95% Complete

Photograph of a helicopter

The day following our biggest November blizzard in close to 20 years.

I’m still working in the office as it’s a bit too cold and snowy to venture outside for very long. Lets see, the temperature has come up to 19 degrees since sunrise when the thermometer was reading 7 degrees. It’s enough to frost your frog.

Today’s task is to recompile all the old family movies and I’m presently working on the videos from our 2008 trip to Kauai, Hawaii.  One of the highlights of that trip was our helicopter tour over the island. Today’s photo is the helicopter we used, shortly before we took off.

While the videos are rendering in the background, I’ve taken the opportunity to study up on the different video formats in use these days.

I’ve settled on converting to the standard HD MPEG-4 H.264 High Profile at 15,000 Kbps, 16:9 aspect ratio format, 29.97 frames per second with stereo audio sampled at 48,000 Hz, 16 bits at 192 Kbps.

A lot of technical gobbledygook for the layman, but since I do have a technical background, it all makes sense to me. The end result is that I can play the movies on just about anything and get a very nice, high quality HD video playback. I don’t have any 4k video cameras, so that’s something I’ll look at down the road. In the meantime, the rendering continues.

I continue to play with video editing software too. My skill level is a bit higher than I had assumed at first and I quickly found I needed something with more oomph.  Wanting to keep it as inexpensive as possible, I downloaded the full tilt version of Corel Video Studio 2019, which was on sale for $60.  They just released the 2020 version, but I opted for the sale version. It also contains a few extras such as a fairly nice screen capture utility and some other fluffy stuff. So far, so good. This isn’t the best of the best, but it will do everything my brain can handle at the moment, and then some.

Trudy is on her video kick too. She’s going through all the old DVD and Blue-Ray movies we had purchased over the years. We never watch them, so she’s going to take them over to the swap shop and see how much they’ll give her for the lot. Maybe use the money to buy a few Christmas gifts or something. I’ve already submitted my wish list, which is fairly unexciting.

So that be today’s blog entry. My Kauai video is about done rendering. 95% complete.