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Re: [videoblogging] Re: Server side optimizing?

By Adrian Miles | Adrian Miles <adrian.miles@...> | adrianlmiles
July 14, 2004 | Post #310 | Topic #283

On 14/07/2004, at 7:06 AM, =C5smund Garfors wrote: > I'm looking at comma= nd line encoding tools like mencoder (and ffmpeg, > transcode, > etc.) Sti= ll experimental for me. Some mac-oriented people are talking > about OS X = > and this watch folder, and it seems ok, I've just tried it. But I'm > tr= ying to > figure out how to do this with free software (I'm running FreeBSD= ). > But both > Cleaner and mencoder has some problems not being able to d= ecode as > many formats > as I would like, meaning they aren't able to enc= ode them. I don't know > which > tool's able to support most formats. Ther= e seems to be difficult to > automate > this, meaning that some user confi= guration/tweaking for every uploaded > file may > be necessary. Ideas, any= one? hi =C5smund sorry i didn't meet you when i worked for Intermedia and= medievitenskap at Bergen :-) I have a really basic suggestion which runs= counter to a lot of the basic ideas of projects like this (which I like b= tw). Insist on a standard. Rather than making tools that support everythin= g, make something that works well and make sure people follow the standard= that you set. This is crucial because then we all know what sorts of vide= o objects are coming out the other end, and how to use them. HTML works l= ike this (well should). Standard markup, means we can all learn how to do = it, and then it means we can write tools to make it easier, and to do thin= gs which what we find in html, and the objects it forms (pages, urls, etc)= . i'd argue strongly the standard output ought to be mpeg4 derived. it is = an international standard, it is not open source, but it is the basis for= mutliple platforms (web, phone, and so on) and looks increasingly like th= at this is the architecture that everything else will adopt. particularly = with the new DVD format recently announced (which is also mpeg4 based, see= http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2004/jun/23quicktime.html) projects like= this are fantastic, but risk reinventing the wheel. are you making a prod= uct for sale or demonstrating an idea and facilitating things happening? = cheers Adrian Miles .......................................................= .......... hypertext.rmit || hypertext.rmit.edu.au/adrian interactive netwo= rked video || hypertext.rmit.edu.au/vog research blog || hypertext.rmit.edu= .au/vog/vlog/