My first year bouldering!

Oct 31, 2008 was the first time I tried bouldering. A year later I do it all the time.

My first year bouldering from Ola Lindberg on Vimeo.

Featuring: Adam, Johan, Johan & me

Locations: Orminge, Brudberget, Åkers, Nyckelviken & coffee at Lynxklippan

Music: Döskallegänget feat. Marco Alvarez – Tid & Fredrik Ståhl – Biblical Parenting

Available on Vimeo and Youtube

Combine Time Lapses with standard DV – Avidemux and Sony Vegas

I’ve just gone trough some hoops to import a time lapse video made in Avidemux into my standard DV project in Sony Vegas. My first issue was to find a suitable video format and the second to get the size of the time lapse video to match the size of the DV format. I’ll go through all steps in an example project below. I’ll use a time lapse with 14 stills and a DV project (PAL, 720×576, 4:3) with one clip.

Sequence the filenames
Avidemux is a bit picky that the file names of the images are in a sequence. I use ReNamer to automatically serialize the images.

I use ReNamer to serialize file names
I use ReNamer to serialize file names

Making the time lapse video in Avidemux
Even though Sony Vegas can import still images I prefer Avidemux for my time lapses.

Open the first image in Avidemux and make sure all frames are visible in the video. Since I’m going to export the video to Sony Vegas I want to use a format that preserves as much quality as possible. I chose Huffyuv.

Select the frame rate you want. I choose 5 fps.

My time lapse images are in 640 x 480 px and my DV stream is in 720 x 576. I’ll resize the images to 768 x 576 px, then I crop 24 px on each side to get a 720 x 576 px image.

Scale the time lapse images in Avidemux
Scale the time lapse images in Avidemux

Save your time lapse video to avi.

To be able to play the video (in Windows Media Player) I had to install a codec for Huffyuv. I installed the latest ffdshow and selected to install Huffyuv only. I also had to enable Huffyuv in ffdshows VFW configuration utility.

Enable the correct codec
Compare the black border in the preview window with the next screenshot

Now you should be able to play the file in Windows Media Player and it’s time to import the video to Sony Vegas!

Import to Sony Vegas and fix the size problem
I start by just adding my two files to Vegas and preview them. I can see a black border around my time lapse file. I fiddeled around quite a while with this. I tried to resize the time lapse in Event Pan/Crop -tool but could only get that to work if I dissabled Maintain aspect ration.

Compare the black border in the preview window with the next screenshot
Compare the black border in the preview window with the next screenshot
See the black border on the left and right hand side in the preview window. Time lapse video has wrong pixel aspect ratio.
See the black border on the left and right hand side in the preview window. Time lapse video has wrong pixel aspect ratio.

Finally I found out that the pixel aspect ratio differs from my DV file and my time lapse file. On the DV file it’s set to 1,0926 (PAL DV) and on the time lapse it’s set to 1,0000 (Square). I changed it by right clicking on the media, select properties and it’s in the media tab.

Media properties for DV file
Media properties for DV file
Media properties for time lapse file
Media properties for time lapse file

You are done!

Big thanks fo LoRd_Mulder and DarkZell666 in the Avidemux forum for helping me out!

Your Favourite Online Comics on Your XBOX

Yesterday I found a great add-on for Xbox Media Center that allows you to read your favorite online comics on your XBOX. It’s called Comics and is available through the script installer program.

I added Little Gamers to my comics list. Since the feed from Little Gamers doesn’t contain the images I had to put the following information in the XML-file for the script.

http://www.little-gamers.com/rss.xml
    < ![CDATA[
    Hot swedish love

Thanks a lot to BigBellyBilly (the author of the Comics script) for helping me out on this!

If you haven’t Xbox Media Center on you Xbox read: Geek To Live: Transform Your Classic Xbox into a Killer Media Center.

Video: Mini RC 2006/2007

This new video features stunts performed by Mini RC planes and helicopters.

Mini RC (SilverLit X-Twin) 2006/2007 from Ola Lindberg on Vimeo.

Information

  1. Trädgårdsföreningen, Gothenburg, Sweden 2006
    Starring: Max and Ola
    Time: 0-1:123
  2. Stampen Churchyard, Gothenburg Sweden 2006
    Time: 1:23-1:30
  3. Trädgårns uteservering, Gothenburg, Sweden 2006
    Starring: Max and Ola
    Time: 1:30-3:18
  4. Tollare Folkhögskola, Saltsjö Boo, Sweden 2007
    Starring: Johan and Ola
    Time: 3:18-3:50
  5. Trädgårns uteservering, Gothenburg, Sweden 2006
    Starring: Max
    Time: 3:50-4:26
  6. Tollareängen, Saltsjö Boo, Sweden 2007
    Starring: Adam
    Time: 4:27-4:52
  7. Trädgårdsvägen, Saltsjö Boo, Sweden 2007
    Starring: Simon and Adam
    Time: 4:52-5:37

See this Google Map for all locations pinned down.

Music

  • You Are My Everything – Open Space
  • Garmisch Partenkirchen – Black Paint

Both songs available at gojukebox.net

Starring

  • Max Persson
  • Ola Lindberg (me)
  • Adam Lindberg
  • Simon Larsson
  • Johan Wallin

This video (as well as the audio) is licensed under the Creative Commons 2.5 Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 license.

Enjoy!

Also on Google Video .