View Full Version : 2007 Northwest Rendezvous

09-10-2007, 08:10 AM
Northwest Rendezvous. We actually humped a real trail this year! Nobody seemed to mind too much, to include our favorite mule, Miss Dolly. As you know from the posts that came before this, Dolly had help from some other four-leggers, a tribe of friendly pack goats. I certainly canít add anything verbal to the accounts of this fine Rondy weíve already read, so Iíll just put up these videos the little N-95 captured.


Goats & Timber Tiger Kids
https://www.kifaru.net/vid_goats.html (https://www.kifaru.net/vid_goats.html)

https://www.kifaru.net/vid_dinner.html (https://www.kifaru.net/vid_dinner.html)

Soon to be Partners
https://www.kifaru.net/vid_partners.html (https://www.kifaru.net/vid_partners.html)

Not Starving
https://www.kifaru.net/vid_notstarving.html (https://www.kifaru.net/vid_notstarving.html)

Good Folks
https://www.kifaru.net/vid_goodfolks.html (https://www.kifaru.net/vid_goodfolks.html)

https://www.kifaru.net/vid_departing.html (https://www.kifaru.net/vid_departing.html)

09-10-2007, 08:49 AM

09-10-2007, 12:14 PM
These videos are still works in process. Maggie has worked on getting better match-up between the video and audio on this batch, but it now seems the video quality has diminished! She is aware of it, and is going to address that too. Patience.

09-10-2007, 04:55 PM

Cool video. When your technical guru gets all the pieces in sync it looks like you'll have very handy, high-speed piece of kit to document your rambles! Thanks for sharing.


09-11-2007, 06:33 AM
Great stuff! even despite the low quality of the video (not the content!) it really makes me wish I had been able to attend. It looks like that camera records MPEG-4 files. If you don't mind my asking, what programs are you using to get these videos to their final form?

09-11-2007, 09:52 AM
Hi Patrick - Maggie here.
This week, I'll be upgrading the quality of the videos to those you see with Soliloquy and Goats & Tiger Kids.

The poorer quality videos were the result of an attempt to get these to load more quickly. These higher quality ones will take longer to load, even with DSL - so dial-up users be aware. I spoke with Adobe this morning, and this compromise is the norm right now with available video technologies.
YouTube.com is a prime example - most videos there are intended to load quickly, but the quality is poor.

Now, Mr. Smith's video-phone records in MPEG-4.

1. I need to crunch that into something Flash Player can handle (the preferred video viewer right now).

2. I brought Patrick's MPEG4 first into Adobe Premier, then Exported it for Flash (Flash can't take an MPEG directly without audio synch problems - it has to be converted via Premiere).

3. Then exported the movie as an .swf file.

Clear as mud?

Ed C
09-11-2007, 02:03 PM

09-11-2007, 08:38 PM
Hey Maggie,

I was just curious as to the workflow, I'm a big fan of Adobe premiere and I believe that Adobe recently acquired macromedia. Sounds like you're using the best process possible to accomplish the .swf files. That's the hardest part about web compression- the fine balance between image/audio quality and file size!

09-12-2007, 05:33 AM

Have you considered using Quicktime and a Quicktime Streaming Server. Works great for me.

flamingo 7
09-13-2007, 05:20 AM

Yah...that's what I would have done. Anyone know how to get white-out off the screen?

09-13-2007, 06:14 AM
Converting to quicktime with the h.264 codec would probably be a lot easier as well, and would allow the viewer to skip forward (or backward) if they wanted.

09-13-2007, 09:10 AM
...except that I won't run apple software on a windows machine, and I don't have any macs sitting around.

09-13-2007, 02:21 PM
There's a program that you can download called "quicktime alternative" that actually works really well. It will allow you to play .mov files, and it's not associated with Apple in any way. They also make one for real player- it's called "real alternative". I'm sure you could find it with a quick google search.

09-18-2007, 07:25 AM
Much better on quicktime.

Thanks for the video Patrick. The girls are thoughly embarressed now. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

09-18-2007, 09:32 AM
Well timbertiger, I hope they get over being video "stars". They are thoroughly delightful young 'uns. Their persistence on Crawdad Duty was impressive. Everybody in camp had roasted crawdad aplenty. Must have caught hundreds of the critters. You can take great pride in your timbertiger girls.

02-19-2009, 12:41 PM
Well, here it is february.........????

02-25-2009, 03:38 PM
Howdy Huntsman, just noticed this prompt from ya. When we finish with the task of getting all this G2 gear Introduced I plan on writing up my Season right here, culminating with a bison report from a couple of days ago. You might say it's been an extended season. Tell you what, if I don't get this done by Rendezvous we'll do it via a verbal narrative!

03-06-2009, 10:08 AM
I seem to be the only one who can't get these to load. I get a "404 file not found message" when I click on the links. I have been able to view the rest of the videos in the past.

03-06-2009, 12:17 PM
moosedog, I think you're not the only one. Last I heard from Maggie she hadn't "found" them from when the Board was transferred to this new format. And she's been hammered with working on the new website and the new gear ever since. Got pulled off, in other words. I think we can count on her eventually getting back to completing this "loose end".