Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Converting Flip Video Files so they can be used in Premiere

This is a break from my normal ramblings. Bascially I have a Flip video camera and I want to edit the footage in Adobe Premiere. Unfortunately, the Flip video camera has an odd form of encryption and Premiere is very fussy with what files it uses. So, I wanted a free, easy way to convert the files. Could I find one? Could I toss.

So, I sat down and worked it out. Took a bit of work but I did it. For those coming to this page via a search engine it requires the use of a free program called "Super (c)" by a company by ERightSoft. If you know the program and just want the settings this screenshot should be all you need.

For everyone else who doesn't know what all that means I'll break it down.

First you need Super (c). Now sadly I can't provide a direct link. You have to go to their website which is the worst website in the world. Really, I mean it. I know the software but free but there is no need for this website. You have to scroll through pages and pages of text telling you how wonderful Super (c) and as each link promises the download you are let down when you realise it's just another page of text. But eventually you get there. So start your fight for the program here:

Install the software and then run it. Take your flip video file and drag it onto the box at the bottom. Then replicate the settings in the screenshot above. Make sure you do both the video and audio settings. The really important bit is the AVI for Output Container, DV Digital Video for the Video Codec and WAV for the audio codec.

This will inflate the original file massively. My 9Mb file above ended up as 102mb but who cares, it went into Premiere and worked. And that, is how we do that.

Oodle Flip.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

December Spotify Playlist

It's that time of the month again.

Here's the link to my 20 Track Spotify Playlist for December. If you don't have Spotify, well, you must be some kind of weirdo or something. Weirdo.

Click here for the playlist.

Poople Tip

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Facebook Your Name

One of the first things everyone does on the Internet is type their name into Google. We've all done it and we've all marvelled at the John Smith who has just been arrested for DUI in Washington State and we've all felt the twinge of guilt at the Percy Manthrope who is a successful author and married to a model. However, what I did this morning, for no reason in particular, was entered my name into Facebook. Now when you do this you obviously get lists of people with your name but if you then click on Groups then you get the groups with your name and that's when it gets interesting.

So what did Dave Taylor bring up in Facebook Groups?

I am Dave Taylor
I am Dave Taylor so I can join this club. You are not Dave Taylor (unless you are) so you can't join this club (unless you can). I can but haven't. You can't (unless you can) and you want to (unless you don't want to). There are 35 members. So there either isn't many Dave Taylor's in the world or we are all stubborn buggers like me who won't join any club that would have me as a member.

Vote Dave Taylor
I come from Darlaston and someone else from Darlaston was on one of these X-Pop Idol-Strictly-Cum-On-Ice things and someone asked me if I would vote for them. I said "why?" They said, "Because he comes from Darlaston. I wouldn't vote for myself because I come from Darlaston so none of the other in-bred mouth breathers who happened to share the surrounding area of my birth will get a chance either."

Then I discovered that this is another Dave Taylor who represents Alberta Liberals. I might vote for him. Depends on his stance on free skiing trips down the EEC Butter Mountain for pensioners and if he was born in Darlaston or not. However with only five members I figure my namesake is going to have a very short political career.

Dave Taylor is a God
81 people believe that Dave Taylor is a God. How many people believe you are a God? Eh? Eh? However, as an athiest this would mean I have to not believe in the existence of Dave Taylor which therefore means that I wouldn't believe that I existed and would, no doubt, explode in a puff of logic. As a consequence I'm not thinking about it very much.

Dave Taylor is a Liar
17 people believe Dave Taylor is a liar but as 81 believe Dave is a God I'm not going to worry about it too much.

The Dave Taylor Appreciation Society
10 Members support the DTAS which, surprisingly, isn't for me but for someone who does an impression of Richard III. I just hope that's not rhyming slang.

Dave Taylor Don't Leave Us
Apparently a Dave Taylor is going to leave Hayes CC and get married. Six people are up in arms about this. I doubt they'd be bothered if they realised that it was him who urinated in the punch bowl at the Christmas meal.

Around the Room: Dave Taylor Rocks
You bet your arse I do.

21 members PLEASE FUCK OFF.

Dave Taylor - The Worlds Favourite Bass Trombonist
I never knew there was a bass trombone yet I'm still slightly jealous at my namesakes skill.

Dave Taylor is gay and has no life
Only one part of that statement is true.

What Dave Taylor did next... Find Pieface and Career
I was hoping that Dave Taylor had found Pieface a career. It turns out Pieface and Dave Taylor are one and the same and Dave Taylor dropped out of uni after a week.

I really think this one is about me.

And finally...

Dave Taylor needs a swift kick in the arse
He does because he is significantly thinner than I am. Then again, this could also be about me.

So... Facebook your name and click on Groups. Don't bother telling me what came up though because I'm really not interested.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Promises, Promises, Promises

I'm aware that I've been neglecting this blog like it's a girlfriend who I'm too scared to dump so I'm ignoring her and hoping that she will dump me. Yet it's not like that. It's more that this blog is my favourite prostitute and I'm happy to spend money on her but I've been out the area so I've had to go to other prostitutes. Now I'm back so I'll see Madam Whiplash and experience that wonderful thing she does with her finger.

I think prostitutes can be used in metaphors more than anyone realises.

So, here's my promise to blog a bit more. Not a lot more, just a bit. I've actually got quite a bit going on so it's kind of nice to have a place where my official stalker can find out everything I'm doing.

At the moment, I'm scratching my arse.

Poodle Tip.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

November Playlist

Here's the link for the Spotify November playlist.


Linky here so clicky here.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Spotify Playlists

Do you have Spotify? No? Well you should. If you don't know what it is, click on the picture and check it out. Bascially, it's a legal way to listen to music online. Loads of music. Loads and loads of music. Sure you can use We7 if that's what you prefer but for some reason I always come back to Spotify. I love it.

Anyway if, like me, you are a Spotify user then I have something for you. My mate Matt had this idea to do mixtapes on Spotify. We would share a 20 song mix tape each month. Each would be an eclectic mix of songs that are loved, forgotten and unknown. There would be no limits in regards to what went on there. So long as it was monthly and it was 20 songs.

Well I've just finished my October playlist but rather than just put that up I thought I'd share all my playlists with you. How nice am I? That's right, bloody nice.

So if you have Spotify, here you go:

Dave's 20 Song Mix Tape #1 June 2009
The Palast Orchestra under Max Raabe, The Dixie Cups and Holly Golightly. That's madness.

Dave's 20 Song Mix Tape #2 July 2009
Rokia Traore followed by The Who. It's like a mad music festival where Rokia Traore is support for The Who.

Dave's 20 Song Mix Tape #3 August 2009
The Pet Shop Boys are on there. Yes, The Pet Shop Boys. You got something to say about that.

Dave's 20 Song Mix Tape #4 September 2009
You can't have Chas and Dave follow Soundgarden on a mixtape. Want a bet, bitch?

Dave's 20 Song Mix Tape #5 October 2009 
Mason William's Gas is released before Winifred Atwell.

There you have it. Five mix tapes, a good five and a bit hours of music. Get listening.

Monday, 21 September 2009


I'm rebooting the blog. As with any system this will take a few moments and this blog will be operational shortly. Until then, here's some music.

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