Using DropBox for video file uploads to Vimeo

Vimeo’s video file up-loader is well known for being very slow. Tortuously slow.

Fortunately, Vimeo now supports importing video files from DropBox. Go to Dropbox.com and set up a free account. Then copy your video file to your local Dropbox and wait for it to synchronize to the Dropbox cloud. Once done, go over to Vimeo, choose Upload and select the Dropbox option. Vimeo reads the file over from Dropbox very quickly – this is so much easier than dealing with Vimeo’s uploader.

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Why is Youtube so slow?

why is youtube so slow in 2012? – Google Search.

Lots of people are asking this question but there does not seem to be a good answer. We have noticed that on our 12 Mbps connection play back stalls out all the time on HD (720p) videos now, making viewing unusable. Stalling even occurs on HQ (480p) at times. Does not matter what device we use to view – its the same everywhere. But we can play Vimeo or Netflix HD videos just fine.

One common culprit is thought to be the Adobe Flash Player, but that does not explain our Roku (with the secret Youtube channel that is no longer available). And the problem exists in different browsers on different computers. And lots of other people are experiencing similar problems, not just us. (See below – this has nothing to do with the Flash Player.)

Truthfully, Youtube is nearly unusable at this point.

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The problem occurs every evening from 6pm to midnight local time, for sure. In the early morning, Youtube works okay. This means that either Youtube itself has insufficient bandwidth or the local ISP (CenturyLink telephone company DSL) is doing something to limit access to Youtube. Again, Vimeo and Netflix work fine on HD videos – the problem is only with Youtube.

A Micro Four Thirds mount camera with CCD sensors

Which means no jello in videos: No joke: SVS-Vistek makes a MFT mount camera with global shutter! | 43 Rumors.

As I understand them, CCDs read/write a frame at a time, unlike the line at a time used in lower powered CMOS sensors. Both can take great photos, but when it comes to video, CMOS results in the “jello effect” seen in handheld smart phone and even high end dSLR cameras using CMOS sensors. HOWEVER, I do not know from the story whether these sensors and cameras would be used for shooting video.

And you may be surprised at who designs and manufactures the image sensors.

Is a 10-bit video codec always way better than an 8-bit codec?

It depends:

“As long as you have the right 8-bit, youre fine." DSLRs like the 5D Mark III have 14-bit sensors, but for video capture, they’re converted down to 8-bit. Its this 8-bit “secret sauce” that the experienced engineers are able to pull off.  “If the engineers are getting the right 8-bit in that final codec, its visibly lossless,”

via Misinformation: The Right 8 Bits | HDVideoPro.com.

It also depends on the lighting in the scene. If the scene has a high dynamic range, more bits are better. If the scene’s dynamic range is shallow, fewer bits are needed to capture the full range. And, like the above, it also depends on how the codec itself works to capture in 14-bits but mix down to 8-bits.

New 3D-capable Set Top Boxes Coming from ZTE

Says the new STBs will support Internet content:

ZTE Corp. 763, China’s second-largest maker of telephone equipment, plans to release digital set-top boxes for 3D television services that will run Google Inc. GOOG’s Android operating system.

via ZTE Plans 3D Digital-TV Boxes Operating Google’s Android – Bloomberg.

Which is why I think 3D is going to occur via the Internet more than the traditional broadcast pipes, particularly while 3D is a growing niche.

Video: Pvt. Hugh McLaughlin (1835-1906)

A mini documentary I produced today. Was invited to record an honorary ceremony and headstone dedication for Pvt. Hugh McLaughlin (b.1835-d.1906). He was buried in Greenwood Memorial Terrace in 1906 but his grave was unmarked and his Civil War service was unknown. Local Civil War history enthusiasts, re-enactors, and others took part in a graveside ceremony to honor Hugh McLaughlin. In attendance were a granddaughter, great granddaughter, great great granddaughter and other extended family members. Photographed using a Canon XH A1 and AT-835b shotgun directional mic. I also shot some 3D any may edit that at a later date.

Local news story on the ceremony is here and background on how the grave was discovered and the many people who researched the genealogy, the history and worked to obtain a new headstone.

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Powerpoint slide shows in #3D

Interesting idea:

Presente3D is an easy to use add-on for Microsoft PowerPoint that allows you to easily take any existing MS PowerPoint slide and make it 3D in minutes.

via Presente 3D adds Stereo to PowerPoint for $59.

For now, a niche market, but an interesting idea as glass free displays begin to become common. Although, if this takes off, undoubtedly Microsoft would add similar 3D support directly to Powerpoint – or by up this company 🙂

New Magix Movie Edit Pro 2013 – 3D editing problems

Update 2013: Two software updates later, the problems with the initial release of MEP 2013 appear to have been fixed. The 2013 version is significantly faster than previous versions too.

More details are here.

After hours of experimentation I conclude that the Magix Movie Edit Pro 2013 is not usable for 3D editing at this time.

MEP 2013 added numerous 3D performance improvements; unfortunately, it introduced numerous defects to the 3D editing process. See details at the link.

At this time, I cannot recommend the use of MEP 2013 for 3D editing.

I am re-starting a large project back in the prior version MEP MX Plus, as its 3D support, while slow, actually worked quite well.

The problems have been reported to Magix and hopefully they will release a fixed version of MEP 2013 soon. Magix is a nice video editing package and the 2013 features, especially in terms of 3D performance improvements, will be greatly appreciated once they work correctly.