No More Mini-Coop
Visitors to my website (XENUTV) know that I have been converting my videos from Real Video to Google Video. It is a long process due to the enormous amount of video which has to be recaptured and re-encoded but the quality of video now possible on the web makes it mandatory that I do so.
The biggest challenge is redoing the entire week’s worth of testimony from the 1982 Clearwater Hearings. I feel it’s perhaps the most important video on my site (but far from the most popular). When I originally encoded the video in 1999, it took me about a month to do. At the time I also had a very flexible schedule which is not the case anymore. I have dreaded starting anew but start anew I must.
Today I began not at the beginning but with the testimony of a remarkable woman, Paulette Cooper. She is the author of “The Scandal of Scientology” which was the first book to take a critical look at the group. Scientology set out to destroy Paulette with covert ops which would only be uncovered when the FBI raided Scientology’s headquarters in 1977. In her testimony, Paulette details the vicious, ugly schemes Scientology used to try to get her jailed, committed to an asylum or to have her take her own life.
I can’t get over how advanced the video technology has become since I started my website. RealVideo was the prevailing format in 1998 and 1999. Windows Media came along after I started but there was little difference in quality between them. I also felt Microsoft was trying to squash yet another innovative, smaller competitor so I was disinclined to switch to them.
Quicktime then came along and brought much greater quality but initially the videos were not able to stream for immediate playback. Plus the file sizes were three times those of the RealVideos and with dialup modems being the norm, it seemed impractical to change.
Suddenly, it’s a whole new video world. Soon, we will look back at this time and think how primative the current standards are. And I mean SOON. I watched a demonstration of a new set top device from Mac a couple weeks ago. It’s called ITV at this time though that may change before it gets released early next year. This box is the size of a mac mini and connects wirelessly to your computer.
The videos you are watching now on this site will be viewable on your livingroom TV. With the Apple remote, you can plop on the sofa, put your feet up and enjoy high quality video on demand from websites and servers all over the world. I for one can’t wait.Explore posts in the same categories: Clearwater Hearings