mandysee_mandydo: (shooty dog thing)
Last night as I was removing laundry from the dryer, I noticed I had left my USB flash drive in a pocket and it had been through the wash and the dryer. This has happened a couple of times before and both previous times it had come out fine. This time, while still fully functional, it had shed its plastic casing. Yeah, I could have put it back in its original casing and glued it together, but I'm very much an opportunist and decided to retrofit it into something completely different (or so I though): a Pez dispenser. A little exacto knife work and a little super glue now means I get to plug Gonzo into my computer and access my files. Weeeeeeeee! Later out of curiosity I Googled the concept and found others have done this and, in some cases, made them not only fully functional USB drives but also (with limited storage capacity) fully functional Pez dispensers, too. Mine sadly no longer dispenses candy, but it looks funky. Anyway, a couple photos and then back to work:



mandysee_mandydo: (Default)
Quick post since I'm at work. This is work-related and I'm seeking any technical advice anyone may have on this subject.

First, let me just say again that I ADORE Ubuntu Studio! I am just generally impressed overall with Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) and especially this particular multimedia-centric installation of it.

So anyhow, here comes the work-related question, and I'm asking it publicly here in the hopes that perhaps someone may know the answer. I have installed an IEEE 1394 (you may better know this as FireWire or iLink) card in the computer and it's picked up fine and works without trouble. I am able to plug in our two MiniDV camcorders and they are recognized. Using Kino to capture, I am able to manually control the camcorder and capture video just fine. The trouble is the camcorders, despite being controllable through IEEE 1394, are not being recognized as AV/C compliant and so I am unable to control the camcorders through the software interface. I simply get the error message "No AV/C compliant cam connected or not switched on?" even when the camera is in fact connected and switched on and sending audio and video. I'm using /dev/dv1394/0 as the camcorder device for the dv1394 configuration.

The question is: does anyone know how I can get these AV/C compliant camcorders to actually play nice with Kino and have full software control over them through IEEE1394? It would be nice to have more precise control over the start/stop in capture rather than doing things manually.

EDIT:
Okay, so I opted to use /dev/raw1394 instead and made sure the group permissions were all set for video and the group had rw permissions on /dev/raw1394. Even still, the only way I could get Kino to assume AV/C control of the camcorder was to start Kino as root. Not even sudo worked! So there's obviously some sort of permissions issue here, but I'm not sure what.

FURTHER EDIT:
Curiouser and curiouser. Having found no easy way to get a normal user to run Kino and get AV/C control I decided to retreat for now and do a bit more research before tinkering more. I changed back to /dev/dv1394/0 and tested capture as a normal user to make sure I didn't accidentally kill it. Not only did it work fine, but... I had AV/C control! Not that I'm trying to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I would have liked to have known how I managed it, especially without touching any permissions on /dev/dv1394/0.
mandysee_mandydo: (jack harkness)
Special thanks to [profile] ciliandis for sharing this link. Good stuff! :D

I really like INT!

"War is idiocy. We live on a small, small planet, and what we do to others is what we do to ourselves." - Rosanne Cash
mandysee_mandydo: (cute doctor)
I is a happy turtle. I have installed Ubuntu Studio successfully on a PC at work and will be using it soon to do non-linear editing. I am very giddy to try it out and see how well it works. ^_^

EDIT:
Can I just say I LOVE Ubuntu so far? Because I do! Granted, I haven't played with a Linux or *nix flavor since Fedora Core 1 and certainly not anything extensive since some rather old version of FreeBSD about 8 years ago, but... I DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TO MOUNT MY EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE! I love that it can autodetect and hotswap! Okay, that is all. Back to work now.

"The Linux philosophy is 'Laugh in the face of danger'. Oops. Wrong One. 'Do it yourself'. Yes, that's it." - Linus Torvalds
mandysee_mandydo: (cute doctor)
I know a bunch of you reading this are Doctor Who fans and some may have seen this already, but it's too good not to share. Thanks [profile] ciliandis for posting this link!

http://legendary.comicgenesis.com/d/20070803.html

"What for? What're you going to do to me? Because if you can't kill, then what are you good for dalek? What's the point of you? What are you doing here?" - The Doctor
mandysee_mandydo: (captain jack sparrow)
Kathy and I are both rather fond of Age of Empires III, so we were both very pleased when we saw The War Chiefs. One of my only reservations (pardon the pun) with AoE III was that it takes place in Colonial America, a time when most wars involved Native Americans or were against Native Americans, yet in AoE III... where are all the Native Americans?! They make a cameo. Ummm, something is amiss here...

So now with The War Chiefs you can play the Aztecs, the Iroquois or the Sioux (I don't generally like using that term but that's what they use in the game so reluctantly I use it here). Yay! I can't wait to play it! The downside is that we still haven't upgraded our graphics adapter after the original in this PC had malfunctioned, so AoE III bogs down after a short while due to lack of VRAM. No problem. Guess that will be the big splurg next week. ;)

They also added a few things to the game in general, such as a couple extra scenarios, pirates and, mind you this is quirky but so geeky, ninjas. WTF?! Ninjas in Colonial America? I guess the pirates need to fight someone, right?

"Oh, I'm sorry. I have a tendency of startling people like that. It's probably from training with Batman. I'm Dr. McNinja." - Dr. McNinja
mandysee_mandydo: (cute doctor)
So while I'm waiting for it to finish downloading...

I'm going to put together a machine from spare parts at home and install Ubuntu Studio 7.04. It's a multimedia creation flavor of Ubuntu. If I can get it to work successfully then I can use it to save us a bunch of money at work and get up to speed with digital post-production. The big ifs: will Ubuntu recognize and play nice with the PCI firewire card, will it recognize and play nice with our digital camcorders and will the system produce broadcast-quality video? That's what I hope to find out from testing. If I can pull this off I will be so exuberant!

Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want. - Clive Barnes

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