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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] jehosefatz .  Listen very carefully.



The lyrics
, should you need them. Bruce, Sus'? I think QC ought to add this to the regular show. :)

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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] jehosefatz .  Listen very carefully.



The lyrics
, should you need them. Bruce, Sus'? I think QC ought to add this to the regular show. :)

Finally.

Apr. 10th, 2009 10:02 pm
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After more issues that I care to deal with again, I’m burning DVDs. As it turns out, I have to split the video between two discs since the whole three hour session came to just over 9gb, and I don’t have any double-sided discs.

That’s okay though. I’m seeing the end of this project, finally.

TMPGEnc was just the software I needed, though after first use it started throwing errors - or rather, vsfilter.dll started throwing errors. I haven’t had time to really investigate and a cursory Google search turned up - surpise! - nothing. Okay, next to nothing. The only "solution" I found wasn't really a solution, insofar as it didn't work. Again, that’s okay. When this project is over, I'll have time to investigate further.

The summary is that by tomorrow morning's Easter festivities at church, I'll have two discs - the second is in the burner right this minute - to give the pastor, and we can call this one done.  I need to invoice the church, even if it's all donated: I want to know, come year's end, exactly what I did this year.


Thoughts on the Linux box

Through this whole project, the Linux box has been a real trooper, allowing me to do day-job work while the primary box was rendering - or even blog entries like this one. I can't work as fast or efficiently, but some of that can be attributed to unfamiliar software and workflow.

Not ALL, mind you: some of it is that the box is eight years old and software for Linux is sorely trailing behind what's available for Windows. I've only found one code editor that allows remote open/save, Komodo, but it functions no better than Notepad in a lot of ways: no tag completion, no syntax hilighting (at least for classic ASP/VBscript), no Intellisense. Thankfully, I have most of VBScript, CSS and javascript syntaxes memorized, but I'm still typing a lot of stuff longhand and that slows a chap down.

Can't do video on this box; it's just too old and can't handle the throughput. There are precious few offerings anyway.  (Kino? Please. It's shit.) I got to thinking, though, that it would probably work just fine for audio recording, and there are good options for that for Linux. My first love is still the Windows box, but when it's busy and I have a hankerin' to lay down some tracks, why not plug in to ol' Tux and go?

I need some additional cabling and I think I can make a go of it. It's worth a try.





 

Finally.

Apr. 10th, 2009 10:02 pm
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)

After more issues that I care to deal with again, I’m burning DVDs. As it turns out, I have to split the video between two discs since the whole three hour session came to just over 9gb, and I don’t have any double-sided discs.

That’s okay though. I’m seeing the end of this project, finally.

TMPGEnc was just the software I needed, though after first use it started throwing errors - or rather, vsfilter.dll started throwing errors. I haven’t had time to really investigate and a cursory Google search turned up - surpise! - nothing. Okay, next to nothing. The only "solution" I found wasn't really a solution, insofar as it didn't work. Again, that’s okay. When this project is over, I'll have time to investigate further.

The summary is that by tomorrow morning's Easter festivities at church, I'll have two discs - the second is in the burner right this minute - to give the pastor, and we can call this one done.  I need to invoice the church, even if it's all donated: I want to know, come year's end, exactly what I did this year.


Thoughts on the Linux box

Through this whole project, the Linux box has been a real trooper, allowing me to do day-job work while the primary box was rendering - or even blog entries like this one. I can't work as fast or efficiently, but some of that can be attributed to unfamiliar software and workflow.

Not ALL, mind you: some of it is that the box is eight years old and software for Linux is sorely trailing behind what's available for Windows. I've only found one code editor that allows remote open/save, Komodo, but it functions no better than Notepad in a lot of ways: no tag completion, no syntax hilighting (at least for classic ASP/VBscript), no Intellisense. Thankfully, I have most of VBScript, CSS and javascript syntaxes memorized, but I'm still typing a lot of stuff longhand and that slows a chap down.

Can't do video on this box; it's just too old and can't handle the throughput. There are precious few offerings anyway.  (Kino? Please. It's shit.) I got to thinking, though, that it would probably work just fine for audio recording, and there are good options for that for Linux. My first love is still the Windows box, but when it's busy and I have a hankerin' to lay down some tracks, why not plug in to ol' Tux and go?

I need some additional cabling and I think I can make a go of it. It's worth a try.





 

mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Mr. Director)
Quote for the day:

Using Linux gives me a satisfying sense of “sticking it to the man,” although at times I get the feeling that the person I’m sticking it to ends up being me.
 
