May 30th, 2003

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Transcoding progress...

I've got about 8 hours of "24" transcoded to DiVx 4. It's been fairly smooth... occasionally tyStudio hiccups trying to close a group of frames, which means I have to move an edit point and start the extraction over again. mencoder does the DiVx translation very smoothly. I'm not even bothering with the Cocoa GUI for it, I just tossed the working command line into a shell script. Both processes are the CPU hogs I thought they'd be. The DiVx encoding eats 40% of CPU. Forget running two at once, they fight for disk. Single encodes might be significantly faster if I wrote the output to something other than the source disk, dunno if it'll need to be on the other IDE bus, but it's something to try on the next episode. The output's right about 300 MB. The symmetry here is beautiful--at 300 MB an hour, two hour-long DiVx episodes fit a single CD, while at 2 GB an hour, the same two episodes as MPEG-2 fit a single DVD.
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mencoder is now using another 10% of CPU than it was before. Writing the output file to a different disk (though on the same IDE channel) seems to be a non-negligible (though non-overwhelming) benefit.
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Yup. I thought it was likely that after pushing out MJ, the Wizards would fire Doug Collins. They say they haven't made a decision about BJ, so it probably depends on who they hire as head coach. If Doug's replacement chooses not to keep him, I'm sure he'll latch on somewhere. The Raptors were quite fond of him, I think he's got a pretty strong reputation around the league. We'll see...
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Anybody that insists that this administration is not for sale to large corporate interests is a fucking ignoramus. Fortunately, I think Ted Turner is right -- this isn't over.
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