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My family films archive project is coming along very well. Last week I finished transferring the fifty-four Super 8 films to miniDV tape, and then digitizing all of those into my computer. I digitized each tape as one long file, and then went through a cut up the longer videos into shorter sequences. Before I went to bed last night I setup a job to export all of the sequences as stand alone Quicktime files. This will be used to convert the videos for possible iPhone use. This morning I setup another job to export each sequence as MPEG2 files to use on the DVD. Tonight I want to start creating the DVD interface and figuring out how I want to organize the videos. It probably just makes sense to put them all in chronological order, but I'm playing with other ideas.

I'm also thinking about how I may want to edit these together to create a nice 30 minute loop to play at my parents fiftieth wedding anniversary in September. It was suggested that we just play all of the unedited videos, but that would take after three and a half hours to play. A nice loop will let people see it and move on without fear of missing something.

My one disappointment was that the films start right *after* my Grandpa Bertke died, so I didn't get a chance to see him in motion. The first films are from my parent's 1965 trip to the World Fair with my Granda Bertke. She was along because her husband had recently died. However, I was very happy to see footage of my Grandma  Bertke and my Grandpa and Grandma Penk, and of the old Lake of the Ozarks cabin that our family used to have.

At the end of August we're having a Bertke family reunion for the first time. Of course, when I say Bertke family, I really just mean the families of my Dad and Uncle. We're renting a couple houses in the Ozarks and spending a week there. While watching the films I realized that the ten year anniversary of my Grandma Bertke's death will be in just a couple weeks, right before the reunion. I think she would have really liked these films and the fact that her children and their families are still getting together.
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Stephen Leigh sings "Galileo"


and "Oops, I Did It Again"
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Ugh... I was hoping to have the Nitrogen Ice Cream demonstration video to post this morning, but at some point after leaving last night my work Mac crashed. When I arrived this morning the big Mac error screen was up on the monitor and the fan was whirring like crazy. I think it was preparing for take off.

So now the Nitrogen Ice Cream demonstration video is back to encoding. Hopefully I can post it this afternoon.
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No new AppleCon videos to post tonight, but I've been capturing plenty of songs from the fourth tape. Here's the list.

David and Ann - Ain't Nobody Can Sing Like Me
David and Ann - King California
David and Ann - Boy With The Long Black Hair
David and Ann - In My Darkest Hour
David and Ann - Lets Kill Saturday Night
S.L. Farrell Reading - partial because I missed the first part
(Who is this guy?) - Don't Swear At Machinery
Chas Somdahl - Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
(Who is this guy?) - Canada's Really Big!
Beca L - It's Over
Stephen Leigh - Galileo
Chas Somdahl - Walk of Life

For those of you in the know...

The "Who is this guy?" guy is an older guy, originally from canada, salt and pepper beard, usually wears a hat and sings funny songs. Can you identify him?

Is Beca spelled right, and what's her last name?

The rest of the titles and names look right?
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For the time being I'm going to stick with Viddler for posting the AppleCon videos. I'm not settled on a format for encoding the video, including the AppleCon id overlay.

I have three videos now posted in the final format:

David Perry singing "Little Birdy" at AppleCon

Teresa Chandler singing at AppleCon

Korean Drumming - Demonstration

Korean Drumming - Introduction


Currently renderings:

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream


Still to come:

Lots and lots of music circle performances

Closing ceremony with Tri-Wizard championship awards


You can always view the latest AppleCon videos here.


The two previous version of David's and Teresa's videos have been disabled on Viddler, and I'll disable them on YouTube later tonight.
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Trying out the AppleCon id overlay now.

Of course, here is the YouTube version for comparison:


Do you like the AppleCon id overlay? Yes, I intentionally had it cross over onto the video a bit, off of the black. It would be to easy for someone to take the video and remove it from just the black.

The little feedback that I've gotten back has agreed with me that the Viddler videos look better. So say we all?
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Here is my export of David's "Little Birdy" on Viddler.



Compare it with the YouTube posting:

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Here is my second AppleCon video posting, and my first using Viddler.



Somehow I lost the 16:9 ratio, and I'm not sure how. I setup the export option to maintain the 16:9 by letterboxing the original video in to a 4:3 video. I'll probably re-export this one and see if I can figure out how I lost the 16:9.

Also, I want to see if I can replace the "Viddler" icon with an "AppleCon" icon.
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Yes... Viddler's videos can be embedded on other websites:

Example:


I'm just scared of her driving and vBlogging at the same time. I'd never do that!!!


Oh... wait...
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AppleCon is happening this weekend, and I'm taking this opportunity to experiment with recording and posting video. The convention chairs asked me to record the music circles, so here is my first experiment with converting and posting these videos.

I'm recording this on a Canon HV20 HD video camera with an external shotgun mic. I'm imputing these into FInal Cut Pro, and using Compressor to convert to MPEG4 video.

I still haven't found the optimal way to prepare the file for YouTube. I'm not really that happy with the video compression, but the audio sounds great.

HV20

Feb. 15th, 2008 05:40 pm
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I finally crossed over to the HD video realm today. We purchased a Canon HV20 camcorder for work to replace our old Canon SD camera which died last fall.

Just starting to play with the camera a bit late in the afternoon. I'm going to take it home for the weekend to really try and get a sense of how it works, and figure out what the Final Cut Pro work

While reading the Amazon comments on this camera, one person linked to this site which talks about some high and low cost options for external microphones that will work with the camera. I think this is going to be a must.

This camera is a compromise for work. I wanted to get a higher end SD camera for small corporate video projects, but they were still over our budget amount. The HV20 cost us about $900 at Best Buy, and I'm sure it can be found for less online. I've been told that this is a good low budget camera for doing professional work, so I'll see if it can really produce the kind of video that I'll need.

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(Just scroll on past this entry if you have no interest in digital video data management!)

I've posted a few times lately how I was having storage problems on my Mac at home. We'll, I'm having similar issues at work. But there is a solution... archiving to DVD's!

Yes, I know... it should be obvious. But when I'm dealing with video editing projects folders ranging from 20GB to 100+GB, archiving isn't a simple matter.

I think I have a solution now though... just archive the project file and dump the digital video source files. I can always have Final Cut Pro recapture the video source files from the original DV tapes.

I've known about this solution for a long time, but I wasn't getting good batch capture results from the old Panasonic DV camera we had. It did a poor job of finding the video in and out points. But a couple of months ago I found an old Sony DV camera that we must have gotten from one of our corporate acquisitions. This camera does a great job when I batch capture. This means now that if I dump the digital video files, I can recapture them again later.

My second issue at work has been with finding reliable back up drives. I have two LaCie 500GB drives and a 250GB MyBook drive from Western Digital (WD). The LaCie drives have been really touchy over the past year. Drive 2 appeared to die last spring, but I was able to revive it later with a new power supply. Now Drive 1 has been having problems. I even plugged in the new power supply from Drive 2, but it didn't change the results. I was able to backup the information using Data Rescue, so nothing is lost (thank goodness). Once I can get both drives cleaned off, I'm going to reformat them both and set them up in a RAID.

My thirst issue has been how to index video content stored on all these tapes. I found a nifty little program called iDive that will go through a tape and capture still frames every few seconds (user definable). It places these images in a project folder in the program and allows me to add tags for people, events, and place. Later when I need to find all clips with John Doe, I can search in iDive and it will tell me all the tapes with him, and where exactly on the tapes. This will be a big time saver on new projects.

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