Amen, bro.  My Linux box stopped connecting to the network this weekend, and I have no idea how to begin to fix it.
Courtesy snip... )
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Mr. Director)
Quote for the day:

Using Linux gives me a satisfying sense of “sticking it to the man,” although at times I get the feeling that the person I’m sticking it to ends up being me.
 
Amen, bro.  My Linux box stopped connecting to the network this weekend, and I have no idea how to begin to fix it.
Courtesy snip... )
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
Remember in a previous post how I talked about using the Linux box for video capture? I have no idea if it's going to work, so I'm not willing to spend very much (read: any) money to buy a new card. I called the PC repair shop that happens to be on my way home from work. However, cautious type that I am, I'm not willing to just stop in on the outside chance that he might have one. I called on the outside chance he might be in.

The phone call went like this.

*ring* *ring*

"Vic's PC Shop."

"Your sign says you have used PC parts."

"Yep, I do."

"I need a PCI firewire card."

"Wow...we don't get a lot of calls for those. I might have one I can pull out of another machine. Let me check."

There is the sound of rummaging.

"I've got about a dozen places I can look..."

There is the sound of more rummaging, small plasticky crashes and scrapings.

"Okay, yeah I've got one."

"How much?"

"Oh, let's say...fifteen bucks."

I don't laugh. Not out loud at least.

"Nope. I can buy a new one cheaper from Tiger1. Thanks for your time, though."

Through the earpiece of the descending handset on its way to the phone cradle, I hear the tinny exclamation, "Well, now, hold on...I'm a good guy...wait wait wait..!"

I guess when you get caught with your hand in an empty cookie jar, you want to retreat as gracefully as you can.

The handset pauses, then returns to my ear. I'm always willing to be entertained.

"Yes?" I say, all consumer innocence.

"I'm a good guy..."

"I know you are. You've done work for me in the past."

"Well, since it's you..." Yeah, even not knowing who I was on the phone, he actually said that.

"I can let you have it for...five bucks."

"Sold. I'll be there on my way home from work."

Pause.

"And, thanks!"

*click*


Epilogue.

I got the card, and I'll install it later. Supper first, then dishes and general pick up 'round the house.

In Vic's defense, he is a good guy, just really optimistic. Or is that opportunistic? The distinction evades me sometimes. In any case, yeah, I'll do business with him again. Of course I will.

His shop is on my way home.

Late Edit

Victory, but not without work, and not without some unaccomplished goals. Apparently, there is what Windows would call a "folder" that you have to have rw permissions on in order to capture video from IEEE1394. Once permissions were in place, Kino perked right up and found my camera.

The challenge now is that I can only capture DV, not SD or HD, which for my purposes is just fine but isn't a good place to be long term. My own personal projects work well in DV, other projects may not. My camera also has the idiosyncracy that to record at 16:9 resolution, you must either be in SD/HD (auto or manual) or in DV on "manual" - manual focus, that is, which is a pain in th'ass.

Still, it's a victory, however small.  I can capture DV on the Linux box, which frees up my main machine for other work.

1 This isn't even remotely the card I would have purchased were I in a position to do the retail price of anything, but it made the point.
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
Remember in a previous post how I talked about using the Linux box for video capture? I have no idea if it's going to work, so I'm not willing to spend very much (read: any) money to buy a new card. I called the PC repair shop that happens to be on my way home from work. However, cautious type that I am, I'm not willing to just stop in on the outside chance that he might have one. I called on the outside chance he might be in.

The phone call went like this.

*ring* *ring*

"Vic's PC Shop."

"Your sign says you have used PC parts."

"Yep, I do."

"I need a PCI firewire card."

"Wow...we don't get a lot of calls for those. I might have one I can pull out of another machine. Let me check."

There is the sound of rummaging.

"I've got about a dozen places I can look..."

There is the sound of more rummaging, small plasticky crashes and scrapings.

"Okay, yeah I've got one."

"How much?"

"Oh, let's say...fifteen bucks."

I don't laugh. Not out loud at least.

"Nope. I can buy a new one cheaper from Tiger1. Thanks for your time, though."

Through the earpiece of the descending handset on its way to the phone cradle, I hear the tinny exclamation, "Well, now, hold on...I'm a good guy...wait wait wait..!"

I guess when you get caught with your hand in an empty cookie jar, you want to retreat as gracefully as you can.

The handset pauses, then returns to my ear. I'm always willing to be entertained.

"Yes?" I say, all consumer innocence.

"I'm a good guy..."

"I know you are. You've done work for me in the past."

"Well, since it's you..." Yeah, even not knowing who I was on the phone, he actually said that.

"I can let you have it for...five bucks."

"Sold. I'll be there on my way home from work."

Pause.

"And, thanks!"

*click*


Epilogue.

I got the card, and I'll install it later. Supper first, then dishes and general pick up 'round the house.

