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76  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Release: sImgurUploader on: December 26, 2013, 07:54:42 PM
So I guess according to google that "img" is short for image.  Wasn't aware there was one.
77  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Release: sImgurUploader on: December 26, 2013, 07:52:21 PM
I still don't understand the difference?  Are both tags the same thing?

Do they look the same?
78  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013 Release: sImgurUploader on: December 26, 2013, 07:28:06 PM
Awesome thanks for adding this Skwire smiley 
Unfortunately, mine seems to be adding "URL" tags rather than "IMG" tags!   cheesy
http://i.imgur.com/FcSZR.png
Note to others: The INI is not in the Screenshot Captor/Tools folder, it's in the App Data Folder..  Such as C:\Users\<my name>\AppData\Roaming\Skwire Empire\sImgurUploader

What's the difference between "img" tag and "url" tag?
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Imaging to a new SSD drive from SATA drive question on: December 21, 2013, 12:16:20 PM
nice find Mouser.  I will install it later and see how my new drive is doing.
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Imaging to a new SSD drive from SATA drive question on: December 21, 2013, 11:53:05 AM
I checked the package and yes it does come with some performance and migration software.  i won't do the migration part but i will sure check out the performance part of it.
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Imaging to a new SSD drive from SATA drive question on: December 21, 2013, 11:21:52 AM
It's a samsung 840
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Imaging to a new SSD drive from SATA drive question on: December 21, 2013, 11:17:24 AM
I believe this has been touched on before here about those services or programs you don't want running on a SSD drive with win 7.  As I understand you don't want profs like the defragmenter running on it as it will cause the drive to wear out early.

If I create a ghost image from a SATA drive with win 7, and ghost it back to the SSD, then does windows automatically see the SSD and "turn off" the necessary stuff?
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Upgrade to Windows 64-bit on: December 21, 2013, 11:09:41 AM
I am not wild about reinstalling all the software either.  Do I have time?  Kinda of.  Since I reinstall on a different hard drive I do have a good backup and can reinsert the old drive if it comes to that.

Going to a smaller had isn't that big of a concern as my docs and desktop are redirected to the server.
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Upgrade to Windows 64-bit on: December 21, 2013, 04:42:59 AM
I made the same mistake as you, wrath.  I don't know how or why i ended up with 32 bit of win 7 on my 8 gb of Ram but I did.  so very soon i will end up doing a fresh install of 64 bit win 7 and then will have a virtual win 7 probably 32 bit running as well.  I just need to do this since I try out so many different software and be religious in putting them in the virtual drive.

I could virtualize my existing 32 bit, but I would have to really clean it up first as it has most of my 500gb drive full.  I was wanting to put windows on my new 250gb SSD and then store my stuff on an internal 1 tb drive.  but i don't have enough sata ports (only 4)  to accomodate one more drive as i have 2 drives that are dedicated to storing my ghost images, one is a backup.  the DVD drive is SATA also.  my motherboard has no IDE ports on it.   Sad
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: a program similar to DropFolder on: December 20, 2013, 09:23:27 AM
I didn't have the original files that I have been experimenting with anymore.  so I used file 3.4 gb file and 4wd's suggestion of CQ+SuperFast+bitrate 1800+Baseline+audio copy

it copied in just under one hour and left behind a 549 meg mp4 file.  not too bad in my opinion.

86  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: a program similar to DropFolder on: December 18, 2013, 06:12:50 PM
I will give that a try tomorrow.  just to see.
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: a program similar to DropFolder on: December 18, 2013, 07:43:04 AM
I tried it again this morning using the Techidave+turbo+superfast+baseline+audio and the same set of files took around 45 minutes resulting in a set of 410mb folder.  the cpu % wasn't near as taxing as before at least it wasn't at 100% the whole time.  This was also copied from a DVD on another computer and the files being sent across the network.

88  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: a program similar to DropFolder on: December 17, 2013, 09:52:44 PM
Man ,my head is swimming trying to process all this info!   cheesy

I will try it again tomorrow using some of your modified settings and report back on the findings.

I appreciate the help big time 4wd!

