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Putting "Global Warming" vid on DVD

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by fritzi93, Mar 13, 2007.

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  1. fritzi93

    fritzi93 TS Member

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    Great video, worth saving and showing to others. But it's protected streaming video, I hear you say. How can you do it? Easy, read the guide linked to above. (Clicking anything highlighted in red takes you to tool download pages or problem solving sections, etc.) It can be done with FREEWARE exclusively.

    WAIT!!! A few points to pay particular attention to:

    You need a higher resolution/higher quality source than Little Green Footballs. A bigger player window, in other words, is a good indicator. Open Google, then type in "the great global warming swindle", and hit "Video", then search. You'll get lots of results. Pick one. I used the Google Video site. Here:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9005566792811497638

    Go to the page with the video. Now open another window in your browser and go to: http://keepvid.com/

    Copy the address of the page where the video is and paste it into the green-outlined address bar at Keepvid. Hit "download". Wait for the download links to appear. Typically, you have a choice between high quality AVI, Flash, and portable formats. You want the high quality AVI. Right-click the link and select "Save As", then select where to save it. Okay. Wait a few hours (if you have broadband, that is, if you're on dialup forget it. In that case, download in several parts from youtube instead, the file size is much smaller, but it won't be worth converting to DVD). Once the file is downloading, close the Google Video window. The particular AVI I got came as a DivX file, so if you don't have a DivX codec, you'd need to install one. Same for any other compression types. For Flash you need a flash player, they're free.

    The guide mentions ConvertXtoDVD and a few other tools. ConvertXtoDVD is NOT free, but partway down the download page is a link to the old freeware version DivXtoDVD. This is easy to use and perfectly adequate, it produces proper DVD files, with no menu and chapters at arbitrary 5 minute intervals. When done, all you have to do is burn it as DVD-Video. (Don't burn as data!)

    The source file is PAL format at 25 Fps. For anyone in North America, you need to make sure it will play in your set-top player. Tick the box "Force NTSC 29.97 Fps". You must also tick the box "Force 4:3", if you don't the aspect ratio will be wrong and the picture will be slightly distorted. (That is, assuming you have a standard definition, old-fashioned TV.) Hit convert and wait.

    Burn as DVD-Video in Nero or whatever you have. Or use the free ImageBurn, here:

    http://imgburn.com/index.php?act=download

    Find the folder with the video files, you should have a parent folder within which is a VIDEO_TS folder. That's the one. Open IMGBurn, set "Mode" to "Build" and select the source folder. Then set "Output" to "Device", i.e. your burner. Put in a blank! Hit the disc icon and okay the confirmation window that pops up. Burn, then watch it on your TV.

    It goes without saying that this is a gray area. The only possible justification is personal use under the Fair Use Doctrine. Redistribution in any way is expressly prohibited. This post will eventually be deleted.
     
  2. fritzi93

    fritzi93 TS Member

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    You kinda missed the point. The quality of the conversion is acceptable for DVD and viewing on TV rather than a monitor. Nor do you absolutely need the Google player. (As an aside for those on dialup, the best quality file from Google is not practical, a better option being Flash in sections from youtube, etc. Downloading/saving through Keepvid is easiest for youtube videos.)
     
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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070312/ap_on_sc/polar_trek_1

    Frostbite ends Bancroft-Arnesen trek

    by PATRICK CONDON, Associated Press Writer
    Mon Mar 12, 5:28 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS - A North Pole expedition meant to bring attention to global warming was called off after one of the explorers got frostbite. The explorers, Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen, on Saturday called off what was intended to be a 530-mile trek across the Arctic Ocean after Arnesen suffered frostbite in three of her toes, and extreme cold temperatures drained the batteries in some of their electronic equipment.

    "Ann said losing toes and going forward at all costs was never part of the journey," said Ann Atwood, who helped organize the expedition.

    On Monday, the pair was at Canada's Ward Hunt Island, awaiting a plane to take them to Resolute, Canada, where they were to return to Minneapolis later this week.

    Bancroft, 51, became the first woman to cross the North Pole on a 1986 expedition. She and Arnesen, 53, of Oslo, Norway, were the first women to ski across Antarctica in 2001.

    But the latest trek got off to a bad start. The day they set off from Ward Hunt Island, a plane landing near the women hit their gear, punching a hole in Bancroft's sled and damaging one of Arnesen's snowshoes.

    They repaired the snowshoe with binding from a ski, but Atwood said the patch job created pressure on Arnesen's left foot, which led to blisters that then turned into frostbite.

    Then there was the cold — quite a bit colder, Atwood said, then Bancroft and Arnesen had expected. One night they measured the temperature inside their tent at 58 degrees below zero, and outside temperatures were exceeding 100 below zero at times, Atwood said.

    "My first reaction when they called to say there were calling it off was that they just sounded really, really cold," Atwood said.

    She said Bancroft and Arnesen were applying hot water bottles to Arnesen's foot every night, but had to wake up periodically because the bottles froze.

    The explorers had planned to call in regular updates to school groups by satellite phone, and had planned online posts with photographic evidence of global warming.

    Atwood said there was some irony that a trip to call attention to global warming was scuttled in part by extreme cold temperatures.

    "They were experiencing temperatures that weren't expected with global warming," Atwood said.

    (Full text of the article can be read at the above URL)
     
  4. claybrdr

    claybrdr Well-Known Member

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    Global warming may have saved her toes. Think how cold it might have been if we hadn't been destroying the planet!
     
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