Audio

The ATC2K is infamous for its sound quality–read the Internet comments. Plus, I’m not please with the “noise” I’m getting with my video recordings. I decided to get a digital voice recorder to resolve this problem. In the past I used an Olympus recorder. After reviewing their products, I chose the DS-30. It arrived today. I fashioned a special housing for it.

I am pleased with the result. I’m now fine tuning–ride, review, make adjustments, then repeat the cycle.

Working on movies…

I had hoped to have posted my initial/test movies by now. My first large upload was taking too long–canceled it [I actually cancelled 3 uploads]. I’m now trying optimal compressions for upload. Hopefully later today…

Well, it is later today [11:14 a.m.] and no roses yet. Blogger is not going to take the video I’m trying to upload. Apparently, Google has a 100 MB file size limit when using their web based uploader. [I’ve been trying to upload for over 27 hours.] I’ve found lots of comments on upload problems. I’ve uploaded videos before using this process, and not problems other than the time it takes.

I think I have found a solution. Google has a process for files larger than 100 MB:

If your video is over 100 MB or if you’d like to upload multiple files at once, the Google Video Uploader client software is your best bet. Click here to download and install the program. You must then log in to your Video Status page after uploading to enter your video’s metadata after uploading content with this software. Also, your video won’t be available until after it has been processed.

I downloaded and installed the Google Video Uploader. The uploader first loads itself, then transfers to Google. I’m now in the transfer phase. Following upload, I then need to post the video in my blog following these steps:

To post a video to MySpace, Blogger, LiveJournal, or TypePad, follow these steps:

  1. Visit Google Video and find the video you want.
  2. Click on the “Email – Blog – Post to MySpace” button on the right-hand side of the playback page.
  3. Click on the appropriate service within the “Post to” section.
  4. Log in to your account, select the player size and whether you’d like the video to play automatically and click “Post to my blog.”

[Step 4, above, did not work. I was not able to login to GV to post my vid to my blog.]

I think I’m on my way to completion of this challenge.

While working on and waiting for success on getting the movie to my blog, I created a flash file [FLV] and after downloading and installing the Martijn de Visser Flash Player I can view the movie with the FLV file type. Regrettably, Blogger/Google do not currently support FLV files. The resulting file is significantly smaller [6.14 MB versus 744.2 MB]. Boy, would FLV uploads save some server space and time [to upload]. I e-mailed my thoughts to Google.

In the meantime, the uploader is still transferring my video file to Google Video–just short of 50%–time 12:15 p.m.

Finally, at 1:43 p.m., the transfer is done–uploader indicates success. Now to check Google Video–success there also. Next [after “processing”], I hope to post the video in this blog.

How long does video processing take?

Videos submitted for inclusion in Google Video must be reviewed and pass our technical requirements and policies in order to become live on Google Video.

If you used the web-based uploader to submit your videos, you will receive a link to your live video instantly, but it may take several days for it to be included in the Google Video search results and become available for download.

If you used the uploader software, you can see which step your video is in during this review process on your Video Status page within your account. Your videos will appear under one of the following tabs:

After you’ve entered your metadata, your video will be in the “Processing” stage for up to several hours and then will become “Live.” If your video fails to meet our technical criteria or policies, your video will appear under the “Rejected” or “Failed” tab. If your video has been rejected, please review our policy guidelines. If your video has failed, please review our technical requirements.

This total process is lengthy. Don’t be in a hurry to post a long video in your blog. Again, this is just a test to understand the total process for a complete vid.

Well, well, it’s LIVE! The review did not take too long–about 10 minutes.

For some reason, Google’s “Post to my blog” login seems to be hanging, i.e., it stays at the validating login information. Now, to try a work around.

SUCCESS! I never got to login from Google video. I used a work around–embed the Google video HTML code in a blog post–whatever works.

Patience & tenacity continue to work for me, a computer guy. In the end, I guess 3-4 hrs is not too bad, although I do wish it were minutes. I trust there will be improvements in the future.