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Wed, May 24 2006 350 Video Processing - two up

1. once the movie arrives, verify on the computer that you can watch it, hear the audio,
and do the same with virtual dub.
this is a 'codecs are ok' verification.
It is important that you know you have all the common codecs on the computer
before you start applying this test and trash movies for not being able to see them.
it is especially important with rare movies, where getting another copy after
you waited 4 months for this last one, might be impossible.
In such cases it might be easier to search the Internet and download a codec to fit the movie.
you do have the all--in-1 codec pack which is quite neat in this respect.

you will be using virtualdub mostly for two things:

a. compressing the file to less than 700mb to fit on a single CD
b. converting the codecs to divx/mp3 which makes it more compatible to standards
and so will survive better through the ages of technology, presumably.
so this last one is not that important, if you can burn it to a CD you can just do that
and if your LG cab show it, good enough, all of this is way too time
consuming to be idealistic about.
In time you will learn what the LG can read, and later it will become unimportant
because the LG is just a device, and after it dies, the next one will be better in all respects
but it is still where you watch the movies so this is the focus of your work.
If you throw away too many disc for not being able to see them on the LG, don't worry
too much, throw them away, and experience will teach you to do it less often as time goes by.
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Wed, May 24 2006 100 Video Processing - codecs ok, (after our conversation on the phone)
time for a quick lecture,
mostly for a shopping list, not to shop, but
for sequence of operations.
By now you know that are are codecs, emphasis on the the s,
as in plural. over time many compression systems were
invented and codecs are in fact small (relativly) libratries
of code (as in source code, libraries, everything you know of software)
and programs like winamp, media player and virtualdub must have the software (the codecs)
installed on the computer in order to display videos, and as each movie
might have a different codec, a diffrent codec might need to be there.
This is why you can watch downloaded movies and do everything for a while, and suddnely
discover that a certain movie doesn't work, all you see is black, or
you see it perfectly, only without sound, as sound codecs are separate.
Mp3 if you remember my verbiage, is a name of a codec, its short for Mpeg Layer three
in your travels you will see the word mpeg appearing many different
ways and may even discover its a video descendant of jpeg, an older compression
scheme for pictures, and mpeg4 which like divx handles video.
Just to make things complicated, bill gates wanted, at some point in ancient past of a few
years ago to control this market and possessing code to a codec he will make the world use
he can charge for software using this codec, and so if a movie on the Internet has
this codec, you can only view it in media player and everybody thinks "oh, must be a better program" it plays what everybody else doesn't" hence the control on the marketing side.
neat trick, but the Internet crowd has a collective brain of their own, and it didn't quite work,
the download community is mostly on a coo with codecs that don't work everywhere, and needless
to say with codecs that are not distributed for free.
as with all history of computer software, the better one survives, the rest become extict (Darwin)
and by now divx is dominant while most others are on their way to extinction, except,
that history of free software is long enough by now to know that some basics of evolution
normally unnoticed by the biologists,
are very dominant in how programs spread in the community.
Once something is made good enough and has established fitness to survive reaching dominance, such as dinosaurs and humans (Darwin would laugh at me and say,
comparing 65,000,000 years with 100,000 is simply not scientific to a point of childishness)
Divx is made a standard by habit of use,
and will not move or change to the better,
so better things might
not be able to wipe standards easily from the past,
this is the case with Philips and the digital recording, the silly cda audio files on a cd,
the http protocol, countless other examples in the history of standards in computer software,
and countless examples in Nature, like the tale bone you are still carrying
because you are too hung up on your mother, who in ancient times was a fish,
and the tail was the standard means of transportation at the time.

All in all its like this, divx is a standard still in the process of making all the others extinct,
and there are now countless codecs going around still,
and while ogg theora is probably
much better, it is still in development, and is not likely to survive mostly because
divx is a standard by now.
there are countless devices such as your LG that tomorrow
will read theora, maybe, but now they don't, and that is what really counts.

ok, to practice:

goal is divx in video and mp3 in audio, these are the de-facto stadards
for which it is easy to find content, i.e. movies, which in the end of day is what we really care about.
when you do the search, in emule you want to be concious of this goal.
you don't really want to start searching for codecs after a movie arrived after 2 months downloading.
this doesn't mean you can control it, stastistics do, we just go with the flow,
but the naming conventions of files on emule often have the codec written in (parenth..)
as part of the name of the file.
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Fri, Jun 02 2006 100 Gummy Snakes Its one of those quiet winter nights.
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Despite the thunderstorms,
Junior is tucked away safely in the crib,
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and Faye is fast asleep too.
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It is three in the morning.
Junior sneezed just a few minutes ago.
This was on or around midnight,
and we were both still awake
and made nothing of it.
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But it reminded me that I forgot to sum up the total
and it will crash tomorrow in front of everybody
in the meeting and embarrass him so,
and I can't let that happen,
so my eyes are bloodshot,
but I have to finish this
before they show up to the meeting,
and what is this gummy snake noise coming
from the bedroom to put a smile on my face?
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I am just stepping into my other shoe
when the bedroom door opens.
And what today? I say.
Just Ice Cream, nothing special, Faye says and puts
Junior's walkie talkie in her coat pocket.
Not that she doesn't trust me or anything,
she knows I hear every sneeze, even if I Am asleep.
It never hurts to have two rather than one.

This is so depressing, I say, if I don't join you I might collapse
and fall asleep before you return and never finish this.
will you let me this time?
We have long since agreed that the highest hysteria level
between us is what counts with everything titled Junior,
so in this case, I have to ask.
yeah, well, maybe the rain will do you good.

It took not fifteen minutes from the time we came back
until the bug was fixed.
Faye was still awake.

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Sun, Jun 04 2006 100 Secrets Sh, come closer, listen, I gotta tell you something,
but please promise me you won't tell anyone in class,
or in school, or in the world, ever.
Even when we're at our own home with a husband and kids.

It will happen like this:

One day you will have a fight with him. A big one.
It will last more than a week of intense activity, and at some point,
he will go to your computer and look for some ammunition.

If he is not too stupid, he will read this e-mail very carefully.
Being that it would be right for him to do so....

How can you say that? you don't even know what the fight will be about!

Hey, this is my story.
I can say that with a one hundred percent degree of
assurance simply because a week later, you sat down with him,
and he explained gently why under the special circumstances,
he thought it was the correct moral judgment,
and you agreed and you hugged him lovingly,
and you lived happily ever after.

so, anyway, and he sees this e-mail.
So, you see, it would be a little messy
if I told you.
Lets play basketball.
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