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Video from last week's BLU meeting

"Scott Prive" <Scott.Prive at> writes:

> I've only been to one BLU meeting so far, and have been lurking on the
> list... but do you need some video encoding? Video encoding has been a
> secondary discipline of mine (last job required it), and I could
> possibly help if there is broadband access to the raw video.
> DivX-encoded video seems to work real well on Linux (as well as
> Windows). If you use RealPlayer to playback AVI files, it will even
> download the codec.
> My system is reasonably fast for this.. Athlon 2k with half-gazillion of
> RAM. I can usually encode video at realtime (or twice that for
> 'dual-pass' encoding).

The second one actually encoded a lot faster than I expected. There must
have been something slowing down the first one.

I guess my biggest issues are hardware related; I'm encoding the video
on an iMac G3 400 MHz box, and it tends to run slow at times. I'm
basically holding off on upgrading to a newer Mac until I find a job.

As for making the raw DV stream available, that's 24 GB for two hours
of video; I'm not willing to choke my cablemodem with that. Transcoding
from the MPEG files would most likely result in extremely poor quality. 

I suppose I could dump the edited video onto a couple of MiniDV tapes 
and hand them to you at the next meeting.

Currently I'm set up for VideoCD and QuickTime, and I'm keeping an
eye on Ogg-Tarkin development for the future. If you're willing to
encode to other formats like DivX or RealMedia, that would be great.


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