I will try to post more to my blog, but it's fairly boring and uninteresting. Not that anyone reads this. The most busy part of the site is my Baseall Card collect pages. Go figure. I did update the Karvanek Conspiracy pages and I'm adding videos onto YouTube. It's much easier to host videos on YouTube than on the server. Don't have to backup gigabytes of video files. Makes it much easier.