Posts categorized “video”.

Evan Longoria is a big fat liar.

KY3-TV reported:

The video appears to be part of a viral ad campaign by […], whose signage can be seen in the distant background.  Longoria told the St. Petersburg Times that it was real and it occured after a […] commercial shoot.

Well, it’s clearly a clever advertising campaign by a shaving company — they’re not getting free advertising here.  And there are many things wrong with the video.  I read elsewhere it was shot in a few minutes.  It was also edited in the same amount of time.  But I will be fair, the IDEA of the video captivated me, and I wanted to believe it.  But many things were blatantly wrong with it.

  • What news syndicate doesn’t have their call letters on the banner at the bottom of the video let alone their brand on the microphone?
  • Why were all the stands empty?
  • Was that a minor league park?

Now I did share this with my friends when I saw it.  I rationalized the above as, “Batting practice at spring training.”  No call letters on the banner because a video guy at whatever-station leaked it because it wasn’t going to be shown otherwise.  I missed the plain mic.

But after a good friend of mine pointed out it was faked (but still cool) I had to do some further digging.

  • Fake advertising banners all over the background of the stadium.
  • If you freeze frame it, the batter swings, the ball is hit, you see it go off straight (just one small line on one frame), then the CGI ball comes at the reporter.
  • If you freeze frame it at the end when he throws the ball back onto the field, the batter is ready for the next pitch, and the pitcher is looking at the batter.

So, it is obviously faked.  Which is fine.  Very cool advertising idea, except for the fact that they lied about it when the truth came to light.  If they fessed up to it, I would have said, “Way cool. I need to buy me some of [that brand of shaving shit].”  But because they lied about it, I’m instead saying, “We’re not stupid. But you’re treating me like I am. I don’t want to buy your [brand of shaving shit] and I probably never will again because I don’t do business with liars — mostly because liars are usually cheats also.”

So, one little lie turns a “Way cool” fake viral video into a “You and your products suck!” feeling from a guy who should be shaving now.

Neutrogena actually makes the best shaving gel ever.  You should go out and try it.

Video Project, Phase 3

Last year, June 2009 to be more precise, I contracted imemories to digitize some old 8mm film that I had saved from my parents. It was pretty expensive, but I didn’t have a lot to do. I figured I’d break the job up into smaller bits and spread the cost over a few years. I’m glad I got part of it done before my father passed away this summer. I think that motivated me to make sure all of the video I’ve taken over the years was safe.

So back in March of 2010 I started a project to ‘recover’ all my home video. I could have used imemories to do this also, but I had so much video, it wasn’t cost effective to pay someone else to do the conversion work. It would have been tens of thousands of dollars for them to do it. And sure most of the tedious, boring, busy-work would have been farmed out; but, I’d still be stuck doing the hard work of categorizing and editing the video. It just wasn’t a cost effective solution. Plus, I had almost everything I needed. My old Video8 VHS camcorder still worked. I had a way to capture and digitize the analog footage. I just needed to pick up a miniDV camcorder that was in working condition to digitize the close to fifty hours of miniDV footage I had. Thank goodness for Craig’s List! I found a working camera for $80 and after about a month of working, I completed Phase 1 of the project — getting everything onto a hard drive.

Thinking this through, phase 2 might still be uncompleted. Phase 2 consisted of getting everything into an iMovie format ready for archival and editing. I migrated computers and think I may have several dozen hours of Video8 footage in EyeTV format. If that’s the case, I’ll figure it out after Phase 4, which will be the accounting and audit phase to make sure I didn’t miss anything. If I missed anything, Phase 5 will be to do whatever it takes to finish the project. I do mean, “Whatever it takes!”

So, I find myself here, in phase 3 — “Compression and Archival”. Since I started this whole process, I learned that iMovie saves my HDTV footage from my newest camcorders in Apple Intermediary Codec format. This is the native format that iMovie uses for editing. My understanding is that it’s a lossless codec and takes up 50% of the space that DV encoded events do. With this new knowledge, I am in the process of re-encoding all my DV footage to be this newly discovered native apple format. Afterwards, I plan on encoding each event as a .mov and .m4v file, then archive it onto optical medium (DVD +R DL).

I just started this last week. So far, I’m working on my third event. I think I could do an event a day: it takes about four hours to encode both formats and two hours to burn it to disc with verification for each hour long event… some events are two hours long. It takes ten minutes to set it up to start, two minutes to export to the 2nd format after one two hour conversion, then ten more minutes to set up the disc burning. So, about twenty two minutes of real computer work per day of waiting. Taking into consideration the lack of efficiency on my part, and the inevitable hurdles I’ll come across, let’s say I can complete five events a week. At around a hundred and twenty hours of events I’m looking at approximately four months of work for this phase. The product will be a DVD library of cataloged, home, video footage in neat little DVD cases with covers and explanations of what is contained within.

Wow, sounds a bit OCD, doesn’t it? Well, you know what they say… if the skin fits… wash it! They don’t really say that… it was my attempt at OCD-humor. Forget it. OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and is sometimes epitomized by the frequent washing of one’s hands — it’s also epitomized by the compulsive need to explain failed humor, inform and enlighten others, and generally drone on for hours, blogging crap no one will ever read. But I digress.

“So what,” you say? So, I started another phase of this monumental task. I do it for me, to keep track of time, but, mostly to show that if you break it up into small enough pieces, no matter how big the task is you can tackle it.

How’s that for a blog entry really about nothing pulling a moral and life lesson out of nowhere! I think what I just did needs a name. If we were playing hockey, it would be comparable to a hat-trick, so let’s call it a head-trick!

Southern Snow Shoveling

Special Thanks to my brother Donald for the Snow Shovel. 😉

Ancient Video, part 2b

Here’s Part B of my parents Wedding Video from 1960 — the honeymoon. Don’t worry, it’s rated ‘B’ for boring.

A turbo-prop airplane ride to Florida. Lots of boring clouds. Swimming pool at the hotel in South Florida — check out that bathing cap on my Mom, huh? She was a hottie. A day at the races — horse racing, of course. And a cruse down a palm lined road. It might be boring to you, but this is vintage home movie gold to me.

Click the Ancient Video, part 2b Link above or get the Flash Player to see this video.

Ancient Video, part 2a

No, that’s not a typo in the title, it’s Part 2a. There are four sub parts (a through d) to Part 2. Hey, it’s my website, I can organize it how I see fit.

So, here’s my parents Wedding Video from 1960.

Click the Ancient Video, part 2a Link above or get the Flash Player to see this video.