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Author Topic: NANY 2011 RELEASE: Webcam Video Diary  (Read 19414 times)
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« on: May 13, 2010, 12:45:41 AM »

NANY 2011 Release

Application Name Webcam Video Diary
Short Description A program to help you quickly record, label, and manage videos and photos from your webcam throughout the day
Supported OSes WinXp to Win7
Official Web Page and Download http://www.donationcoder..../Mouser/WebcamVideoDiary/
Official Forum Discussion Section http://www.donationcoder....rum/index.php?board=300.0
Author Mouser


Description
Webcam Video Diary is a program to help you to easily record lots of videos and snapshots from your webcam and keep notes associated with them.

Features
  • It can live in the system tray and take videos and snapshots via configurable hotkeys.
  • It will auto name files and sort them into subdirectories based on the current date.
  • It has a million options to control the format of recordings and the user interface so that you can configure it to work exactly the way you want it to.
  • Text notes can be associated with each recording, which are kept in plaintext files matching the media file name.

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(more screenshots on official webpage)

Usage
Installation
Comes with installer and has update support.  Setup installer may alternatively be unpacked with any unzip program and the program run portably without using the installer.  You will need to download a free donationcoder.com license key to use the program permanently.

Uninstallation
Setup program has uninstall support; no changes are made to your system or registry.

Known Issues
This is still in very early stages of development, so be prepared for some hiccups in current version.  Make sure you customize the video file format and compression options or you will end up with huge files.
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2010, 01:01:05 AM »

Tease! cheesy

- Oshyan
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2010, 01:55:35 AM »

Maybe we could help you decide??
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2010, 01:59:46 AM »

 Thmbsup
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2010, 03:37:33 AM »

Tease! cheesy

- Oshyan
Indeed huh tellme
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2010, 03:39:26 AM »

i will be asking for lots of feedback as i get going.
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2010, 02:56:31 AM »

Careful what you ask for!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2010, 10:58:37 PM »

Careful what you ask for!  Grin

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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2010, 05:06:38 PM »

Judging by the name I'm guessing it's going to be app's idea:

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app: i am thinking of creating a companion for instant boss...instant mouser
mouser: :/
app: you run it and it ignores you

Except mouser, following his long standing tradition of giving his applications generic and weird names will just call it "Mouser App."
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2010, 01:44:06 AM »

Or MAPP (mouser's App)  Wink
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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2010, 03:25:29 PM »

UPDATED - Based on poll here, i have decided to do the webcam diary application.

So now i need help figuring out what features people want in the Webcam Diary program.
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« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2010, 05:38:24 PM »

...the voice of Majel Barret-Roddenberry, together with the communicator to enter diary entries... tongue
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« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2010, 05:50:09 AM »

What format will files be saved as?  Will there be ways to include still photos, text, etc with the video?
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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2010, 12:36:56 PM »

A webcam diary would be great for lucid dreaming learning. I would love some features tailored to that. Here it is an important one (that actually is a set of features ;)

While recording or playing a video, you can pause and input a word/sentence clicking on the frame. The input is an input field with autocomplete, or you can switch directly selecting it from a list, sorted by occurrence. The word/sentence will be stored, associated to that video and to that time and (x,y) position in the video.

The entries of the list/autocomplete are words/sentences previously inserted in all the videos of a category (e.g.: dreams).

Immediately after you type a new word/sentence (and also later in another screen), you can mark it as "impossible" (default is unchecked).

When you select from the autocomplete/list an already existing word/sentence that is marked as "impossible", the app notifies it in some way (e.g. rendering it in a different color, or blinking, or whatever).

When you play a video, you see the words/sentences appearing for a few seconds at the positions they where created at.

When a word/sentence is marked as "impossible", it is rendered in a different way from the "possible" ones.

So, the app can show a list of the words/sentences, sorted by occurrence, and with filters (by typing chars, and selecting impossible yes/no).
Clicking on them, you get the list of dream videos that contain the selected word/sentence; clicking a video from this list, you jump playing it directly where the word/sentence is.

This would be powerful in making the unconscious mind learn some frequently dreamed "impossible" triggers (e.g. "pink elephant talking to me") that will help the dreaming self in realizing he/she is in a dream, and so starting the lucid experience. And also to learn some frequently dreamed "possible" triggers (e.g. "me running into a grass field") that could be used as hooks for reality checks into the dreams (e.g. jumping and flying, looking at your own hands, turning on/off light with a switch, reading a digital clock, etc.).

PS: storing the position of the words/sentences in the videos is useful because you could draw a picture, show it to the webcam, and then attach the words/sentences to the items on the picture; imagine e.g. if you draw an oneiric scenery that you can remember while logging your last dream, and there you sketch a shape with the pencil, and attach the sentence "pink elephant", and on the sky you attach "purple sky".

PPS: the autocomplete must work on every piece of the sentence; e.g. typing "sky" should make the "purple sky" sentence appear in the selection list.

On the same topic, if you're interested I've also proposed a web service idea here.
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« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2010, 09:34:23 AM »

Mouser, I've created a (public) Bettermeans space for this app:

https://secure.bettermean...om/projects/283/dashboard
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« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2010, 05:31:36 PM »

Thanks for the interesting ideas insert_nick.
I really like the idea of a tool for lucid dreaming.

However, i'm fraid that the idea of storing words at locations on the video frame is a bit outside the scope of what i was thinking.

I was thinking more something where you could simply record videos and take snapshot images quickly, where they would be stored in a folder hierarchically by date, and where you could leave notes associated with videos or photos.

So something very simple.. at least to start out with.

But keep the ideas coming.
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« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2010, 06:03:58 PM »

Ok, that's quite close to what would be ok for that purpose - let's give up on the visual thing (attaching words/sentences on the video), but here it is a simpler version of the same feature:

- you set the context for the session; e.g. "dream journals" will take into account only the videos that are marked as "dream journals" (the "mark" is a user-defined attribute in a sqlite database associated with the path of video and other properties like title, etc.)

- when you record or play a video, it's possible to pause and define a note, that is done by "title + free text";

- you save the note in a sqlite database, storing which video it belongs, which time in the video, the title, and the free text;

- possibly, when you type the title of the note, it autocompletes from the other notes' titles of the chosen context (dream journals)

This way, you could use the titles of the notes as the words/sentences I was speaking of in my previous post, show them sorted by occurrence, and through filters on the free text.
So, for lucid dreaming purposes, for instance one could use the titles for simple descriptions of the hooks (e.g. "pink elephant"), and the free text for some conventional string, e.g. "__IMPOSSIBLE__".
The tool, will allow to filter notes containing (or not) the string "__IMPOSSIBLE__" into the free text; and eventually also more complex queries (e.g. notes not containing string "__IMPOSSIBLE__" and containing string "stairs").
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« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2010, 09:24:43 AM »

I should have a beta posted by the weekend.
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« Reply #18 on: December 22, 2010, 09:38:09 AM »

Wow, sounds like an unexpected Christmas gift.
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« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2010, 07:59:27 PM »

I have posted a beta version here available for download, and created a forum section here.

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« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2010, 08:55:30 PM »

Very nice app, mouser!  Thmbsup
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« Reply #21 on: December 22, 2010, 09:55:37 PM »

Wow!  Impressive...
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« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2011, 10:49:50 AM »

I have converted the pledge thread to a release thread.
Let's discuss the program further in it's new official section: http://www.donationcoder....rum/index.php?board=300.0

Closing this thread now.
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