Category: Creative

Jan 17 2012

Midnight snack

Tomato & Red Pepper soup is a cheap one from Morrisons. Very rough tasting.

I added Worchestershire Sause, patt of butter, sweet chilli sause, sage, rosemary, paprika, garlic paste and ground black pepper. I think that was all. Has made it into something very tasty.

Having it with some blue cheese on buttered toast. Sadly the cheese isn’t up to much.

Jan 10 2012

Video capture stuff!

So I’ve been trying to find an affordable video editor to avoid the mutlitude of format-incompatibilities with the various freeware I’ve tried so far. A few days ago I installed “VideoPad” which until the 15th of Jan is on 30% discount making it about £45.

Of course that’s £45 I shouldn’t be spending, but.. well some quick and dirty edits seem to show it working fine merging videos of different resolutions and framerates. Okay framerate conversion is rather rough looking, but whatever it’s doing it’s FAR more tollerant than the other programs I tried (remember the one that wouldn’t combine clips because one was 30fps and the other was 30.00003fps? Or had the codec info case-sensitive so it thought they were different formats?).

The built-in capture util sadly wouldn’t let me change the video card input port. But NCH bundle their software to link-out to associated software. I clicked the link within VideoPad for “Golden Videos” a small capture program intended for capturing from tapes. But best of all it actually fucking works with my RealTek soundcard AND captures without dropping frames at full PAL resolution.

I have litterally been in tears of joy, because since I switched to Windows XP I have tried everything I could think of to get full-frame full-rate capture working. The best I’d been able to manage was installing an old copy of WinDVR to capture to mpeg2 and to disable onboard sound, instead throwing in an old (noisey) PCI Soundblaster card. And that had even odds of bluescreening the machine every time you started the program.

More than 6 years trying to fix one issue and a solution just dropped in my lap.

Okay this program’s ripping to Xvid rather than uncompressed, but it looks better than mpeg.

I’ve ripped a few old tapes to the PC now. Some are very good looking, others not so much. The Furry-artist interviews I did at that convention in the USA have suffered quite badly, as the camera did not travel well and started conking out at points due to temp/humidity, as well as being set to LP for a large portion. The audio, with a few FZZZTs asside, is actually very good though. It’s given me the idea to chop the unwatchable portions of video and fill them with sketch-animatics of the artists and other reference images. It could actually work quite well in the end.

Mostly I’m glad I found the impromtu interview with Ashryn. I thought it was the last thing I recorded there and since it wasn’t after the last “proper” interview on the last tape, I assumed I must have done the whole interview without pressing record somehow. But no, just got the order mixed up in my mind and it’s still there.

I should be able to do something good with this, even if it is 6 years later than I’d intended.

Also found video of my grandfather showing how to make his famous apple tarts, and some footage of one of his birthday parties. Is bittersweet to watch.

And ancient footage, even a short bit of the folk I worked for down in Hastings when I first got a video camera (not the huge one I got later), followed by the big Exeter Therians meet back in 2001.

Lot of lost history on these tapes. Just like the lost chat-logs and photos I’ve saved from the old tiny HDs.

So many things that were lost and gone are suddenly found.

 

Dec 31 2011

Art update

As usual, images all link to full-size versions on my server. I’m also adding links to galleries they may be uploaded to too, in case anyone feels like faving/commenting there.

Let’s start with the basic one. This was going to be an xmas card but got done too late, is of poor quality due to being forced, and my printer’s packed up, so..

It may be the last xmas pic I do. I’m kinda done with xmas as a celebration now. Still if you celebrate it, hope it was a good one.

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Some of the following may be mildly NSFW if you’re reading peoples journals while you’re supposed to be working, so I’ve put them behind a cut (hopefully).

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Dec 06 2011

End of an era

Was chatting with Jason earlier and found the need to check into the Homestead Space Wiki for an image. Found thousands of spam pages instead, and no legitimate edits as far back as the log files went. This would take weeks at least of solid management to fix for something that’s had very little use.
I’m tired of flogging a dead horse. The RP was fun while it lasted and they’ll always be fond memories, but nothing’s been written in years and the repeated mantra that something’s round the corner rings hollow.
Wiki’s been backed up and deleted. It’s far more trouble than it’s worth in it’s current state; a liability to my server and my active domains.

I may still write based on that universe, but the big stories will never be concluded and as a collaborative collective universe.. it fell apart a long time ago. RIP.

Oct 01 2011

Video rage

My Fuji FinePix S5600 records at 30.00030fps, 640×480, Motion-JPEG. Audio’s PCM, 16000Hz, mono, 128kbps.
I’ve got a 4-second animated graphic I want to use with my youtube videos, but it’s MP4, 25fps, 768×576, no audio track.

I’ve got VirtualDub and Avidemux, both free software. VirtualDub won’t load MP4 video, even with it’s import plugin. I can convert the resolution in Avidemux but can only do the frame rate to two decimal points (30.00 not 30.00030). This means it gives a sample rate mismatch in VirtualDub when trying to edit in with footage from the camera. Adjusting it in VirtualDub to 30.00030 still gives the mismatch error.

These programs only support appending as best I know, so you have to load the video segments into them in order. If I load the logo into VirtualDub, on the following video I get a mismatch and it fails. If I load it into Avidemux it stays with the logo segments lack of sound all the way through. If I give the logo a soundtrack from inside Avid, the sound on the following segment becomes gibberish. If I add a soundtrack to it in VD and load it in Avid the video scrambles.

Is there another free/cheap to use bit of software that’s simple and actually WORKS?

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