[IAEP] Read Etexts Videos available

Caroline Meeks caroline at solutiongrove.com
Thu Aug 20 19:17:33 EDT 2009

Hi James,
This is good! But it would be better with music and annotations.

I know we want to be using daily motion because it doesn't use Flash.

But YouTube looks like it has tools that makes what we want to do much
easier.  Adds music with guaranteed usage rights and annotations.  I wonder
if we can add those things on YouTube, then download it as MP4 and upload to


On Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 10:47 AM, Jim Simmons <nicestep at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dave and David,
> Yesterday I did a screen capture of Read Etexts in action, then fired
> up Kino to edit it and add title cards.  The results are not awful,
> but perhaps could be improved with better editing software.  I have
> posted the original capture in Ogg Video format, plus my finished
> product which is an AVI using Xvid and Mp3 for video and audio
> encoding.  The URL is:
> http://people.sugarlabs.org/jdsimmons/
> My original capture was of Sugar running at 800x600.  I had originally
> tried capturing at 1000x600, but when Kino imports the Ogg Video it
> resizes everything to 640x480 (I think) and does not preserve the
> aspect ratio.  As a result the Activity ring becomes an ellipse
> instead of a circle.  I had to modify Read Etexts to work better in
> 800x600 than it did originally.  Unfortunately, when Kino resizes the
> capture it makes the text on the captured screens hard to read.  We
> could probably live with this if we had to, but I'm hoping that Dave's
> Final Cut Pro might do a better job resizing the video.
> I think my editing job is reasonably good.  I had originally had a
> "The End" title card on this that got lost somehow.
> If Kino would support it I would have liked to have added a musical
> background.  Ever since I saw Flash Gordon serials as a child I've
> been partial to Listz's "Les Preludes".  The music is in the public
> domain, but I doubt I could find a performance of it that is.  I could
> get around this by recording myself playing it on a kazoo.  I think
> you'd need more than one kazoo to really do it justice, though.
> Anyway, have a look at the two videos and see what you think.
> James Simmons

Caroline Meeks
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