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WIPUP now supports video updates!

Well the Eadrax code (what WIPUP runs on) has always supported updates with video attachments but the live WIPUP site never got to see it in action due to the server not having ffmpeg (video swiss-army knife) installed and playing nice with the latest codecs, permissions, and whatnot. Over the past few days our lovely host OpticEmpire has gotten ffmpeg up and running on the server – and it worked like a charm.

I uploaded a short clip I made a month or so ago to show the company Johnson Controls embracing the Generation Ys. It worked flawlessly – snapshotted a thumbnail halfway through the clip and resized it as necessary, reencoded the file into .flv format (HTML 5 and video tags are on the way folks, but meanwhile we have to keep legacy users happy), and the update page has a lovely in-browser video player courtesy of LongTail Video and their free license on JW Player.

The encoding is done on-the-fly but in the future encoding will be queued by the server so we don’t blow ’em up, and the JW Player will get skinned in a WIPUPish fashion. Note that videos will always be compressed. The point of WIPUP is to dump up unfinished works, and so at the moment it’s simply uneconomical to host uncompressed files.

Go and view the demonstrating update here.

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Tech tip #3: Rip audio from an .FLV file.

Well folks, here’s another quick tech tip that I use once in a while. How do you rip only the audio from an .FLV file? .FLV files, or Flash Video files are the format used in browser-embedded videos, common on video-sharing sites such as YouTube or Vimeo (and Eadrax!) For whatever reason if you have an .FLV file of your favourite music video, now you can get the music rocking solo.

mencoder a.flv -o a.mp3 -of rawaudio -oac mp3lame -lameopts cbr:br=192 -ovc copy

I’ll stay off tech tips for a while as the weekend is coming up.