Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Twitch Experience: I Gots Me A Webcam

After 2 weeks on Twitch it was time to hook up a Webcam. I'm not sure how I would feel about this so the obvious thing to do was to quickly get my hands on a cheap webcam. $1.00 from Trademe, even though it was only 480p, perfect for what I want to do for now and in 3 days was on my doorstep.

You would think a simple device like this would work perfectly the moment you inserted the USB plug. Well yes, kind of. I got no indication/alert telling me a new hardware device has become available. So now what. Linux Software Manager opened to find a webcam program which resulted in a program called Cheese. Installed, ran it, it didn't acknowledge the presence of the webcam. For the next hour I was singing a different version of "Oh happy days" until I decided to do a reboot. It works, hallelujah! I see me on screen and go, geez who's this ugly bugga.

So I closed down Cheese, set up my Twitching environment, added a source using the webcam option, and it did not find the webcam. Here we go, another chorus of "Oh happy days" starts. So once again, started up Cheese and yes, once again Cheese didn't acknowledge the webcam. Well the obvious conclusion was, if you wish to use the webcam that day, do not close webcam window because if you do, you have to reboot the computer!

Using Cheese was fine, but I wanted to use the webcam without this program, it has issues and every time it crashes it was reboot time, so it was BASH time:-

ls -ltr /dev/video*

Use this to find what port Linux recognises the webcam

mplayer tv:// -tv driver=v4l2:width=640:height=480:device=/dev/video0 -fps 60

This will bring up a window showing, well your face :-)
It is this window I use as the source for OBS

Yes the quality is awful, and I intend on getting a real webcam like a Logitech 920 after watching and talking to Jade from Twitch.

Monday, 11 June 2018

TimeLapse: Wainuiomata Mall Playground, LH, NZ.

Another forgotten folder. I remember this moment. Had a flat tire so I put the Sony on the ground, started the timelapse. I need to work on my "what/where to record" to get that money shot.

TimeLapse: Wainuiomata Summit, LH, NZ

I did this a while back and totally forgot about this folder full of 600jpgs.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

TimeLapse: Wainuiomata Reservoir Waterworks, LH, NZ

I really do cycle up here a lot, at least twice a week.

As per my YouTube description:-
Experimenting with 25, 30, 50 frame rates.

VLC Playback results on my OptiPlex 9010 i5 8GiB desktop
- 25fps: smooth
- 30fps: coping but minute signs of freezing
- 50fps: way too jerky, was not worth keeping.
This is my 1st 4K upload to YouTube.

Camera Sony FDR-X3000: TimeLapse Mode 2sec Intervals

Saturday, 9 June 2018

TimeLapse: Kennedy Good Bridge Lower Hutt NZ

Experimental, wasn't sure how this would turn out with Sony FDR-X3000 mounted on a bridge with heavy vehicle traffic.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Creating 12sec TimeLapse Videos.

I'm going to start making 12sec TimeLapse video's. They are pretty easy to make/create and the results can be stunning if you get the timing right. As demonstrated in this clip, the moving clouds was ideal.

This is a re-upload that was taken down with a lot other videos when I decided to stop blogging. But I've had a change of heart and once again I've found blogging to be fun.

Creative Commons Licence
Basically as shown in the image

So yes you can download this and use it in your own projects, here's the link to get a better quality 12 sec 1080p50fps video instead of using YouTube.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

USO Whanau Ride, Round the Bays, Wellington.

I really enjoy these rides. With winter now here we get to ride in stunning scenery that only Wellington can produce on a good day! 1st time I rode using my motorcycles balaclava, so glad I did.

Whanau means family.

This time the Sony FDR-X3000 is mounted once again on the handle bars. I used the Sony HDR-CX405 to take shots from the car which produced poor results, but I doubt the FDR would fair any better. Action camera's don't do well in low light situations.

Solo Ride Wainuiomata

Now that Kdenlive has been restored, back to video editing. This is a few weeks old but still experimenting holding the Sony FDR-X3000.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Kdenlive: Restoring Default Settings For Linux Mint 18

It is unbelievable how easy it is to totally screw up your Kdenlive windows as you edit/create your video content.

Window views after a new install.

