The BBC can help you find out… What sex is your brain? Takes a little while, but interesting.
Wow. I wonder how many people reading this got here via the Boing Boing link to Airport? Welcome! Anyway, if you want to automatically get all the episodes as they’re released, just subscribe to Twelve Fives through iTunes.
If that doesn’t work for you, there’s also this RSS feed, also at the bottom of the page to the right of the Blogger icon.
How would you feel if a murderer linked to your blog? Check this out: He was always a wonderful boy. | MetaFilter. My favourite comment: “He was one of us?”
A few technical details for anyone wanting to make their own Twelve Fives vids.
The original video was shot in PAL (720×576 pixels) but as it was shot as anamorphic widescreen, that works out to 1024×576 in square pixels. The podcasted movies are half that: 512×288 @ 25 fps.
For compression, I use and recommend QuickTime Player to compress in H.264 @ 650 kbps. Yes, you can use free tools to compress in H.264, but they look terrible compared to QuickTime, which looks great at that size. To avoid interlacing issues, I turn on Single Field in QuickTime Player’s Visual Settings before exporting. That way, there’s no vertical resampling and no double images.
Why no iPod-friendly video? Well, though there’s an easy Export to iPod with Video option, it produces large files. You can manually produce an MP4 if you play with the settings yourself, but you’ve got to downgrade to QuickTime 7.0.3 to avoid a bug, and be very careful with your settings. Even with all the care in the world, one of my movies still wasn’t coming out iPod-friendly, despite using exactly the same settings as several other movies that worked just fine. Since the audience (you! all of you!) is small and conversion is just a menu option away for those who care, I’m just sending out larger, higher quality movies for now. Let me know if you really care either way.
Audio is original, compressed down to 96kbps AAC to save a little bandwidth. To easily sync the beat changes with 5 second shots, the tempo is set to 96 BPM, which also contributes to the languid feel. Average level @ -12dB, peaks around -6dB, but this isn’t broadcast so I’m not being super strict about it.
Um… anything else? If you’re reading this through an RSS reader, feel free to leave a comment on the site itself @ twelvefives.com.
Yep, the next one, the last of the original four I made before I launched the thing. There’s another ready to go next weekend, but I’ve got to pull my finger out and get a few more done. Maybe not New York, maybe Europe. For now, it’s still NYC: Twelve Fives USA #04: Day + Night. I’m even in this one.
You might also like to check out my current project, the video podcast Twelve Fives (that’s twelve five second shots). Make your own Twelve Fives videos — I’ll link to them. Lazy? Subscribe through iTunes.
How soon before we’re eating not just vat-grown “animal-free” meat, but “printed” meat? Think I’m craaaaazy? Read New Scientist News – Print me a heart and a set of arteries.
Are Software Patents Evil? Read, find out. Interesting stuff.
Ah, love anonymous comments. I have only a rough idea who naykakotehka is, but they’ve left a comment I should pass on. Check out stretch daily : creative exercise for some graphical inspiration. March 9’s entry is a quick Photoshop before/after example for the curious. And if *you’re* naykakotehka, thank you.