morgandawn: (Vid Free! As Free As The Wind Blows...)
 I am working with a third party to convert VHS tapes onto DVD. At home, I only use the copyguard removal tool when the video won't  transfer  (note: most of the tapes are not protected, just really crappy quality). The reason is that when the tool is turned on, it caused horizontal "tearing" or wavy lines (think really bad Twilight Zone effect) on all clips.  So I use it only sparingly when I have no other choice

The third party is using a Time Based Corrector which also serves as  copyguard remover (if needed). We're getting the same problem - even if a tape has no copyguard on it, if the tool is turned on, it causes wavy lines. There is no way for him to capture without it (his setup is fixed).  

I'd love another set of eyes on the results to decide whether to proceed. And of course any suggestions.


  

edited: based on feedback, I tried adding a different TBC/clarifier (Panasonic DMR-ES10), inserting it before the Canopus capture card. This stabilized the image but introduced  a red/purple color shift across the clips. Again, this is not copy-protected tape - just really bad source.

What this tells me is this

1.An automated approach may not be feasible - we either live with jagged lines through all the vids or red/purple color shift through all the vids. Or we stick with the labor intensive method - run the video until it stops, mark the location, proceed and then return to decrypt the "bad vid" at the end.

2. I need to try different TBC/copy guard removers before confirming #1. There are two more - one is the Sima (on loan) and the other is the 
ATV-8710 that I will have to buy.  This second one does not have as good track record removing the wavy lines as the Panasonic DMR-ES10. One online reviews say that it handles wavy lines very much like the TBC that the third party uses (DataVideo)

3. If #1 turns out to be correct, I may not be able to use a third party because all they can do is push a record button and cannot make adjustments.



Links: all copyguard removal tools degrade the picture. So using them for all source may be counter-productive.

Digital copyguard removal tool recs

stand alone DVD recorders may be better for bad quality video

but if you need to get an external TBC the ATV-8710 might work

morgandawn: (Cat Sleepy)
 If you are designing an Excel database with creator names how do you handle entries where the creator is listed as "possibly Morgan Dawn"? 

I can think of several ways...

Creator:  Unknown-Morgan Dawn might be best.  That way if you sort, all the Unknown-Morgan Dawn works will still be listed together.  They won't be listed next to the confirmed Morgan Dawn works, but still searchable. If and when the ID is confirmed it could then be moved to "Morgan Dawn" or even updated to "Mary Sue Lamb". It could also handle multiple guesses: "Unknown-Morgan Dawn-Mary Sue Lamb

The idea is to leave "Unknown" for those were we have no clue, and keep the ones where we are guessing in another grouping.

The other way is to have a second column that would add a Y/N in  "Presumed Creator" but I don't like separating data. Plus one more cell to fill in is a pain.


morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
The Media Fandom Oral History Project is in its 5th year. This  summer we were graced with a wonderful intern, Megan Genovese who was able to dedicate full time to the project. . Megan is returning to school and we would like to find 2-3 more interviewers to help interview those fans who were not able to schedule a slot with Megan over the summer. The interviews would be conducted over the phone using a dial in conference call system.

The commitment is modest - we're looking for someone to do 2 interviews a month over the phone. You would be responsible for contacting the fans, collecting the permission forms  and  scheduling a time to be interviewed. The interviews are 1-2 hrs long.

If interested, please email me at morgandawn @ gmail.com

Read more about the project here:  http://fanlore.org/wiki/Media_Fandom_Oral_History_Project

Please feel free to forward this info to anyone who is interested or link to this post.

We're also looking for fans willing to transcribe the summer interviews.


morgandawn: (Cat How... Interesting!)
 I need help calculating upload speed times.

Our home connection uploads at 5 Mbs (bits).  In the fall a friend will have access to a 1 Gbs (bits) upload speed.

If I have around 1 TB(ytes) worth of data to upload, the math looks like this


1. Upload from MD's home = approximately 20 days (rounded up)
2. Upload from friend's location = 2-2 hrs

Now here's where it gets tricky. Some online backup servers cap the data flowing into their servers. Ex Sync.com caps it at
5 MB(ytes) or 40 M(bits)

In which case my math looks like this

1. Upload from MD's home = approximately 20 days (rounded up)
2. Upload from friend's location = 55-60 hrs (2+ days)

Did I get this correct?

