Re: Calling All Computer Geeks

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Posted by Bruce on November 02, 1999 at 11:17:04:

In Reply to: Calling All Computer Geeks posted by Jon on November 02, 1999 at 07:20:44:

: I mean, there is a program called "Snappy" that can grab video images and turn them into JPG files. Why can't there be something that does the same thing but with sound and movement? I have to think there is. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? If so, how about sharing?

Adobe Premier, Adobe After Effects and Macromedia Director all allow you to import audio and video clips and export movies at various sizes and resolutions; and increasingly, programs (like Photoshop 5.5) will take your images and optimize them for web downloads. These programs require relatively cheap add-on video and sound capture cards installed in the computer in order to grab the stuff (inexpensive boards you can add yourself to the computer's expansion slots.) Macintosh's new G3 and G4 series computers, however, are coming equipped with Firewire technology (fast built-in transport for big media file grabs) and software for editing and export; other PCs will doubtless follow suit.

The problem with doing complete films and trying to get people to pay for the downloads, though, is an issue of bandwidth. With the size of currently available pipes, it takes forever to download even the crummiest little lo-res movie trailers. Streaming the video onto your hard disk (the current alternative) produces unsatisfactory display rates and resolution problems, depending on the user's hardware configuration.

This situation will change with the advent of broadband fibre optic transmission, but that's still a little way down the road (look for next generation internet game consoles like Playstation II to force the issue.) Hope this helps.

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