February 27, 2007
February 24, 2007
Happily, I noticed that FLV Player (Windows) does show video data rate and dimensions. And when I installed the handy SUPER, another Windows compression utility that uses ffmeg (command line on PC) for some tasks, the "FLV Details" property tab finally showed up in newly created -- or copied files (CTL-drag) -- files but only in SUPER's output folder!
Now I get info on sample rates and AV codecs used (On2 VP6 or Sorenson H.263), but I still need FLV Player for video data rate, if that metadata is added by the authoring tool. It sure seems like Adobe should be making this stuff easier -- if they see a future in digital video.
Update 03.12.07: VLC does give basic info, except average data rate, on almost all files (FLV1 is the Spark codec). VLC just has trouble playing and scrubbing some FLV's.
Once reason for concern with Flash metadata is that there's been bugs in most FLV compression software possibly since so many, like YouTube apparently, rely on FFMPEG. Duration and dimension metadata of a file is not always correctly saved, according to Jeroen Wijering, hence the concerns with FLV Knife and FLV Metadata Injector. He also notes: '...on movie scrubbing; Flash seems to only scrub to keyframes. So if you compress a movie with very few keyframes, the scrubbing won't run very smooth. Compress with more keyframes (can be set in nearly every compression tool) to get rid of this problem." My lack of understanding all the problems wth Flash encoding, players, cue points, seeking, and preloading prevents me from preferring Flash over QuickTime or even Windows Media.
BTW, WinFF is another freebie GUI for FFMEG. Mac users have it easier (fewer but better freeware) with ffmpegX and Visual Hub.
February 23, 2007
I guess just writing "YouTube, Inc" into FLV files isn't enough, even though these little fuzzy movies seem like great ads for the DVD quality versions.
Some may enjoy another project by Nate Harrison that uses the Artbeats catalog to "meditate on the construction of visual meaning in today's very fluid (and increasingly template-driven) image economy."
Services like KeepVid let you to save an FLV from it's website.
VIXY goes a step ahead and lets you submit an url then they convert the video and download the converted file automatically to your hard drive. VIXY allows you to convert a Flash Video FLV file (Youtube movies,etc) to MPEG4 (AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3/3GP) file online. VIXY is using a compressed domain transcoder technology and converts FLV to MPEG4 faster with better quality than a typical transcoder.
February 21, 2007
The Edit Blog's Avid and Final Cut comparison series has expanded by linking to other interesting blogs on the same topic, like Splice Here by Steve Cohen and Adventures in Storytelling by Robert Hogan (for the linked article anyway).
Edit Blog references more good stuff, like the David Bordwell website on cinema; take a gander at Anatomy of the Action Picture. Or like American Cinema Editors, or ACE the honorary society of motion picture editors (check some specific links here).
February 19, 2007
Exploits often follow news of security holes according to the latest Security Now podcast, which explains how spambots work, why spammers need them, how to understand mail headers, and fixes.
This reminds me again of E.M. Forster's "only connect" warning in "The Machine Stops" and of the ecological thinking of Amory Lovins on resilience and complex systems that was buried by the Reagan administration. If there was an major oil supply disruption I wonder if the response would be similar to Katrina/New Orleans.
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destruction of Ragnarök.
February 15, 2007
Photoshop Commander is free front-end to the Photoshop scripting engine and "provides a comprehensive easy-to-use menu system that allows non-programmers to create sophisticated workflow automations all without the need to understand a single line of programming code." There's also Flash movie tutorials.
February 7, 2007
The first free Taronite is NormaliZe, an AE filter to reformat and normalize vectors as they are found in normal maps for simulating shading. 3D people might use it in AE to fix normals for filters like Normality and Zborn Toy, but it might also be fun just noodling with colors.
Check it out at After Effects: Volume Light.