Aaarrgghh my eyeballs are stinging. My brother has just introduced me to the world of ffmpeg and writing commands. I had been playing all day with different ways of making a time lapse video from some of my footage. Specifically, I recorded 48 minutes of footage to capture a sunrise over Perth city and I want to convert it into a time lapse. I need a way of extracting images, then a way of turning those images into a time lapse video. I worked out how to do it with VLC (to extract images) and Panolapse (to create a time lapse effect); however, because the footage does not play in VLC smoothly, the extracted images do not create a smooth time lapse effect. I tried Virtual Dub to extract images instead of VLC but it does not accept .mts files. I then started looking at ways to force Virtual Dub to accept .mts files, but it all seemed too complicated for me. I accepted the fact that I might have to extract images manually, one by one. At this point, my brother came over for dinner and he told me about ffmpeg. He installed it for me and I have just spent the last couple of hours trying to find the right script to extract images at the frequency I want. Writing commands is brand new for me. It took a lot of trial and error but I wrote a script that worked the way I want. The processing time is quite long though. Tomorrow I will see how long it takes me to extract images through Photoshop Elements as a comparison. I know I can extract 1 frame for every second of video. This will give me way more frames than I need, so once extracted I will have to delete a proportion of the images (e.g. delete 1 in every 2, or 2 in every 3). My brain is fried right now, so I am leaving further exploration for tomorrow.

Day 355 (pic)

I hate computers

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