Harrison II

This improv show was brought to you by the letters A, V, and I.

Last Wednesday was this year’s second show at Harrison Hall. The audience wasn’t too big, due to their being a sizable number of exams that night or something, but the show went pretty well. I was pleased with the performance.

Plus, we have videos from the show. We perched a camera on a strategically placed shelf to record the action, and I somehow managed to compress the video so that it’s more easily downloadable yet not too bad of quality. All complaints about said videos’ image quality should be directed to me, since I don’t really know the first thing about video encoding and was mainly just cribbing things taken from various places of the mencoder documentation.

I happen to be in all the videos, too. Not really coincidence there; there was only one game in the show that I wasn’t in. Don’t ask me how that happened.

This ought to satisfy my sister’s repeated requests that we videotape ourselves so she can see us. <g>

8 Responses

  1. I haven’t been “requesting” to see some of your improv, I have been hinting to you rater frequently about it. Yea, well I was able to hear it all but I wasn’t able to get the file to play using Winamp, Windows Media Player, or Quicktime. If you could tell me what program we have on our computer that will play that all, that’d be great.

    Later Bro


  2. Winamp? Why would you be trying to play a video in a music player?

    The videos use the MPEG4 codec, so you’ll need to have that codec installed. Don’t ask me why WiMP doesn’t have it. I don’t know offhand where you could go to download it.

  3. Alright…Well I didn’t know that I’d have to be downloading something just so I’d be able to watch your improv. Hopefully it’s worth it


  4. Can you download codecs off of windowsupdate.microsoft.com? At the very least you may be able to get an updated copy of WiMP that knows how to handle MPEG4. Though it’s still strange that it doesn’t handle them out-of-the-box. All the Linux media players I tried can play them.

  5. Windows users should try http://www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/video_encoders/divx_5_for_windows.cfm

    it works for me

  6. Hey Jeff!

    Yep, that looks like that should do it. Amy, try installing that and see if you can play the videos now.

  7. Thank you Jeff. I did install it.

    Yea, Paul, the video doesn’t match up with the sound. The video is really slow but you can see it. The sound stops before the video does. If you could explain how THAT happens, I’d love to hear it.

  8. My current hypothesis is that mencoder is quite happy to create videos that only mplayer can play properly. I don’t have time right now to mess with it again and try to encode videos that are easier to play.

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