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[personal profile] brainwane
Ashley Blewer, an archivist specializing in moving images and a software developer, created a website, "ffmprovisr", to make it easier for you to use the program ffmpeg.
FFmpeg is a powerful tool for manipulating audiovisual files. Unfortunately, it also has a steep learning curve, especially for users unfamiliar with a command line interface. This app helps users through the command generation process so that more people can reap the benefits of FFmpeg.

Each button displays helpful information about how to perform a wide variety of tasks using FFmpeg. To use this site, click on the task you would like to perform. A new window will open up with a sample command and a description of how that command works. You can copy this command and understand how the command works with a breakdown of each of the flags.

FFmpeg is a free, open source tool that works on the command line and lets you do stuff like:
  • Change codecs (transcode)
  • Change formats
  • Filter stuff
  • Create GIFs and thumbnails
  • Normalize/equalize audio
  • Read/extract captions
  • Make test patterns
  • Fix audio that's fallen out of sync
  • Join or split files
  • Play an image sequence

I have used FFmpeg recipes in the past and it's great how much it can do, especially in combination with youtube-dl which makes it easy to download video from a ton of sites -- YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, and many others. I hope other vidders find ffmprovisr helpful in their work!
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[personal profile] ghost_lingering
People who vid comics! I'm trying to figure out some source acquisition/workflow stuff and I have questions.

The comic I'm looking to vid is Saga, which is an Image Comics title. Image sells DRM free downloads, which is what I'm leaning towards using for the vid, but they have different formats available and I'm not sure which would be best for vidding purposes: PDF, ePub, & CBR/CBZ. Any recommendations? Are there any reasons why I should not use their digital files for vidding purposes and use scans instead?

I'm going to be using Adobe programs for this and the first stop will be prepping the images in Photoshop. If I go with PDFs the workflow is fairly straightforward, but I'm not as familiar with ePub or CBR/CBZ files. What would I need to do to prep/transcode those files if those are the best options?

(Also, not sure how I should tag this -- Tech: clipping? A new tag?)