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Foxaroo briefly online [Feb. 19th, 2009|11:35 am]
Hi All!

Just @ an internet cafe in the nearest city hub. Not much time.

Arm surgery: "Went exactly as planned" according to the surgeon despite there being more damage from the initial injury than expected. Haven't received the invoices yet.

Flooding in my neck of the woods. The property I'm staying at has only two roads in; both dirt trails with wooden bridges over rivers. One flooded out already, and we're worried about the other.

I've taken some nice video footage of the flooded river to show you all on YouTube. Does anyone know of some freeware that will allow me to stitch .avi files together into one long sequence? Most of the videos I've taken are only 10-60 seconds long and I'd rather not upload them individually to YouTube. Would be much easier for you all to watch in one go anyway.

Best regards, looking forward to getting back to a "normal" existence at the end of the month.


[User Picture]From: makovette
2009-02-19 03:45 am (UTC)
Assuming XP or Vista, use Microsoft's free movie maker software:


And the destructions on how to use it:


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[User Picture]From: makovette
2009-02-19 03:48 am (UTC)
And yays on your shoulder turning out ok. I have a similar issue, only likely not nearly as bad as yours was.

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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-02-27 11:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks Mako. :) Sorry to hear that you're in the same or similar boat.

Thanks for the links!
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2009-02-19 04:59 am (UTC)
So, how do you feel now?
Do you feel any better than you had before, are you feeling a little sore, or what?

As for your videos, if you didn't mind command-line tools, I could suggest FFmpeg, but I don't think that would be appropriate here.

Unfortunately, the only other video tools I've used are only available for Linux and Unix platforms (including Mac OS), so I can't really suggest them.
(if they had been available for Windows, I'd suggest Kino and the OpenMovieEditor. But they're not, so I won't)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-02-27 11:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks Carlfoxmarten, :)

I'm not in any pain, unless I move my arm out of its restricted range. That and the need to keep it in a sling are more of an inconvenience than an ache. Oh well, trials of life I guess...
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[User Picture]From: marmoe
2009-02-19 08:10 am (UTC)
If it's AVI, VirtualDub should do the trick. Get the latest stable version:
Homepage: http://www.virtualdub.org/
Download: http://virtualdub.sourceforge.net/
The software is just expanded into a folder of your choice.

What to do after installation:
  1. Load the first video, with "File/Open Video File ..."
  2. Add the other videos one by one via "File/Append AVI segment ..."
  3. Edit the video using the Edit menu
  4. Select "Video/Direct Stream Copy"
  5. Go to the audio menu and choose appropriately. If you want to keep the original audio, just select "Direct Stream Copy".
  6. "File/Save as AVI ..." to save the file

VirtualDub is intended as a utility to reencode videos, but it has powerful filters for resizing, blurring, sharpening and such. There are plug-ins to e.g. import flv, mpeg.

There is also another video postproduction tool that can act as a video server to VirtualDub, which is called AviSynth. It allows you to import many other video formats and allows to do many nifty tricks via scripting. Right now AviSynth is a bit more than you need, but worth looking into in the long run.
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[User Picture]From: marmoe
2009-02-19 08:12 am (UTC)
Good news that the surgery went well. I wish you a speedy and full recovery.

Floods are no fun. Keeping my fingers crossed, that the second bridge keeps up.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-02-27 11:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks Marmoe, and thanks for the links :)
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[User Picture]From: secoh
2009-02-19 09:40 am (UTC)
glad the surgery went ok!
Stay safe mate!
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-02-27 11:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks Secoh! :)

Did it rain much in Newcastle? I passed the Grahamstown reserviors and they looked pretty full.
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[User Picture]From: alaskawolf
2009-02-19 10:48 am (UTC)
yay on the foxaroo being around :)

stay dry and heal up down there
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-02-27 11:28 pm (UTC)
Heehee! Thanks Alaskawolf! :)

How's the weather up there? Is it getting in the way of the mail? ;)
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