Archiving MiniDV videos to MP4/M4V

On April 18th, 2014 by OZ | No Comments | Posted in Encoding, Media

I forgot how to, and it took me some time to remember. I decided to itemize my steps in a blog post.

What you need before you start:

  1. Ensure that you got a video camera that can playback MiniDV tapes.
  2. A Firewire (IEEE 1394) interface in your PC or laptop.
  3. A Firewire cable that connects your video camera with your PC or laptop.

Steps:

  1. Capture your videos using Windows Movie Maker or WinDV. This will create raw AVI files on your hard drive.
  2. If you ended up with multiple AVI files you wish to concatenate, use VirtualDub. Append your videos using the Append option in the File menu. Ensure that under the Audio and Video menu options, you select the Direct Stream Copy option.
  3. Encode your AVI video using HandBrake. Default options are fine (H.264 for video, AAC for Audio). Just ensure that the Deinterlace option is ON under Filters; Slow is fine.

Final thoughts:

I recommend you keep a backup of both the raw AVI files and the MP4/M4V file you have created. You can even upload them to YouTube (as private for instance) and share it to the ones you care.

Happy archiving!

HandBrake

HandBrake

 

Spotify Gapless playback does not work [workaround]

On March 22nd, 2014 by OZ | No Comments | Posted in Media

Yes, I was frustrated about this issue, as my [Mix-Cut] albums where not flowing correctly.

This is how you work around the issue:

  1. Desktop app: Menu / Edit / Options
  2. Uncheck Gapless playback option
  3. Check it again
  4. Done

Seems that by default, gapless does not work, even though it is enabled.

Gapless Option

Gapless Option

Interaction with @SpotifyCare twitter handle:

Sold! 2009 Subaru Legacy Special Edition, with Warranty

On June 10th, 2013 by OZ | No Comments | Posted in Cars



 
This car was sold in record 2 days!
Thank you for your interest.

2009 Subaru Legacy Special Edition AWD

I have been working from home for the past year and have realized that I no longer have the use for a second car. So I have decided to sell my 2009 Subaru Legacy Special Edition
 
LOW 39K MILES
 
ONE OWNER
 
FLORIDA CAR
 
NO ACCIDENTS
 
ALL WHEEL DRIVE (AWD)
 
DEALER MAINTAINED
 
UNDER WARRANTY UNTIL JULY 2016
 
SUNROOF
 
HARMAN KARDON STEREO SYSTEM
9 SPEAKERS/FACTORY SUBWOOFER
 
$13,998
PRICED TO SELL!
 

 
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Specifications
Make: Subaru Model: Legacy Special Edition Year: 2009
VIN: 4S3BL616997232851 Mileage: Low 39K Title Status: Clear
Engine: 2.5 Liters Body Style: 4 Dr Sedan Transmission: Automatic
Warranty: Subaru Gold Plus 84 months/70K Miles Interior Color: Black Exterior Color: Obsidian Black Metallic
 
Description
The exterior is finished in a beautiful Obsidian Black Metallic paint that has a deep sparkling shine. This car has always been in sunny Florida and has never seen any snow.
The black interior is very clean with no rips or tears on the cloth seats. All the power equipment is in working order.
Mechanically this car is in excellent condition!! It has been dealer maintained according to Manufacturers specifications and is still under Subaru’s extended warranty until July 2016 or 70K miles whichever comes first. I recently had a set of 4 new tires installed.
I have tried my best to accurately describe my Subaru by taking elaborate photos. However, it is very important to keep in mind that this vehicle is pre-owned, not brand new. Like any other used vehicle this car has some normal wear and blemishes such has scratches or bug damages that are not visible in photos.
This car will come with its original owner’s manual, 2 keyless entry keys and 1 valet key.
If you have any questions please call me at (954) 667-9659
You are welcome to inspect the car prior to placing a bid or buying the car.
Please note that the mileage might be slightly higher as I still drive the car to run errands.
 
