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darktable – photography workflow application

February 28th, 2011 No comments

i just stumbled over this nice and free application.

http://darktable.sourceforge.net/about.shtml

a virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers: it manages your digital negatives in a database and lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable. it also enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

this project tries to fill the gap between the many excellent existing free raw converters and image management tools (such as e.g. ufraw, rawstudio, f-spot, digikam, shotwell). The user interface is built around efficient caching of image metadata and mipmaps, all stored in a database. the main focus is on user interaction, both in terms of a smooth interface design as well as processing speed. high quality output is also one of our goals.

all editing is fully non-destructive and only operates on cached image buffers for display. the full image is only converted during export. raw image loading is done using libraw and rawspeed, high-dynamic range, and standard image formats such as jpeg are also supported. the core operates completely on floating point values, so darktable can not only be used for photography but also for scientifically acquired images or output of renderers (high dynamic range).

it is amazingly fast compared to other equivalent (but costly) tools like adobe lightroom, apple aperture or bibble labs.

it also has plugins that enhance the funcionality a lot. in my opinion it’s functionally equal to the highcost payware.

try it out!

mythtv userjob handbrake transcode / convert to x264

September 8th, 2010 2 comments

Endlich hab ich eine Möglichkeit gefunden meine über DVB-T mit MythTV aufgenommenen Sendungen automatisch nach x264 zu konvertieren. Die Filme haben danach nur noch ein Drittel der ursprünglichen Dateigröße. Das Script stammt im Original von Defcronyke Webmaster. Ich habe lediglich ein paar Zeilen auf meine Bedürfnisse geändert und benutze zur Konvertierung nicht den mencoder, sondern das HandBrakeCLI da ich mit der Originalversion des Scripts Probleme mit deutschen Umlauten hatte. Lest euch erstmal die Originalquelle des Scripts durch und schaut euch dann meine Version an. Dort wird auch erklärt wie man es in mythtv einbaut. Die Kommentare im Script sind größtenteils aus der Originalversion und in Englisch.

Benötigte Software:

  • MythTV (doh!)
  • HandBrakCLI

WICHTIG: Benutzung auf eigene Gefahr. Ich übernehme keine Garantie für die Funktionalität oder irgendwelche Schäden die bei der Benutzung des Scripts entstehen.

#!/bin/sh

# mythtv multi-pass auto-transcode to x264 with HandBrakeCLI, remove commercials, and delete original recording bash script
# This Script is copyright © 2010 Defcronyke Webmaster, The Eternal Void Network. 

# variables
# $1 must be the directory/file to be transcoded. (in mythtv enter: "%DIR%/%FILE%")
# $2 must be the output directory / file name. The directory must be writeable by the mythtv user (in mythtv enter: "/path/to/output-dir/%TITLE% - %PROGSTARTISO%.mkv")
# $3 must be chanid (in mythtv enter: "%CHANID%")
# $4 must be starttime. (in mythtv enter: "%STARTTIME%")
# full userjob command should look like this: /path/to/this-script/nameofyourscript.sh "%DIR%/%FILE%" "/path/to/output-dir/%TITLE% - %PROGSTARTISO%.mp4" "%CHANID%" "%STARTTIME%"

# a temporary working directory (must be writable by mythtv user)
TEMPDIR="/path/to/working/directory"

# MySQL database login information (for mythconverg database)
DATABASEUSER="youruser"
DATABASEPASSWORD="yourpassword"

# MythTV Install Prefix (make sure this matches with the directory where MythTV is installed)
INSTALLPREFIX="/usr/local/bin"

# go to correct working dir
cd $TEMPDIR

# remove commercials
$INSTALLPREFIX/mythcommflag -c "$3" -s "$4" --gencutlist
$INSTALLPREFIX/mythtranscode --chanid "$3" --starttime "$4" --mpeg2 --honorcutlist
$INSTALLPREFIX/mythcommflag --file "$1" --rebuild

# handbrake converting
HandBrakeCLI -e x264  -b 1000 -a 1 -E faac -B 128 -R 44.1 -6 dpl2 -f mp4 --crop 0:0:0:0 -d fast -p -m -2 -T -x ref=2:bframes=2:me=umh -i "$1" -o "$2"

# uncomment the following 6 lines to delete the original recorded show, associated picture files, and remove entry from database (make sure everything else works properly before trying this)
#rm $1
#rm $1.100x75.png
#rm $1.85x64.png
#rm $1.png
#echo "DELETE FROM recorded WHERE chanid='$3' AND starttime='$4';" > remove-original-recording.sql
#mysql --user=$DATABASEUSER --password=$DATABASEPASSWORD mythconverg < remove-original-recording.sql

RawTherapee – a free raw picture editor/converter

April 29th, 2010 No comments
RawTherapee

RawTherapee

a few days ago i found this very nice raw-picture editor and converter. its pretty close to what you can do with the commercial variants like adobe lightroom, apple aperture or bibblepro.
the nice thing with this piece of software is that it also supports linux systems. which from the commercial ones only bibblepro does. thumbs up! dope stuff.
you can find out more here: http://www.rawtherapee.com/?mitem=2
AND DONT FORGET to donate the author a bit.

