Archive for April, 2008

Thanks for All the Fish

Friday, April 25th, 2008

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This is long overdue, so I better get it going. ;)

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who sent me books from my amazon whishlist. :)

I’ve enjoyed sharpening my vision and “management” foo while reading “Dreaming in Code”. It’s really an interesting and also useful book, because it reminds my about the reasons why I pursue the Open Movie Editor project the way I do. In a freewheeling, yet effective style and workflow.

As you can see by the redesign of the Open Movie Editor Homepage, I’ve put the copy of “The Principles of Beautiful Web Design”, to good use. Of course I recognize that beauty is surely a matter of personal preference, and I for one prefer a slightly “quirky” look, with smooth and not to flashy colors, and a little rounded border and drop shadow here and there.

Other than that I am currently working through “Why Programs Fail, A Guide to Systematic Debugging”, which has already sparked some fancy ideas, here.

So thanks, everyone, I hope I did not leave anyone out. :D

Cheers,
and have fun,
-Richard

PS.: I’m not going to depart Planet Earth to make way for a hyperspatial express route.
PPS.: Thanks again for “The Business of Software” too, ;)

You want an OGD1

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

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no, seriously, you want one. ;)

Sure, its a little pricey at $1500, but its the development platform for a truly free Video Board, and if you are into FPGA programming you definitely want one. FPGAs can offer quite drastic performance improvements, especially for image processing and video stuff. And considering that the OGD1 is not only one such a beast but also has two DVI connectors, it is surely a great platform for any kind of Video-Editing Acceleration Hardware.

And if all of that cannot convince you, just take a look at that marvelous layout:

OGD1

Have fun!

Available from Traversal Technology. More information about the Pre-Orders here.

More information about the Open Graphics Project.

Spread the word, :)
Cheers
-Richard

PS.: Unless you are able to program VHDL or you can hire an Engineer to do it for you, you probably don’t want one of those. ;)

New Selection of Title Templates

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

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Hi,

I’ve just added four new fancy Title Templates from Marquitux to the Open Movie Editor Title Page.

Check out the other cool things that Marquitux is doing on GVFX.

Cheers, and have fun,
-Richard

PS.: Here a little preview of the new Designs:

New Mailinglists for Open Movie Editor: Users, Packagers and Developers

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

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Hi,

I’ve created three new Open Movie Editor Mailinglists, because I feel that the “One List to rule them all” approach is not sufficient any more. ;-)

There is the USER Mailinglist:

This List is for Support issues, if you have trouble installing Open Movie Editor, if you are unsure about how some feature might work, and everything else to using and installing the software.

For issues such as Support there are also the Forums, which are quite popular too, so depending on what you prefer, you might want to give them a try: Open Movie Editor Web Forums

There is the PACKAGERS Mailinglist:

This Mailinglist is very important, and I hope it will be used vividly. If you are maintaining an Open Movie Editor Packages for your distribution, be it Debian, Ubuntu, OpenSuSE, Mandriva, Fedora, etc. Pleeeeeeaaase subscribe to this list. It will help you to deliver the best and highest quality Open Movie Editor releases to your users.

You will be notified of upcoming releases, of changing dependencies, and you will get hints for tricking out Open Movie Editor and its dependencies for best possible performance and compatibility. And any problems or bug reports that you have will get a high priority treatment.

PS.: If you subscribe and you are a Member of a specific Distribution, be sure to send a quick Mail to the List to introduce yourself and mention the Distribution you are working on. :-)

There is the DEVELOPERS Mailinglist:

This List is for anything programming related, you can ask questions about how stuff in the Open Movie Editor internals work, you can send patches, discuss Ideas and everything else related to the improvement and further development of Open Movie Editor.

So, thats all for now. By the way, if you are only interested in information about new releases of the Open Movie Editor, you may want to subscribe to Open Movie Editor on Freshmeat.

And if you are also interested in new releases of Video Filters/Plugins for Open Movie Editor, subscribe to the frei0r Project.

Cheers and have fun,
-Richard