In Vic's defense, he is a good guy, just really optimistic. Or is that opportunistic? The distinction evades me sometimes. In any case, yeah, I'll do business with him again. Of course I will.

His shop is on my way home.

Late Edit

Victory, but not without work, and not without some unaccomplished goals. Apparently, there is what Windows would call a "folder" that you have to have rw permissions on in order to capture video from IEEE1394. Once permissions were in place, Kino perked right up and found my camera.

The challenge now is that I can only capture DV, not SD or HD, which for my purposes is just fine but isn't a good place to be long term. My own personal projects work well in DV, other projects may not. My camera also has the idiosyncracy that to record at 16:9 resolution, you must either be in SD/HD (auto or manual) or in DV on "manual" - manual focus, that is, which is a pain in th'ass.

Still, it's a victory, however small.  I can capture DV on the Linux box, which frees up my main machine for other work.

1 This isn't even remotely the card I would have purchased were I in a position to do the retail price of anything, but it made the point.
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
Not long after posting about my Ubuntu challenges with multimedia, I Stumbled across this article:

Open Source Living - Video

Featuring, among other things:

LiVES

Vivia

Jahshaka

More investigation is needed. More free time is needed.
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
Not long after posting about my Ubuntu challenges with multimedia, I Stumbled across this article:

Open Source Living - Video

Featuring, among other things:

LiVES

Vivia

Jahshaka

More investigation is needed. More free time is needed.

Weird

Jan. 7th, 2009 08:09 pm
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Mr. Director)
There's just no predicting. Last night, I couldn't get more than ten minutes worth of video capture off the VCR if my life had depended upon doing so. The PC would lock up and I'd have to do a hard boot at the power switch to regain control of my machine.

Tonight, 42:17 and going (it would appear) strong.

So, my Windows box is handling the video capture, and I'm on my Linux box doing work for the Day Job. My hope is to work out a way to flip that.

Late Edit: Okay...so, the DV capture program locked, or at least lost its connection to the PC, with about fifteen minutes to go on the tape. At least it let me close it, re-open and finish.

Weird

Jan. 7th, 2009 08:09 pm
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Mr. Director)
There's just no predicting. Last night, I couldn't get more than ten minutes worth of video capture off the VCR if my life had depended upon doing so. The PC would lock up and I'd have to do a hard boot at the power switch to regain control of my machine.

Tonight, 42:17 and going (it would appear) strong.

So, my Windows box is handling the video capture, and I'm on my Linux box doing work for the Day Job. My hope is to work out a way to flip that.

Late Edit: Okay...so, the DV capture program locked, or at least lost its connection to the PC, with about fifteen minutes to go on the tape. At least it let me close it, re-open and finish.
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
Before I go back to bed I want to get Premiere going on some footage. It'll take all night to render. While I'm waiting for Premiere to import the footage, I've got some things to get off my chest.

Last weekend I was asked by the Seekers class at church to ride along and videotape while they prepared and delivered lunches to Kansas City's homeless. It was a long day, and difficult in ways that I didn't expect.

Cut for length. )
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
Before I go back to bed I want to get Premiere going on some footage. It'll take all night to render. While I'm waiting for Premiere to import the footage, I've got some things to get off my chest.

Last weekend I was asked by the Seekers class at church to ride along and videotape while they prepared and delivered lunches to Kansas City's homeless. It was a long day, and difficult in ways that I didn't expect.

Cut for length. )
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
...as HR Giger might have imagined it. Beautiful and nightmarish at the same time. 

(IMO, the eight-string that opens the piece could use a luthier's setup...)



mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
...as HR Giger might have imagined it. Beautiful and nightmarish at the same time. 

(IMO, the eight-string that opens the piece could use a luthier's setup...)



mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
Busy night last night, going to be a busy day.  In summary:

To start with, I'm back on my own computer.  I found a dual-head video card at home and brought in to see if it still works.  Apparently it does.  It's a cheap-ass Matrox and probably won't last without having to reboot after while, but I can limp until the replacement gets here.  I had one just like it a while back and the memory went bad: it would give you an hour's worth of clean video and then go all wonky.  I don't know if this is the same video card or not.  We'll see.

36 ears is a lot of corn to put up. 
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
Busy night last night, going to be a busy day.  In summary:

To start with, I'm back on my own computer.  I found a dual-head video card at home and brought in to see if it still works.  Apparently it does.  It's a cheap-ass Matrox and probably won't last without having to reboot after while, but I can limp until the replacement gets here.  I had one just like it a while back and the memory went bad: it would give you an hour's worth of clean video and then go all wonky.  I don't know if this is the same video card or not.  We'll see.

36 ears is a lot of corn to put up. 

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