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An Old Video (FEAR – Stolen Kills)

I’ve been posting a fair number of videos to another blog for the folk I play games with (including the other MIA author of posts on this blog Kenny). It’s a good way to relive some moments and also a way for me to practice my cutting and splicing skills.

Long story short, I encoded an updated version of a video I created about three and a half years ago. The old one was small resolution and tiny bitrate. This version is full (source) resolution and a relatively insane bitrate.

FEAR – Stolen Kills (pop-out player if you have JS enabled, non pop-out version here)

Synopsis: I shoot Kenny in the back (with friendly fire on) and I’m rewarded with two kills. Obviously a sounds strategy!

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Extract A Single Image From A Video Using FFMPEG

Update: Still using this 8 years later, but in the form of a quick script, which is useful if you are doing it more than once

Dead handy, this:

ffmpeg -ss 0.5 -i inputfile.mp4 -t 1 -s 480x300 -f image2 imagefile.jpg

The various options:

  • -vframes 1: limit to 1 frame extracted
  • -ss 0.5: point of movie to extract from (ie seek to 0.5 seconds; you can also use HH:MM:SS.ZZZZ sexagesimal format)
  • -s 480x300: frame size of image to output (image resized to fit dimensions)
  • -f image2: forces format

I use this to generate preview stills for jwplayer to use. Dead handy!

Edit: Thanks to DieBagger who pointed out it is much faster to place the seek argument before the input file, and Matthias his point about the seek time.

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Stewart and Colbert Vs O’Brien

Kinda funny, kinda whimsical. Good for a couple of laffs.