The Loom

i-76f1834a70096b5b7639ca07afa12d4e-Carleton grab 250.jpg NOTE: I’VE SET UP A FLASH VERSION OF THIS TALK HERE. DON’T BOTHER TRYING TO DOWNLOAD THE QUICKTIME VERSION I DESCRIBED IN THIS POST.

Recently I gave the Discovery Lecture at Carleton University in Ottawa, in which I talked about new developments in evolutionary biology. They sent me a DVD of the talk, and I got a lunatic notion in my head that I would figure out how to get all Web Two-Point-O-Ee and post the lecture online. They told me to go ahead as long as I put a watermark on. Ever eager to waste time, I slowly figured out how to do that on QuickTime. Then I uploaded it to blip.tv, because they let you post big files. But that’s where my superduper tech acumen falls apart, because for some mysterious reason the site won’t convert it into a sleek, embeddable Flash format. If you don’t mind the somewhat less sleek QuickTime, here’s the talk.

(If anybody wants to teach this tech cub a lesson or two on how to do this sort of thing, I’m all ears.)

Comments

  1. #1 Paul Mohr
    April 19, 2008

    Does the sub-leet person doing this conversion get a cookie? Or is it an open source trade for the video itself?

  2. #2 oldcola
    April 19, 2008

    Hi, I’ll ask for the cookie if you are happy using ffmpegX and it’s export as flv feature.

    Supposing that you are a Mac User :-)

  3. #3 Keith
    April 19, 2008

    Hi Carl,
    I would also recommend trying FFmpeg but another option that may do the trick is SWFTools. Out of curiosity, did you try Youtube/Google Video? I Noticed they had started offering collections of lecture videos from some of the universities that offered them.

  4. #4 Carl Zimmer
    April 19, 2008

    Oldcola–Thanks for the link. I just tried ffmpegX, but I’ve just gotten three or four different kinds of failure messages when I tried to use ffmpegX. Too many opportunities for me to mess up the settings, I guess.

  5. #5 brett
    April 19, 2008

    Try vimeo.com. I’ve had more luck with them than with blip.tv.

  6. #6 Paul Mohr
    April 19, 2008

    Looks like you are getting help, so I won’t interfere. Linux has many different utilities available which are free, and MAC is good also. I have done this a few times so it is -possible-, The fun is in the learning.

  7. #7 Steven
    April 20, 2008

    You can actually download the 900mb .mov file using firefox. Just right click to the left of the embeded movie and go to “view page info”, the go to media and scroll down till you find the link. Select it and select save as.

  8. #8 Felix
    April 21, 2008

    Aww. What happened to Science Saturday? I was looking forward to it all week; not that this is uninteresting or anything.

  9. #9 Mike Morris
    April 22, 2008

    Dear Dr. Zimmer, I watched and enjoyed your lecture at Carleton University. But downloading an almost 1 terabit video file makes your lecture inaccessible to many people. I suggest you upload a lower quality video of your lecture for those who can’t download such a huge file.

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