I used this calculator
https://www.broadbandsolutions.com.au/business-centre/viewpoint/understanding-connection-speeds-megabytes-megabits

 

morgandawn: (Star Trek My Fandom Invented Slash)
 Syn Ferguson passed away on Dec 9, 2016. I reached out to her quilting group and they confirmed it (they did not provide any further details). She was 74 years old.
 
I had hoped to interview her for the oral history project this summer. 
 
I've updated her Fanlore page and have added a Memorial section. Please feel free to share this news and encourage fans to add their memories to Fanlore.
 
 
morgandawn: (Default)

Your call of the day: Tell your Senator to slow down and get it right. Work on health care in public where the voters can weigh in.

The Senate has fast-tracked the health insurance repeal which is being written behind closed doors.

Special focus on Senators from Arizona and Nevada: https://www.dailykos.com/…/-McConnell-starts-fast-track-pro…


The bill is not drafted or finished, no bipartisan input (or any input from any patients or doctors). No idea how much it will cost America, how many millions will be left uninsured or whether people with pre-existing conditions will be covered. Call.

".....no decisions have been made on some key policy questions, including on handling Medicaid. Still, it’s almost impossible for the public to assess what precisely Republicans are working on — the GOP is writing the bill behind closed doors and with no committee hearings."

To call your Senator: http://whoismyrepresentative.com/





morgandawn: (Default)
 This may be a book or a short story. It dates back to the 1970s. It is an alternate universe where West Europe was colonized by the East and a young girl starts a non-violent protest moment for civil  rights. Like the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo she stands in silent protest - but on one one leg (like a crane). Possibly "The White Crane"?

edited: The answer is "White Lotus" by John Hersey
morgandawn: (Default)
From Dreamwidth's recent post:

".... I'd like to take a moment and ask: if you're able to (and only if you're able!), please consider donating to the Russian LGBT Network/Российская ЛГБТ-сеть. They not only do excellent work across the Russian Federation, but are currently mobilizing to help evacuate LGBT people in Chechnya who are in danger of detention or death. (EDIT: If you're outside Russia, you can donate through All Out; the Russian LGBT Network website won't accept donations from outside Russia.)

To our friends in Russia who are LGBT and those who are against the mistreatment of anyone because of their sexual orientation: We stand with you. Please stay safe above all else, but if it would be safe for you to post that link, the LGBT Network is asking that as many people as possible publicly share the information that the LGBT Network is ready to help. (They also ask that you do not contact people in Chechnya directly to let them know, as there are reports the authorities are searching people's phones and computers for evidence of sexual orientation.)"

morgandawn: (Default)
 The only way we may be able to get through the next 4 years is by trying to be as kind as we can.  I have seen the Monday Pride thread    and I think it is something people should start doing each week.

So here goes

1. In December, my mother's neighbor displayed her personal menorah in the senior apartment complex lobby and it was stolen. My mother tried to buy the neighbor a replacement online, but the company failed to mail it, She finally got the credit card to reverse the charge, went to a local synagogue gift shop this week, bought  a new one and gave it to her neighbor. They hugged and cried a little.

2. One of the neighbors in my new Indivisible group posted this "Welcome Neighbor" sign on her lawn. Another neighbor whom she had never met brought her pastries from an Arabic bakery and thanked her. She brought them to the weekly Indivisible meeting today. You can find an Indivisible Group in your area here: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/local-action-groups/   Consider joining  one - it may make a difference to your sanity.

3. Today on NextDoor (a nationwide local mailing list) a woman posted that she was injured, had lost her job and needed to get health insurance but she could not afford the $2000 a month they would charge for COBRA. She thought she could not qualify for the ACA because her employer insurance did not run out  until after tonight's deadline. I emailed her right away, got her to call the ACA hotline and she was able to sign up in time. 
morgandawn: (Fair Use)
 The earliest date I have for AMV.org is Dec 4, 2000. Does anyone know if it was online earlier?

Also, when did AMVs start appearing online (either streaming or downlaod) and where? Examples wopuld be great

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