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#1 shawnh

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 08:38 PM

Hey folks,
Finally got my website up and running. Still lots to do but it's a start. Had to rush through encoding videos. I am happy with the .qt7 files but not with the .wm9 (not great quality). All my DV stuff is .wm9 and my HDV stuff is .qt7. I can't yet produce .wm9's with my MacBook as Flip4Mac doesn't yet run on intel based machines. Also, used iWeb to build it and it auto-converts most images to .png which MS Explorer doesn't like much. As such, load times for Explorer users will be slow the first time through...sorry about that. Safari and firefox should be snappy.
Anyway, give it a look-see if you have a break and let me know what you think.
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#2 wagsy

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 09:27 PM

Good work Shawn...I like the mid 30's bit :D
Looks like you are a busy guy as well.

You have some great clips and pics there, liked the Caribbean reef sharks.
The WMV files played straight away on my PC. Funny though the QT7 would not and had to download first :lol:

Yep QT7 quality did look better than wmv but......
QT7 was 250kbps @ 320/180
WMV9 was 180kbps @ 360/240

I also looked at the site with Firefox and IE and everthing displayed fine.

What lens have you one your L&M?

I also pinch ya logo and will put a link to ya. :blink:
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#3 shawnh

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 10:08 PM

Wags,
Thanks for the kind words:)
I tried encoding at even 300kps in Premiere and didn't notice much improvement in my .wm9 performance...the motion stuff gets all blurry. Bummer as most folks will be using that WinMedia. I'll probably tap you for advice on how to optimize that further.

More evidence that Microsoft and Apple aren't friends. On Mac, the qt files stream but not on PC. On PC the wmv files stream but not on Mac...very annoying!

I am using the 80degree wide lens.

Feel free to grab the logo and share the love.

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#4 Nick Hope

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 10:13 PM

Layout looks nice Shawn.

Quicktime vid played ok on my matchine.

I'm getting stuck inside your slideshows. There was no way to escape from them or get a "lightbox" view, so you don't know how far through the show you are. Also I got a couple of script errors when pressing the "next" and "previous" buttons. And sometime those buttons just changed the aspect ratio of the image a little instead of changing to the next picture (but I think you intended that). Also the slideshow pages are too tall for my browser so a scrollbar appears. This is due to a huge white border around the pics.

What software did you use to create the slideshows? If you're getting trouble you might want to try some open source PHP software such as Gallery or Coppermine.

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 10:21 PM

If you're not getting nice WMV files from Premiere you could try Microsoft's standalone coverter:

http://www.microsoft...er/default.mspx

I notice they have a forthcoming "studio edition" which should be interesting.

I have had different results creating WMVs in Premiere, Procoder and Microsoft standalone encoder.

#6 shawnh

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 10:35 PM

Nick,
Great tip...I'll give this a closer look.
thanks
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#7 shawnh

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 10:41 PM

Nick,
on the slide shows, b/c i chose not to use Apple's server they have minimal functionality. the big wide border is really annoying. i just have so much on my plate i haven't had time to do anythign about it. my real focus is on video work and the slide shows are icing. thanks for the ideas as they are always helpful.
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#8 wagsy

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 10:44 PM

Shawn I just looked at it on me net computer 14 inch screen 800/600 slide shows work fine as well.

Nick, its good to see I'm not the only one getting side tracked from my work and ending up here posting. :lol:

Also cause Im a good bloke shawn, here is a couple wmv files I made from your QT ones.
How they look your end.

SHAWN1WMV


SHAWN2WMV

If you like send me the QT links to them all and I will batch encode the lot.
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Posted 27 June 2006 - 11:01 PM

Ok Wags...you are the Rock Star! How did you do that so fast and so well...they look great! I really appreciate the help.

What are you using to batch encode them?
I'll send the links momentarily.

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 11:08 PM

Just sent you a PM with links. I only have posted my Donsol & Phi Phi stuff...way backlogged on editing:(
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Posted 27 June 2006 - 11:21 PM

Batch conveting right now with Procder 2 :D
Am I on wetpixel :blink:
And Im burning DVDs :blink:

All at the same time.....gee sometimes I love PC's :huh: :lol:

Stay tuned and will give you back the links shawn....
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Posted 27 June 2006 - 11:26 PM

Ok...now I'm really impressed. It's 1:30 am here...not unsual for me...but tomorrow I am really busy...so off to bed. Can't wait to get the links! and don't take me as ungrateful if I don't stay up to get these.
thanks so much,
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Posted 27 June 2006 - 11:28 PM

Wags, want to sort through the 338 manta photos i took today while you are at it?

Good looking site Shawn, i might open a video later.... :lol:

Soo... what do you actually do Shawn, besides all these overseas trips?

I like your logo!

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 11:35 PM

Hey they are all done, and uploading a 31 meg zip file now.

Link is SHAWNS ZIP FILE HERE

Nighty Night Shawn....
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Posted 27 June 2006 - 11:36 PM

Mike,
Glad you like the logo...that was a little of my creative side peaking out!
What do I do: well actually I am a secret agent and anymore info would require that I dispose of you;)
I actually do a lot of things and my day job is crazy busy (international business development for a software company...mostly asia). My other "job" is freelance UW video work. That is just really reving up now. The nice thing about my day job is it sends me to all kinds of locations with diving accessible. I also accrue crazy airline miles which enables me to fly almost anywhere free.
So...to be clear...I am a working stiff who is trying to work his way toward what I love to do...shoot video and produce.
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Posted 27 June 2006 - 11:38 PM

thanks a bunch wags! I owe you a Fosters:)...even though you blokes don't actually drink the stuff:)
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Posted 27 June 2006 - 11:54 PM

Zip file all loaded up now.

338 manta pics...so that's how you get a good shot. Just fire away and at least one must turn out good :lol:
I have got a cool little program that will batch convet pics..

Nar I'm a burbon & coke man.

What software company are you with there shawn?
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Posted 28 June 2006 - 12:42 AM

What's going on, I thought all Aussies were beer guzzlers :blink: So is it Jack Daniels or Jim Beam Wags?

Yeah it's funny how my presence on here increases dramatically when I have a shitload of editing to do. Not to mention the hours spent agonising over Z1 housing choices :lol:

Anyone fancy wading through 10 full tapes of Bunaken/Lembeh footage for me? :D

Shawn you could always just jack it in like I did and then live on sticky rice and water for a few years while you suffer for your art :blink:

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 02:05 AM

Hey Nick....

I am drinking rum and coke at the mo....

Just buy a damn housing already....hahahah and a BIG bag of rice.. i avoid food now, stick to the Rum....

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 02:43 AM

Jim Beam is the one Nick.

Mike I don't know how you can drink that Rum stuff.

Mike I think I found Nick a housing..look..
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and it comes with a great case :lol:
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Nick get yourself a big drive and just suck it all in...
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