Archive for March, 2012

Handbrake animation settings

March 19th, 2012, 12:14pm by Mike

Kelvin tweeted the other day about using Handbrake, and it just so happens that we’re going on a trip this week with the iPad, so I sat down to rip some Curious George onto the iPad. I tried a bunch of settings — in case it happens to help anyone else, here are the settings I settled on, and how to set them up yourself (using Handbrake 0.96 for Mac).

First, if the DVD is protected, download VLC. The first time you scan the source of a protected DVD in Handbrake, you’ll be prompted to download some other library for VLC — just do it.

OK, back to Handbrake:

  • Start by clicking on the iPad preset.
  • In the output settings field, check the “Large file size” box.
  • On the “Video” tab, make sure you have H264, Framerate “same as source.”
  • On the “Audio” tab, set to “AAC (CoreAudio)” codec, 128-bits (won’t work on iPad higher than 160, but you don’t need even that)
  • In “Picture Settings” at the top, set the size to whatever. I just left as the default, which is 720×480 for this DVD.
  • Click the “Filters” tab in “Picture settings.” Set both detelecline and decomb to “Default,” leave the rest off.

Result:
A 15-minute Curious George episode comes out at ~139 MB, and works great — no blocks, skips, or dropped frames on the iPad.

March Madness 2012!

March 17th, 2012, 6:53pm by Jake

So after 34 games, I’m tied for 7th place. This is my year! Derrick is holding down 330th out of 366, while Mike is 179th & his dad is in 154th.  I have a couple other entries, too.

That’s a wrap!

March 12th, 2012, 3:00am by Jake


Sometimes, a photo is just about who’s in it, originally uploaded by jakerome.

Hey guys, I’ll have more to say about this later. For now, I’ll say that you guys rock. I had a blast, and I think y’all did to. It was fun to just hang out for a few days… sometimes you forget why you became friends with the people you became friends with. Every once in a while it’s good to remind ourselves.

So this isn’t the photo I imagined, I should’ve grabbed a chair and tried smiling, maybe prepared Lucas a little better and tricked Kelvin into opening his eyes (he’s almost as bad as I am). But it still might be my favorite pic from the weekend, getting together with the whole crew. And the other 378’s were there in spirit too!

Thanks again guys. You can check all the pics in the Big Sur set on Flickr. Still waiting for Kelvin’s shots.

Santa Cruz

March 11th, 2012, 11:57pm by Jake


Santa Cruz, originally uploaded by jakerome.

This captures the feel pretty well of the drive back. My Flickr friends don’t appreciate the postcard perfectness of this day… even for California this was a particularly photogenic afternoon.

Home sweet home!

March 10th, 2012, 2:58am by Jake


Inside the yurt, originally uploaded by jakerome.

At least for a day. Just don’t play Ping Pong after 10!

Out on a limb

March 9th, 2012, 1:33am by Jake


Out on a limb, originally uploaded by jakerome.

Another photo from our arduous hike. Captures the mood perfectly.

More Nature

March 8th, 2012, 2:46am by Jake


Big Trees, originally uploaded by jakerome.

Looking straight up at the trees. This was the dark shot, cleaned it up a bunch in post. Did anyone ever figure out what kind of trees there are?

Big Sur Sky

March 5th, 2012, 4:54pm by Jake


Big Sur Sky, originally uploaded by jakerome.

Just starting to work through the 500 photos I snapped this weekend. I might be most proud of this one– combination of luck, skill & dedication to craft.


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