Video - High Definition Format War Veteran

The demise of Toshiba's HD DVD format may have induced mad partying in the BluRay camp... but what about the HD DVD early adopters?

The original Cambrian House blog post and higher quality flash video can be found here.

Mashup friendly copies available at Blip.Tv and Internet Archive.

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Presentation: iStockPhoto

iStockPhoto via Internet Archive On 2006-05-19, SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) Polytechnic had a Guest Speaker Day for Database Administrator and Object Oriented Software Developer classes.

Patrick Lor (Exec. V.P.) and Aaron Springer (Lead Dev.) described the company processes gave general career advice. They allowed me to videotape them, and place the footage in the public domain.

Internet Archive is hosting the 1 hour presentation:
  Windows Media Video Hi & Lo Quality,
  MPEG-4 (playable in QuickTime) in Hi & Lo Resolution,
  MPEG-2 (for recycling of footage).

A 20 minute version of the presentation can be found on:


Stock: Gold Pour

Gold Mine Gold Pour Footage of the first gold pour at a Panamanian gold mine. Few establishing shots, but bulk of tape is various angles of the gold pour itself. Was originally recorded on Hi8.

Internet Archive is hosting:
  Windows Media Video,
  MPEG-4 (playable in QuickTime),
  MPEG-2 (for recycling of footage).


Sony DCR-TRV110 - Receive Infrared & Visible Light

Gord in infrared. The Sony DCR-TRV110 Nightshot switch can be jammed half-way between "Off" and "On" which disables the infrared LEDs and allows both visible light and infrared light to hit the CCD.

This is handy for shooting in low-light conditions, when you want to use all the available light possible, but don't want the distracting "beam" of infrared shooting from the front of the camera.

MPEG-4 (QuickTime preview) MPEG-2 (original).

Searching Google for infrared webcam hack turns up articles on how to enable webcams to receive infrared.


Stock: 9/11 Chronology - Source Material

CNN and Fox live coverage.Japanese live coverage.
The CNN and Fox live news footage found in 9/11 Chronology I purchased in 2004 via eBay. After I completed the project, I deleted the digitized copies from my hard drives (they were too big to archive easily). Since I've been asked many times for copies of this footage, I re-digitized it and created a simpler split screen which I've posted to Internet Archive. (I can't post anything simpler then a split screen because the footage is copyrighted, and I need some sort of recontextualization of the footage or else IA will not host it.)

There are lots of source files which I've already described on a dedicated IA splash page here.

And please understand this "stock" footage is still copyrighted by CNN, FOX, etc. Documentaries are given greater flexibility under copyright law than works of fiction. You can presume (like I did with 9/11 Chronology) that you have recontextualized the footage enough to be safe, but FOX may not see it that way.


Stock: Canadian Geese and Goslings

Canadian geese and goslings.
Dusk. Canadian geese and goslings. I move towards them with camera on "steadycam", they run away. Used the camera-on-pipe-with-weight steadycam as described in MAKE Magazine. Footage is upside down because I turn the steadycam upside down to get camera close to ground, and reverse it in post production. Frames are progressive so no interlace to complicate the flip.

MPEG-4 (QuickTime preview), MPEG-2 (HD 1280x720x30p).


Stock: Robin in Nest

Bird robin in nest.
Robin sitting in nest. Almost completely static, but I was unable to break the HD MPEG-2 original down into a smaller sized clip.

MPEG-4 (QuickTime preview), MPEG-2 (HD 1280x720x30p).