M Database Inspector (cheetah)
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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.
|Thu, May 31 2007||600||Evolution Take 1812||
The Babel Fish is ancient.
A new predator arrived at the territory.
An unknown species.
The neo predator feeds only on websites of a specific kind.
If they are sufficiently symbotic with its needs,
he takes control.
It feeds the websites, creating a dependency,
thereby transorming and adjoining
them to become part of his territory of control.
|Wed, May 24 2006||700||Video Processing - Virtuosity||
there are a few things you will find useful in Virtualdub:
Most importantly, you can resize the frame (of the whole movie)
thereby also possibly changing the proportion, like they used
to do on the silver screen for westerns, and like is almost always
done in the edited-for-TV version of the movie.
But you are not the first one to do that, and not the first to err,
and not the first not notice the error, as an experienced computer programmer,
and not the first to have just finished waiting for ages for Pazollini's Canterbury Tales,
and now that it arrived, not only the picture is not quite in focus, but the proportions are
way off to a point of excruciating pain, and it doesn't quite matter because you
can hear them speak what you have read from their lip motions just a few dozens of seconds ago.
|Wed, May 24 2006||900||Video Processing - Heisenberg||
So all this can be rehashed using Virtualdub , except that when it comes to non-lossless
compression, you cant really make a picture better by compressing and recompressing
it for the purpose of bettering it.
This is a general problem in architecting of complex computing systems, and is well
known in the hacking community, simply as "The Heisenberg Principle"
most obviously exemplified by a program that counts time it takes to travel in a loop
by timing it each round and adding the result to a total, there by counting the counting
program rather than what the program would actually do if you did not count!
Heisenberg Said (in plain terms)
If you try to observe the geographical location of an electron relative to its core atom(ic) force
of gravity, the mere observation will change the result, and therefore we will never
know where the electron actually is at any given point in time.
The implications of this quantum physics only fact I know, on the world
of computer programming is immense.
Ok, where was I,