This is what it should look like if you have recently installed Kdenlive. After I accidentally shut down a few windows, Kdenlive became unusable. It kept crashing so I removed the application, rebooted the computer, reinstalled Kdenlive only to find the corrupt settings had returned (which means there must be a hidden config file somewhere on my HDD). Researching Youtube I came across this:-

So this tells me there is a hidden file called kdenliverc that needs to be deleted. Where he found his config file as shown in the video, was in a completed different location to mine.


Instead of deleting the file I renamed it to kdenliverc000 which results in Kdenlive thinking it is a new install and proceeds to create a new kdenliverc.

This did the trick, now I can get back into editing videos..

Kdenlive is not the easiest video editors to use but it is free, and works well on Linux. Without this I would not be able to create any video content I would be prod of.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Linux Mint 18.3 Dual Monitor Problem

Should really add a third monitor, two doesn't cut it anymore.
This has bugged me for a few months now, not being able to use a second monitor that I have been accustomed to for many years is unacceptable. Recently I came across a work-around solution from the Linux Mint forums.

"dpm" support, must be selected at boot (via radeon.dpm=1) and is only supported on R6xx and newer asics.
Which then suggested the following modifications

To test this when the grub menu appears press e (for edit) then replace the nomodeset (if there) with radeon=dpm=1. Press f10 to boot this session with the change.
Of course to make the change stick you must edit, as root, /etc/default/grub and change the
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT= line to include radeon.dpm=1
eg GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="radeon.dpm=1 quiet splash"

Then run sudo update-grub.
Upon doing these changes followed by a reboot it didn't work. The funny thing was I remember a few years ago someone else had this exact same problem, who suggested after the reboot, save the session, log out, then log in.

It worked, both monitors fired up with Linux Mint logo shown on each. Going through the monitor settings each monitor was identified correctly.

Here's the problem:
It's not a permanent solution, if the computer reboots/shutsdown for any reason, you lose the dual monitor display once again, unless you log out, log in again. A minor inconvenience but knowing it's a temporary solution just doesn't sit right with me.

Now from that Forum post it referred to the Radeon website where he found the solution. This suggests to me that this particular Linux Mint distribution didn't compensate for this particular problem on its release for this grapics card. I really don't have a problem with this because with each release there is bound to be bugs/errors. Creating a Linux distribution is huge and involves a lot of time and people, it's just that waiting for the next upgrade can take months.


Post from the Linux Mint Forums

Mentioned Radeon Link

In the mean time, I'm looking at trying a different distribution called MX Linux, there has been some good reviews on YouTube about this. Check out their homepage:

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Fight Plastic Polllution

Too few people care about how much an environmental problem this has now become, or they acknowledge it's a problem but it is too late to do anything about it. I used to be in this latter category.

On social media, I follow a lot of small vloggers who's views on anything/everything has more impact on me than watching the latest big hit coming out of Hollywood/Netfix etc. Amberthest (YouTube) is one of them. Creating videos on close to a $0 budget shows how much passion they put into getting their idea's out, regardless if no-one actually watches it.

I've have always been aware of the problem about plastic bags from big chain supermarkets, living in one of the most windy capital cities on this planet I get to see these plastic bags in all sorts of places. Seeing them wave like the national flag on our tallest trees doesn't faze us, next big gust would get rid of it and blow it out to sea. Big sigh here!

So what can WE do about it ? I know what part I can play on fighting plastic pollution.

1) Avoid buying products/goods that use plastic excessively to contain the item/s.

Vegans/vegetarians I do apologize, this isn't meant to offend but I do like meat, and this is just a typical example of how much (way too much) plastic is used on their meat packages.

2) Take your own bags into the supermarket, don't use those thin plastic bags they provide. In some supermarkets they now actually make you pay a small surcharge if you request to use those bags, this isn't good enough in my opinion. Some supermarkets sell reusable bags (as shown in the image below) and this is the best way to go.

Yeah I know, not too pretty hahaha but it is all about looking after our environment. Then of course you can make your own. Shamelessly cue another Amberthest video:-

3) If you see plastic trash (well any trash really) pick it up and dispose of it. It is not embarrassing. In fact on my regular fitness walks I always carry a bag just for the purpose of removing plastics from the streets. Admittedly  I don't get them all on 1 walk because this problem is huge and can change daily.

Finally to end this post, another small time youtuber voicing their concerns, good for them :-)

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