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Idea: Experimenting with movie hashing/fingerprinting

MEDIA FINGERPRINTING Neal Krawetz wrote an interesting article on image fingerprinting, or how to search for images that are similar. He proposes an algorithm to do image fingerprinting and reproduce the functionality of TinEye, a service that allows to give… Continue Reading →

Focal length for the common man: “portrait distance”

I remember that before I started photography on a serious level, I had some understanding of shutter speed, but none of aperture and focal length. Even when I read what they meant, I still couldn’t ‘picture’ it, had no feeling for… Continue Reading →

My quest for “Let’s get lost” – Chet Baker by Bruce Weber

Let’s Get Lost (1988) is a American documentary film about the turbulent life and career of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker written and directed by Bruce Weber. I saw Let’s Get Lost in Leuven, I guess around 1990. Chet Baker has… Continue Reading →

Apple trailers: when 720p isn’t always 720p

One of the best places to look for high-quality movie trailers is Apple Trailers. They have lots of bandwidth and a large selection (altough they don’t have e.g. the new Indiana Jones 4 trailers, which are exclusively on Yahoo HD… Continue Reading →

Screenshots of a DVD with ‘ffmpeg’

I’ve been playing around a lot with video conversion lately and one of the tools I use often is the Swiss armyknife for video manipulation ‘ffmpeg‘. It does format conversion (MPEG1/2/4, Quicktime, AVI …) , rescaling, recompressing, frame rate conversion… Continue Reading →

Buying an HD-Ready TV

I get the question a lot, so I thought I might write a post about it as a ready-made answer to the next few. “I’m gonna buy a new (LCD) TV, should I go for HD Ready or for Full HD?”… Continue Reading →

What is HD-JPEG?

While reading the specs of the PackardBell Store & Play, I fall upon “Foto formaten: JPEG, HD JPEG” As I am working with several aspects of HD (High Definition) video all the time, I am of course intrigued. There is… Continue Reading →

id3.exe – ideal tool for tagging and renaming MP3 files

I want to mention a little tool that helped me out twice in the last week, and that I find very little info about online. It’s a Windows command-line MP3 file tagger and renamer called id3.exe. Since I forgot where I… Continue Reading →

One continuous line movie

This is the video to “In Context” by Field Music. It’s just a hand drawing a really long line on a white background, but it’s worth watching until the end. (via infosthetics.com)

New beta YouTube layout

This is what a YouTube clip page looks like now: And this is what YouTube is developing as a new ‘beta’ version: they got rid of the large banner (” Use Quicklists!”) which was basically a waste of space. all… Continue Reading →

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