Sunday Mar 08, 2009

AV codecs for Solaris

One of the big complaints about using OpenSolaris and Solaris is multi media support. The lack of codecs to allow you to play "common" if not "open" formats is irritatings.

I've been using the Fluendo mp3 codecs for a while as they have a compelling price point, being free. Fluendo also have a bundle of other codecs that they supply for OpenSolaris containing codecs for a number of other popular formats. I decided the €28 was would be worth it and have now installed the codecs on my home server. I now have gstreamer support for:

: pearson FSS 1 $; gst-inspect | grep -i flue
fluasf:  flurtspwms: Fluendo WMS RTSP Extension
fluasf:  fluasfcmdparse: Fluendo ASF Command Parser
fluasf:  fluasfdemux: Fluendo ASF Demuxer
fluwmvdec:  fluwmvdec: Fluendo WMV Decoder
fluaacdec:  fluaacdec: Fluendo AAC Decoder
flumms:  flummssrc: Fluendo MMS source
fludivx3dec:  fludivx3dec: Fluendo DivX 3.11 Decoder
flulpcm:  flulpcmdec: Fluendo LPCM decoder
fluwma:  fluwmsdec: Fluendo WMS Decoder
fluwma:  fluwmadec: Fluendo WMA Decoder (STD + PRO + LSL + WMS)
fluh264dec:  fluh264dec: Fluendo H264 Decoder
flumpeg4vdec:  flumpeg4vdec: Fluendo MPEG-4 ASP Video Decoder
flumpeg2vdec:  flumpeg2vdec: Fluendo MPEG-2 Video Decoder
flump3dec:  flump3dec: Fluendo MP3 Decoder (C build)
: pearson FSS 2 $; 

Alas on the Sun Rays the video performance is still less than great but on the console it is faultless and I am seeing the Totem is not quite as useless as I had previously thought.

It would be really cool if you could get OpenSolaris codecs via IPS repository.

The next thing I want is to be able to edit video.

Wednesday Aug 22, 2007

Cool video

Cycling in London is this much fun.

Tuesday Mar 27, 2007

Handlebar mounted video camera

I bought an Oregan Scientific 2K Helmet Camera for use on my bike. I was sold on it by the demonstration on The Gadget Show where they threw one out of the window into a pond while it was recording and it survived and recorded it all.

To start with I have mounted it on my handlebars for two reasons:

  • I don't usually wear a helmet.

  • It would be impossible to control the camera while on my head.

The second reason is the real reason my journey is only less than an hour when I come home, am fit, have a tail wind and the traffic is good. So most of the time I would need more than 1 hour of "film" but the camera with a 2GB SD card will only record 1 hour 2 minutes at the highest quality. So I either have to reduce the quality, something I will investigate, or stop the camera on the most boring bits. Since the whole journey is pretty boring and I aim to keep it this way as any excitement probably involves me being in collision with a motor vehicle.

Here is quick clip:

If you can't resist the temptation to watch, then turn the volume down as the audio is rubbish.

This is the decent from the roundabout on the Ridgeway and the Red Road in Camberley. This is fastest part of my journey so potentially the most difficult for a helmet cam on handlebars. However I am still disappointed about the quality due to the vibration. The only solution I can see is to mount it on my head. The content is terminally dull.

The other thing is the number of cars that overtake, one crossing the white line to do so. Since I topped out at only 33mph and would have hit that speed just as the car that crosses the white line passes. Since this is something that happens every day it did not really bother me at the time.

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Tuesday Jan 16, 2007

Amazing cycling video

Simply amazing

Check out this cycling video.

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