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Teardown: Philips BDP2180/79 3D Blu-ray Player with Stuck Tray

Around three or four years ago, coincident with my purchase of a 3D TV, I decided to buy a Blu-ray player. I decided to opt for a 3D capable unit, so as to have something to watch on the new … Continue reading

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Happy New Year: Sydney Fireworks Broadcast Side-by-Side Comparison

Happy New Year! Lets start this year off by taking a look at the new year’s eve fireworks broadcast. This year, just like last year, the televised transmission of the Sydney Harbour new year’s eve fireworks was done by the … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 4 – Lighting & AV Stuff

The salvages continue with lighting and AV related equipment. Of course, some of this isn’t that useful nowadays, but it’s more interesting from a “wish fulfillment” and philosophical perspective. Lighting (with Philosophical “Light-Bulb” Moments) It’s no big secret that LED … Continue reading

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Video Glitching: DRM Encryption

I will start just by saying that I’m not a person that has practiced the glitch art form, but having been exposed to some examples of it, it’s not hard to recognize it. The difference is that this particular glitch … Continue reading

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Video Compression: x264 CRF Generational Loss Testing

Having been involved in some way with video capture and editing from the late 90’s onwards, something we have always been taught is to avoid lossy formats for capture and editing due to the problem of generational loss. Put simply, … Continue reading

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Video Codec Tests: x264 CRF vs enc_qsv CQ vs x265 CRF in Handbrake 0.10.5

After my earlier attempt to do some codec comparisons, I realized that something went grossly wrong with the “difficult case” clip. Specifically, it was an interlaced video clip which I wanted to use, and I naturally assumed that interlaced encoding … Continue reading

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Video Compression Testing: x264 vs x265 CRF in Handbrake 0.10.5

Having played around with video since I had a few multimedia CD-ROMs and a BT878-based TV tuner card, video compression is one area that has amazed me. I watched as early “simple” compression efforts such as Cinepak and Indeo bought … Continue reading

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Teardown: Sony MP90 Video8 Cassette (and other cassettes)

We come to the end of a line of cassette-inspired posts with an examination of Video8 cassettes. These were the consumer-favourite which succeeded VHS-C in portable applications, being smaller and allowing for longer duration recording while providing a similar level … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: My Collection of MiniDV Cassettes

Seeing as I broke inside of a Mini DV cassette earlier, and found little of interest, maybe it was time for me to admire the various different exteriors from different brands. Here is my collection of cassettes. Panasonic Panasonic’s consumer … Continue reading

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Teardown: Fuji DVM60 MiniDV Cassette

The teardown train keeps rolling along, with this post focusing on MiniDV, a format of metal evaporate cassette used for recording DV (standard definition), DVCAM and HDV (high definition) formats. This compact tape is 1/4″ wide, has a recording bitrate … Continue reading

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Teardown: Sony BCT-124HDL Large HDCAM Cassette

The second victim of my teardown series is a large format HDCAM cassette. HDCAM is a high definition digital video version of Betacam, introduced in 1997, utilizing a bitrate of 144Mbit/s and a 1440×1080 recording resolution with chroma subsampling. This … Continue reading

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Fix: Soft-subtitles cause video to stutter in MPC-HC

Soft-subtitles are a wonderful invention. Basically they’re just a set of scripts with the subtitle text, some timing information, and in some formats, some formatting and animation options. It’s up to your computer to render this and overlay it over … Continue reading

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Review: Xiaoyi (Yi) Action Camera (YDXJ01XY) & Waterproof Case (BGX4004RT)

In recent years, the popularity of action cameras have skyrocketed with the success of GoPro’s offerings finding their way into hands of adventurous sportspeople, motorsport enthusiasts, skydivers, scuba divers, drone operators and even broadcasters. The breakthrough was in the compact … Continue reading

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Radio: Monitoring the 2015 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on HF Radio

The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is an annual event, starting on Boxing Day (26th December), racing a distance of around 1170km from Sydney, NSW to Hobart, TAS, Australia. This race is considered one of the most difficult yacht races … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: How many ways can you use your ZIP disk?

Preformatted ZIP disks are known to have come with promotional advertising in the form of an executable file. In the ZIP 100 era, the cartridges came with this applet. The recently salvaged ZIP 250 came with a much later applet … Continue reading

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Experiment: Circular Quay Timelapse (14 Aug 15)

Around three weeks ago, on a Friday, I was feeling a little bored at home, so I decided to take advantage of the good weather and head out to do some experimental time-lapse photography. After all, I did have a … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Sevenoak SK-EBH01 Electronic Ball Head

Time lapses have a very interesting effect in the way they compress time, allowing the viewer to observe things that may happen very slowly over a long time which would be impractical to witness in real-time, or to appreciate the … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Freetronics LeoStick (XC4266) Arduino Compatible Board

Just this week, I was gifted a Freetronics LeoStick from a colleague at the university, so I decided to take a look at it over the weekend. This particular unit seems to be distributed by Jaycar under catalogue number XC4266 … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: AverMedia C875 Live Gamer Portable HDMI Capture Box (GL710)

When HDMI was conceived, it was to be the one style of connection you would need around your home media centre to carry video, audio, remote control signals and even Ethernet. While it was digital, and hence loss-free under normal … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 6: Being a Tourist – Big Bus Tour (Part 1)

So far, my holiday has involved much time staying inside the hotel, resting my temperamental ankles and looking at various transmissions on the air. Time was running out, and I really had to make the most of my time in … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 3: Hong Kong Free-to-Air DTMB Analysis

What does somebody do when they’re in a room and want to relax for a bit? They watch television, of course! Having lived the majority of my life in Australia, it also provides the double-benefit of allowing me to soak … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 2: Around the Hotel & Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui

It might seem a little bit strange that the story of my trip is being told in a (slightly) non-chronological order. Initially I would have loved for it to be in order, but then I decided that it would be … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 1: A View from the Room

For business or for pleasure? Both. Or maybe none. We’ll see. I don’t generally go on many overseas holidays, but starting off with what is (I’m led to believe) probably one of the most cliché phrases to do with holidays … Continue reading

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My Last DSE Kit: The Story of How I Got into Electronics

Since I’ve started the blog, the majority of my posts have always focused on the technical aspects of different products and items. But increasingly, I feel, it’s also valuable to provide a personal perspective to the posts, so I have … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Symantec Iomega Zip Rescue Promotional Video

In my spring cleaning, I’ve been tossing out a lot of old optical discs, but not without giving them a quick check to see if there’s any files I’d want to keep. I came across the Symantec Iomega Zip Rescue … Continue reading

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Salvaged: Canopus EZDV PAL PCI Card

Another one of my salvages. It’s rare that I see one of these – this is a Canopus EZDV PAL capture/encode card. You would think that with a miniDV camera that it would be as simple as plugging it into … Continue reading

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About HF Radio and the Sydney to Hobart Skeds

[Note: This is a video-heavy post – it’s probably most interesting to watch the Sounds of HF video and parts of the actual sked (last video). The other videos are included just in case somebody wants to watch them …] … Continue reading

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Youtube Rewind 2012 Australia – Easter Eggs!

A friend of mine referred me to this video last night: While watching it, on the last frame, I noticed this icon in the top right corner … … it’s an Easter Egg! Buried in the video above, there are … Continue reading

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