Tag Archives: Video

The Half Steps @ The Veranda – That’s Amore

Last week, Heidi and I went to The Veranda Lounge at the Pioneer Place Theatre in St. Cloud. The Half Steps were singing. I pulled out the digital camera and recorded them singing “That’s Amore” (think: Dean Martin).


HowTo: Edit .MOV QuickTime Files

Well, I did a little research, and probably the best bet (sadly) is Quicktime Pro. So I put out the 30 bucks and got it. Was able to crop my video, and compress it (from 250 MB to 9 MB!!)

Quick how to crop a mov in Quicktime pro

1) open Quicktime and the movie
2) Window->show Movie Properties
3) highlight the “Video Track”
4) click on Visual Settings tab
5) make black square with white border gif in paint (white will be deleted when masked)
6) “choose” button, find gif and load to that square, extract and your movie should be cropped
7) extract audio and video tracks

Quick how to compress a video in Quicktime pro

1) File->Extract
2) choose a compression
3) export

It seems to be Apple just doesn’t make it very intuitive to use Quicktime Pro, I just hate the interface. Oh well, it worked.

Video Editing Software – MOV Cropping and Compression

My digital camera takes some sweet video. It comes back in .MOV QuickTime format. Thing is, a 3 minute video is like 300 MB.

What I want is the ability to compress the video so I can upload to YouTube. Another cool thing would be a feature to “crop” the video. There is a lot of dead space around the edges of the video, kind of like a picture. I would like to crop it (then it would zoom in on the actual content).

I look online and they are all crappy/don’t work, or have some catch where you need to install a bundle to install it, etc.

I would even pay 50$ or so for something that actually worked.

Does anyone know of any good video editing software that handles QuickTime and isn’t a piece of crap?

Digital Camera, First Video, WordPress, YouTube Video Embedding

Well, I bought a good digital camera yesterday. A Panasonic Lumix, 7.1 megapixel. Has the lithium ion battery, etc. I picked up a 2.0 GB SD card as well. Time to get my pictures on! I really wanted it so I could take tons of pictures going out to Oregon plus once I am out there.

Well, yesterday sitting waiting to go out to eat with my Dad, I started playing guitar. We tried out the video portion of the new camera. Takes pretty decent video, only thing the format is Quicktime .MOV – man. Now I might have to get Quicktime Pro or some other converter so I can edit these movies, they come out HUGE, like 100 MB, and YouTube has a 100 MB limit!!

Anyways, here is the video:

Man what a debacle to embed video in wordpress, had to install a plugin!

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Joost is cool

I got an invitation to Joost. https://www.joost.com/

What Joost is: TV but over the Internet. The interface is cool, they seem to have a lot of programming, and not just independent stuff. Looks like I just found another way to get entertainment. (XBOX 360, Amazon, Netflix, Other online video, and now Joost)

I am watching Spiderman cartoon right now in the corner of my screen, and it is pretty good quality. There are AD’s it looks like they pop up in the background, etc. Doesn’t seem to intrusive, yet. We will see :)


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