Options
Power Steering Power Door Locks Power Windows Power Passenger Seat
Tachometer Cruise Control Air Conditioning Vanity Mirrors
Tire Pressure Monitor Sun Roof Child Safety Locks Traction Control System
Auto Down Window Dual Front Air Bags Dual Side Air Bags Dual Curtain Air Bags
Anti-Theft Device(s) Automatic Passenger Airbag Deactivation Passenger Seat Height Adjust Electronic Mirrors
Adjustable Head Rests Bucket Seats Trip Computer Head Restraints
3 Point Seatbelts Daytime Running Lights Remote Trunk Release Door Pocket(s)
Adjustable Lumbar Seat Power Driver’s Seat Center Console Rear Center Armrest
Body-Color Bumpers Color Coded Mirrors Power Sun Roof Rear Window Defroster
Reading Light(s) Outside Temperature Gauge 3 Point Rear Seatbelts Intermittent Wipers
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Auto Headlight On/Off Beverage Holder(s) Emergency Trunk Release
Harman Kardon Stereo System (factory option) 9 speakers Factory Subwoofer Spare Tire
 
Terms Of Sale

Questions: Please feel free to contact me directly at any time with any questions you may have.

Bidding: Your bid constitutes a legally binding contract to purchase this vehicle. Please do not bid if you’re not seriously interested or financially able to purchase this vehicle. Please read eBay’s “User Agreement”.

Bidder’s Age: You must be 18 years of age or older to bid.

Buyer’s Inspection: I have done my best to disclose all information known about this vehicle for auction. I welcome a Buyer’s Inspection. If you plan to have a Buyer’s Inspection, please make sure you have the vehicle inspected prior to the end of the auction. Inspection fees, if any, are the “Buyer’s” sole responsibility.

Warranty: This car comes with a fully transferrable Subaru Gold Plus Extended warranty. $0 deductible, 84 months/70K miles.

Payments: A deposit of 500.00 to PayPal is required within 48 hours of auction ending. The balance must be paid in full within 7 days in the form of cash in person, cashiers check or bank certified check.

Shipping and Delivery: All shipping charges are the “Buyer’s” responsibility.

 


Flashback Alternatives Spotify Playlists

On May 9th, 2013 by OZ | No Comments | Posted in Media, Miscellaneous

Not the common playlists you might usually find. I have compiled 2 main playlists with some Synthpop, New Wave and Alternatives of the 80s and 90s.

80s Flashback Alternatives:

90s Flashback Alternatives:

HTC One S Battery Drains quickly after Jelly Bean upgrade [workaround]

On May 7th, 2013 by OZ | 4 Comments | Posted in SmartPhones, Technology

I was very happy to see that the Jelly Bean upgrade was available for the T-Mobile branded HTC One S smartphone. I promptly downloaded and installed. Little did I know I would be having battery drainage issues.

A few days later, when I lost very important calls due to the lack of battery, I decided to ask for a replacement phone. This was after I read mixed reviews which made me think that I somehow had a faulty device (I read somewhere else that the upgrade should be performed with a battery almost fully charged to avoid a “memory effect” from the new OS – haven’t proved that it’s true though).

I opened a support ticket, and fortunately some folks have found certain work-arounds to reduce the battery usage. The same ticket was featured on the TMONews blog.

There is no official fix, however this is how I managed to reduce the power utilization (thanks to several folks that contributed):

  1. Completely Disable Wi-Fi calling.
  2. Disable Google Now, updates and cards.
  3. Disable Google now location report.
  4. Reboot your phone.

You can optionally tailor the background sync of your applications to reduce battery usage. For example, I allow automatic sync for Gmail, contacts, calendar and tasks. The rest is disabled.

It’s disappointing that Wi-Fi calling needs to be disabled as it was working flawlessly on this version; allowing me to go around the house and not losing a call.

HTC One S Battery Usage after the work-around

HTC One S Battery Usage after the work-around

Someone else has suggested a workaround that avoids turning off Wi-Fi calling. I have not confirmed a power saving effect yet though:

  1. Disconnect your phone from Wi-Fi (mobile network only).
  2. Go to Settings > More (under Wireless & Networks header) > Usage…
  3. Make sure “limit mobile data usage” is checked (set the data limit to whatever you’d like), and “show wi-fi usage,” as well.
  4. You will find IPService and IMS Service in the list of apps/processes using Wifi data.
  5. Open each process and enable “restrict background data” on both of them.
  6. Since Wi-Fi calling is by definition is on Wi-Fi, these processes don’t need background (mobile) data. The user hasn’t had any problems making calls or checking voicemail with Wi-Fi calling so far.

I expect T-Mobile/HTC addressing these issues and work on a patch to reduce power consumption. Funny this update was being beta tested since December of 2012.

Update: Seems that T-Mobile has acknowledged the problem, and is working towards obtaining a resolution:

 

Battery Usage right after the upgrade:

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