Stream your Windows desktop using ffmpeg

CLI, Codec, ffmpeg, free, MP4, Opensource, Transcoding, Video, VLC, Windows
I've already covered how to do this with vlc a while back in parts 1 followed by part 2. I just found out that something very similar in results can be done with ffmpeg. ffmpeg has recently added support for directshow filters which now allows one to capture the screen and stream and/or save it. Here is how you can do this: 1.) Grab a copy of the Screen Capture DirectShow source filter from Unreal Streaming Technologies. It's about half way down that page. They have both the UScreenCapture X86 Edition and the X64 Edition (depending on your OS installation). I used the 64 bit filter on a Windows 7 64 bit installation. 2.) Install the filter and make sure you make the following changes to your windows registry using regedit. The default frame…
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Using iCloud to sync files just like dropbox

Apple, iCloud, ipad, iPhone, iPod, iPodTouch, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server, XServe
If you didn't know, iCloud has a really neat feature that allows it to act just like dropbox. If you activate the "Document & Data" synching option in the iCloud pref panel, it allows you to sync any file using iCloud. This is contrary to what Apple is selling the service as being just for "Custom" Apps that have the iCloud feature (i.e.: keynote, numbers, etc.). So here is how you take advantage of this. Once you've turned on the feature in the preferences panel, you open up Finder. Hold down the "option/alt" key and from the finder menus choose "Go/Library". This should land you in your not so secret Library directory. You need to hold down the option key to see this, since OSX Lion hides the users Library…
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Lion Tip: Adding your digital signature to PDF files….

Apple, Macintosh, OSX
If you ever are in need of signing a PDF file, you don't need to print/sign/scan it anymore, Lion's new preview app lets you insert/sign those pdf docs in a flash. Here is how you get your signature "scanned". Use a Sharpie marker and sign your name on a plain piece of paper. Make sure it's a plain sheet of paper with nothing written on either side. Open the Preview App and go to Preferences>Signatures and Press the small + button to add a new signature. A new window will pop up with your webcam video inside. Hold up the paper with your signature in front of the camera and make sure there is enough light in the room for the camera to get a clean image Align the signature…
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Lions new Finder Tricks….

Apple, Macintosh, OSX
Now that I'm getting settled in the latest OSX, I thought I share with you a couple of finder gems that might not be obvious right from the get go: 1) You now have the ability to select multiple files in a folder and right click on them to choose "New Folder with X Selections". This will create a new folder and move the selected files into that folder. Kinda neat and makes the process of moving large number of files a bit simpler. 2) You can now "move" files and folders from one place to another. First "copy" the file/folder in question by selecting it and using the command-c shortcut. Then find the place you want to move them to and instead of using the usual command-v (which copies…
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ICAD Kinect Demos….

Arduino, Bluetooth, Canon, Computer Vision, Electronics, Gesture, Google, graphics, image recognition, Kinect, Physical Computing, Research, robotics, Ryerson University, Second Life, Technology
On May 17, 2011 Ryersons' Interactive Computing Applications and Design Group (ICAD) demonstrated their latest projects. The session starts with a demonstration of using Microsoft Kinect hardware to control a computer mouse. Next, the group shows the use of a gestural interface to control Google Earth, followed by a demo of using Kinect to control a avatar in Second Life. The session continues with a demonstration of a potential application to control a small arduino based robot over bluetooth using gestures. Following this the ICAD staff show the use of Kinect as a tracking and control mechanism for a Point-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) camera. This approach allows them to track up to five people without active trackers. The data from the Kinect camera is used to instruct the PTZ camera where to…
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Amon Tobin rocks my world….

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Well, just finished listening to the full ISAM release by Amon Tobin on SoundCloud. Wow, dynamite. If you like electronic music, you really should check this out. The one aspect that stood out for me was his use of SoundCloud's commenting system to create a commentary captioning "trail" throughout the performance. This got me thinking, why can't we have a system that allows music file "links" be posted to twitter and then have the backend service cull all the people listening to that piece of music and grab their comments via hash tags/RSS in real time and interleave it for all the "participants" in each of the "shared" music spaces. Neato, new term....."Shared Realtime Collaborative Music Experience". Time for someone to "make an app for that" :-). BTW, major credit…
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NAB2011 – Flying Carpets, Tufas and Castles in the desert….

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Just got back from NAB2011 in Vegas and this year lots of crazy/fun stuff happened. We setup our booth on Saturday and a bunch of us decided to go for BBQ in the desert, so we rented a car packed up our two crappy coolers and headed out to Red Rock Canyon. The Canyons were as awesome as usual. We had a late lunch/dinner and (surprisingly) ended up seeing a lot of wildlife around the place. Next, we went through NAB, which is always fun. On thursday (last day) we took off around 2:30pm and started our trip around the sierras. We had intended to get to Tonopah, NV by around 18:00'ish, but had a bit of run in with a flying carpet on I-95 North. This thing flew off…
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Recent photo shoots with Toronto Strobist Group….

Flickr, Photography, TSG
It's been a while since I've posted a photo post, so here is a newish one from a couple of recent shoots with TSG (Toronto Strobist Group). First a sample from our Holiday 2010 shoot (Full flickr set can be viewed here). Next is the Stroboscopic shoot which was a lot of fun (Full flickr set can be viewed here). The final set is from a quick get together with a couple of the members to try and produce a sport/jogging commercial photo (Full flickr set can be viewed here).
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