Using Windows Movie Maker With the Kodak Zi8

In a previous blog post, I mentioned I had a Kodak Zi8 video camera. This past weekend, I decided I wanted to try Windows Movie Maker (WMM) to edit videos produced with it, instead of the built-in Arcsoft MediaImpression software that the camera installs on the PC it is connected to. (Although I haven’t tested…

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Howdy Pierce

ElcomSoft’s Hack of Image Authentication

There was some interesting news yesterday about the cracking of an image authentication mechanism built into Nikon cameras. The hack was announced in what seemed to me like a rather adolescent post on the ElcomSoft company blog: ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. researched Nikon’s Image Authentication System, a secure suite validating if an image has been altered…

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The H.264 Sequence Parameter Set

This is a follow-up to my World’s Smallest H.264 Encoder post. I’ve received several emails asking about precise details of things in two entities in the H.264 bitstream: the Sequence Parameter Set (SPS) and the Picture Parameter Set (PPS). Both entities contain information that an H.264 decoder needs to decode the video data, for example,…

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A Propeller-Head Visits Vegas, Part 2

My partner Mike Perkins and I traveled this week to Las Vegas to take in NAB, one of the big trade shows for the broadcast video market. We try to travel together once or twice a year because, in addition to whatever immediate objective we have in taking the trip, we’ve found that traveling together…

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Howdy Pierce

A Propeller-Head Visits Vegas, Part 1

I spent the day yesterday in Las Vegas for ISC West, one of the largest shows for the CCTV and security industry. We have a couple of customers exhibiting at this show, and I haven’t attended the last couple of years, so it was interesting to see. CCTV / Security is a tough industry to…

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Five Tips for Writing Good Bug Reports

We normally take the humble bug report for granted, but getting your company to write good bug reports is one of the cheapest and easiest ways you can increase product quality and shorten development schedules. That’s because, when a bug report is poorly worded or doesn’t include all the key information, it takes a lot…

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Mike Perkins

Interlaced Video and Computer Monitors

If you’ve ever had occasion to watch video on a computer, you might have noticed that it doesn’t look like it does on your TV. This is especially true when watching interlaced video. This post briefly describes some issues associated with using a computer as a video display device.