Programming isn't my thing so figuring out how to do all this stuff is way beyond my comprehension.  I hAve to admit, I had some help getting drop folders and handbrake setup to where it was working. 
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: a program similar to DropFolder on: December 17, 2013, 12:29:00 PM
actually the setting i used was the second one you suggested.
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: a program similar to DropFolder on: December 17, 2013, 11:48:06 AM
I changed to the "techidave+turbo" values and uploaded a 1.79gb of .mov (9 files) and it took a little over an hour.  then end results was 9 files totaling 410 meg of .mp4.

so we are improving. 

 here is the process log of the encoding process.
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: a program similar to DropFolder on: December 17, 2013, 05:33:44 AM
WOW!  thanks a lot 4wd for doing this!  It is really appreciated!   smiley Thmbsup

yes, using my current settings, it does max out the CPU at 100%.  Someone else told me that a "modern CPU" would make a bigger difference than more RAM will.

the part that I don't understand is how did you know what the different parameters will do??
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: a program similar to DropFolder on: December 16, 2013, 07:01:31 AM
yes, we are using the latest version of Handbrake.  DropFolders just uses the command line of Handbrake for the conversion and encoding stuff.

not sure if this will help but here is the handbrake settings ( i think).  --encoder x264 --vb 1800 --ab 128 --maxWidth 640 --maxHeight 480 --two-pass --optimize

I am using an old HP ProLiant ML150G2 server that has 2 Xeon 3.0 ghz processors with 2gb of RAM.  I do have more RAM on order.  I am running Win 2008R2 64 bit server.  and yes, we are using the 64 bit verison of handbrake.
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: a program similar to DropFolder on: December 16, 2013, 04:12:14 AM
I guess I left out one very important detail.  Our camcorder records in .mst by default, it can record in .mp4 but that one has a default time length that cannot be overrode.  Our productions are always longer than the default of like 15 minutes.  if we use the other camera that has a mini DV tape, then I have to record it to DVD first so it is in the Video_TS format.

Procomptor, as near as I can tell the program you mention only goes from FLV to mp4.

I would like one that will let me "optimize for the web" and then it plays well on any device.
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / a program similar to DropFolder on: December 14, 2013, 03:32:23 PM


I ran across this program DropFolders that uses Handbrake, along with Adobe Air to automatically convert videos to another type of video format.  One of the problems that I have is taking a video file over 1 gb and converting it to .mp4 takes a very long time as in hours and then there is a chance that the program will lock up on me and not finish.  The nice thing about this program is it can watch MULTIPLE source folder and then after the conversion is done, place it in MULTIPLE destination folders.

Yes the program has not been updated in over 3 years.  Has anyone stumbled across another program similar to this that will watch multiple folders?  I have searched and only found some that watch a single folder.

If this program would work and work faster it would save me a lot of work.  Some of my teachers are wanting to video their class and then upload it to our media server where the students could access it.  So math teacher would upload a video to a folder called source/math and the program would do its thing, converting it to .mp4 and place it in a folder called destination/math.

Hoping that someone here can help.

thanks
dave
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Migrating from Google Gmail.com to Microsoft Outlook.com on: December 12, 2013, 07:17:13 AM
That's ok IanB.  I should have started a new thread.  I think Google does have some converters but not sure if they do for Office 365.  And maybe I don't want to go down that path, but we are looking at Google Apps and Chromebooks for our school. 

Finding the Office web apps on our office 365 for education portal is terribly difficult.  we don't need to use them as I have the desktop version installed on all of our machines.  I was looking at those students who cannot afford to have a new version of Office installed. 

So enter Google Docs.  they updated the Google spreadsheet yesterday so it does have more features.  Now if they would just do their Presentation app ...
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Migrating from Google Gmail.com to Microsoft Outlook.com on: December 12, 2013, 04:09:33 AM
and if one wants to move from Office 365 for education(Outlook) to Google apps for education (gmail), then is there something to help going the opposite direction?

97  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: looking for MS Word freebie on: November 25, 2013, 05:00:26 AM
I doubt that you could find a legal copy of an older version of MS Word.  But an excellent, free alternative to Word is AbiWord which is available here
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: software to edit pdfs on: November 17, 2013, 02:58:38 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. Pdfescape looks good.  I shall give them all a try.
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: software to edit pdfs on: November 15, 2013, 05:13:19 PM
I have less experience than you tomos.  I was just guessing about it being editable.
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: software to edit pdfs on: November 15, 2013, 05:06:27 PM
But I could be wrong.
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