Free your iPod with ROCKBOX

April 12th, 2007 No comments

This is a very nice software written in linux for iPods.

It’s a parallel install. Which means you can use your existing Library and the original iPod software parallel to Rockbox.

It’s themeable and has some nice features that the original iPod software doesn’t have. You can nearly customize everything and even build your own themes. The coolest thing in my opinion is that i’m not restricted to iTunes anymore to sync it. I just have to drop those mp3s in my Music folder on the iPod and i’m done. This i can do on ANY system (Mac, PC, Linux). YES ! so cool !!!

The only thing that lacks compared to the original iPod software is video playback which plays only mpgs very stuttered. But if you need video u can use the default iPod software. Maybe it gets better in some of the next versions. There are daily builds and an active community.

check it out at http://www.rockbox.org/

My iPod now looks like this:
rockbox1rockbox2rockbox3

Zope: Error Value: [Errno 28], No space left on device

February 15th, 2007 2 comments

recently i had problems with my zope.
i wasn’t able to upload big files into my zope via the manage interface or webdav.

a friend of mine showed me the solution:

open your “../bin/zopectl” with your favourite editor.
then add the line:
TMPDIR=”/path/to/your/tmpdir” (should be a place with enough space !)
then add TMPDIR to the line:
export PYTHONPATH INSTANCE_HOME SOFTWARE_HOME TMPDIR

stop and start your zope instance and be happy 😉


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tabbed terminal for all os’s

February 8th, 2007 No comments

i searched for a tabbed terminal app recently.

and found this: http://software.jessies.org/terminator/

its javabased and very nice. love it !

Archibald 2.5

September 28th, 2006 No comments

archibald screenshot

Archibald is a virtual drummer who adds improvisational touches to your drum patterns. As you build your rhythm in the step-sequencer, you assign Archibald a margin of interpretation from 0 to 100%. This margin allows for a more realistic sound, based upon the simple fact that no drummer plays two consecutive eighth notes with exactly the same tone and attack. Archibald may be a “machine,” but his interpretations may surprise you. The sampler engine which accompanies the step-sequencer uses 44.1 kHz resolution and an impressive set of realistic sounds.
The second sequencer, driving the first, allows the user to program sequences based on several bars. From Version 2.1 onward, Archibald may interface with your sequencer via Rewire technology, allowing you to mix the 7 individual outputs from within your favourite sequencing software. You may also export your work as audio, in stereo or multi-channel mode. Or use Archibald to drive any MIDI device.

check it out here

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Teleport

September 19th, 2006 No comments

teleport is a simple utility to let you use one single mouse and keyboard to control several of your Macs. Works on Panther and Tiger.

Simply reach the edge of your screen, and your mouse teleports to your other Mac!

The pasteboard can be synchronized, and you can even drag & drop files between your Macs.

teleport.jpg
After a little trying i am absolutely in love with that nifty little application.

check it at abyssoft

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djay – great free osx mixing software

August 28th, 2006 No comments

Screenshot

djay is the groundbreaking new software for Mac OS X. It takes full advantage of Apple’s latest audio and graphics technologies, and runs natively on both Intel and PowerPC processors.
It supports all common file formats, such as mp3, aiff, wav, aac, caf.
With djay you can control and mix your whole digital music collection with two realistic virtual, interactive turntables and both record and transmit the audio in real-time over the Bonjour network to other connected djays.

I tested it only with the built-in soundcard of my ibook. For full djaying functionality you need a multiple-out soundcard. The interface is really nice. You can spin the records with the mouse for prelistening to find the right place in the song and also can set markers in songs. I only played little around with it yet. But that was really fun and intuitive !

check it out here

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PicturePopPro – powerful picture viewer Finder plugin

August 10th, 2006 No comments


If you need a quick way to browse a few folders of images without starting iPhoto or some other serious photo management software, PicturePopPro just might be the Finder plugin for you. It offers right-click access to a surprisingly powerful yet slim and zippy photo browser and mini-manager. Images and directory structures can be viewed in a number of different ways, and a pop-up menu offers the ability to trash or label the image, as well as open it in its default viewer/editor (like Preview or Photoshop). This killer plugin can even be run in a full screen mode, and there are plenty of other options I haven’t even explored yet. Check out its documentation page for visual demos, keyboard shortcuts and screenshots of what this plugin is capable of.

PicturePopPro is a Universal Binary and offered as donationware from setnan.org.

via TUAW

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