Web-y Tech-y Headach-y

25 Feb


I have a number of flv files on the web site I care-take and had the idea that really for the sake of archive and back up purposes I could burn them to a DVD .. .. .. of course my brain being my brain and being enamoured with my Mac as I am, the imagination was creating index menu styles, sub menus, listing the various music vids etc – after all it is almost one click drag n drop these days, right? ….. Not quite …..

The Apple web site has some very clear and instructive videos of how simple it can be to turn A into B and do C and voilå D.  YouTube can be a wondrous tutorial source, but the whizz kids can sometimes forget a fundamental thing, still they do give you the theory if not always the successful practical.  It would appear that to be creative in iDVD the numerous movie files need to not be in the flv format, but preferably the mpeg or avi format.  Off to Google we go for a converter, more issues, a majority of the free, trial based, or online converters will only do three minutes and offer no editing capabilities.

So, now I am reading reviews of three converter programs to purchase, finding the elements that each is different and evaluating their importance.  What started me on this … oh yes … simplicity.

Brain is also creating a new review page for the site following the hugely successful Hard Rock gig last Tuesday, Stephen took to the stage with his father, Barry Gibb, for a full-on 90 minute gig.  In fact Barry’s first ever.  Stephen sang one of his late Uncle Maurice’s tracks “OnTime” and did an astounding job.  A note worthy occasion.  So I am tracking people’s photos and getting their permissions and comments, designing page graphics, wrangling with the html code [yes folks i do it old school].

This new page has also triggered a general complete site tweeking and house keeping, so the job list of one item “new page” now has six friends who have joined it.

Of course – all this is distracting me from the things that actually need my attention, like balancing the current account, paying the credit card bill, starting the ESA form filling, organising the Residents AGM, contacting the Tree Oficer about the trees with preservation orders on them, house hold chores, and such like.

All good fun ….. actually, it is rather  


Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


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6 responses to “Web-y Tech-y Headach-y

  1. The_Walrus

    February 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I seem to remember MagicDVD is one that can convert full length movies. The whole video thing with all the different codecs that one never has the right one of is a real minefield.

    But, as you say, it’s fun.

    Any idea why Linux Mint running under VirtualBox can make files that Windows 7 can’t even see?


    • amgroves

      February 27, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      Personally, no, but I have forwarded your problem to a couple of techy minded friends who went “What?” *scratchead*


      • The_Walrus

        February 27, 2012 at 8:11 pm

        That’s pretty close to what I said… “What the something?” Yes, that was more or less it.


  2. Fauna Merryweather

    February 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Time to find your magic wand!


    • amgroves

      February 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Flat battery … erm … you didn’t mean ‘that’ kind of wand did you …. 😳


      • Eveready

        February 28, 2012 at 4:32 am

        Now that’s funny!!



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