Converting videos for iPod Touch

January 4, 2008 at 7:16 pm (iPhone, iPod Touch, Technical Stuffs) (, , , , , )

This article can cover for all iPods, from the first generation to iPhone. If you own an iPod that has video playback capabilities, you would have known that it supports h264 mp4 video formats and quicktime mov formats. If you’re looking for a converter, you can just use the 3GP_Converter and it works. It works for me at least…

Anyway, the basic of the 3GP_Converter is a little intimidating for non-tech savvy personnel who uses it. However, the bottom line is that it’s pretty straight forward. You choose the settings, set the output folder, then drag the file. All the work is done inside the transcoding scripts contained inside “default_setting”. If you’re a little adventurous, you can even open it and read it, it’s really very straight forward.

Here’s an example of the script, for converting iPod format videos.

[Item0]
Title=AVC QVGA/192kbps
TitleE=AVC QVGA/192kbps
FileNameMax=59
Command0=""<%AppPath%>\cores\ffmpeg" -y -maxfr 30 -i
"<%InputFile%>" title "<%Title%>" -timestamp
"<%TimeStamp%>" -bitexact -vcodec h264 coder 0
-bufsize 256 -g 250 -vlevel 13 -fixaspect -s 320x240
-b 192 maxrate 768 -qmin 2 -qmax 51 -acodec aac -ac 2
-ar 44100 -ab 48 -f pod "<%OutputFile%>.M4V""

I could explain it if you want, but that is the basic of the encoding file. This script will convert any supported formats (e.g. mpeg, 3gp, mp4, avi, mov, flv, divx etc) and output as m4v format, playable for iPod.

Video format is made up of:

  • h264 video
  • QVGA (320 x 240)
  • 30 fps
  • 192 kbps

Audio format is made up of:

  • AAC
  • 48 kbps
  • 44100 khz
  • Joint stereo

If you want to know, these commands are ffmpeg specific commands. If you’ve been using ffmpeg then you can view their commands and usage. The best thing about this program is that it allows 100% customisation of your script. You can ask me for a setting if you want, if I have the time, I can write one specifically for your needs.

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Silent Civilian (Rebirth Of The Temple) Album Review

January 4, 2008 at 3:13 pm (Band reviews, Music Reviews, Reviews) (, )

I just got my hands on Silent Civilian’s latest album. I must say, I am impressed with their songs and I’m currently listening to it.

Here’s my review.

Silent Civilian Rebirth Of The Temple

Song list:

  1. A Call To Arms
  2. Funeral
  3. The Song Remains Un-named
  4. Rebirth Of The Temple
  5. Divided
  6. Bitter Pill
  7. Force Fed
  8. Lies In The House Of Shame
  9. Wrath
  10. Dead To Me
  11. Blood Red Sky
  12. Falling Down
  13. Live Again

My favourite tracks in this album are:

  • Blood Red Sky
  • Wrath
  • Lies In The House Of Shame
  • Rebirth Of The Temple

My rating: 8.5/10. Though this album might deserve more, but it’s more about the band. They kept changing line-ups eversince their formation. But I hope they can muster proper band mates and make another album, because I’m definitely looking for one in the future.

On the footnote, if only I can meet them, probably I’ll audition myself to be their guitarist! LOL!!! 😛

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How to: Add Album Art using iTunes

January 4, 2008 at 2:37 pm (How to, Technical Stuffs) (, )

AS OF 15 MARCH 2008 I WILL NOT BE REPLYING TO THIS POST. ALL NEWER POSTS/QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED IN MY OTHER TECHNICAL BLOG AT HTTP://ASK-YUSRY-ANYTHING.BLOGSPOT.COM

The follow up entry for this post is here.

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Previously, before I have my hands onto the iPod Touch, I was using the Limited Edition Creative Zen V Plus.

Creative Zen V Plus Pink

I love it to bits. Well I’m a Pink junkie if you asked me, but in reality, this is the only pink gadget I’ve used. The thing I was attracted to was it’s Album Art functionalities. Well, I just love visual things. 🙂

So you can also add album arts to your collection of music files using iTunes. Just follow the steps here.

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iPod Touch: My Review

January 4, 2008 at 2:19 pm (iPod Touch, Reviews, Technical Stuffs) (, , , , )

iPod Touch

I’ve been dying to write a review for my iPod Touch since I got it 3 days ago. At first, I thought I wanted to put it up for sale in forums, but it turns out that this baby is too good to let go so soon.

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Album Art in iPod Touch, without iTunes account

January 4, 2008 at 2:18 pm (iPhone, iPod Touch, Technical Stuffs) (, , , , , , , )

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Taufik Batisah: MYBG

January 4, 2008 at 6:05 am (YouTube videos) (, , , , )

Though I must admit I’m not his fan, but listening to this song and his dancing is just refreshing! I’m looking forward for more stuffs from him, and if he’s able to keep up this kind of standard, then I bet the music industry in Singapore is getting brighter for him.

Now it’s time to put him on the international market!

Oh maybe an international name would work 🙂

MYBG – Lyrics

lets go
look, let me tell you bout this girl rite,
yo! i met her last week and ah i noe she wanna get down rite

(rap)
she was the kinda girl that makes it real good rite
she was the kinda girl who would dance with me all night
i’m thinking ’bout loving girl
you got that special something
put it on you just my kind, i wanna make this girl slow wind
you make me wanna say(oooohhh) girl i like your style
put it up on a down low, she’s got the body that makes you wanna
go for show, you know
she’s got that bonafide necklace on,
tell your friends you’re leaving early coz tonight it’s on

see i’ve been checking this sexy baby
she’s got the style like the girl from honey
moving that body oh round and round
i gotta the feeling she’s from outta town

looking at me now i know she want me
the type of girl who wanna get soo naughty
i like the way she’s been putting it down
i think its time to set it off
(now make your body go)

chorus
Make your body go
(make your body go)
Make your body go
let me see you work that body like
Make your body go
(make your body go)
Make your body go
let me see you work that body like

the club was hot but this pretty baby was hotter
the way she’s moving her body i gotta thank her mother
she’s looking good all alone without a bother
now what she needs is a man there right beside her
she’s turning down all the guys that come around
she needs a brother who could really put it down
Ooohhh…i like….the way you do your thing
(now make your body go)

chorus
Make your body go
(make your body go)
Make your body go
let me see you work that body like
Make your body go
(make your body go)
Make your body go
let me see you work that body like

man, just something about her
she just makes me wanna be bad but i got cha,

that’s it

(rap)
now no more Mr.Nice guy in the club
the way u looking and frontin’
i know you know i got the flava
you tryna be cool and calm
i see you sweating at the plams
as i work my way slowly to ya
dont get me wrong
i’m not tryna be rude
the way you’re moving your body you really got me
in the mood now
work your body don’t worry about a thing
all i wanna do is see you dance
(now make you body go)

chorus
Make your body go
(make your body go)
Make your body go
let me see you work that body like
Make your body go
(make your body go)
Make your body go
let me see you work that body like

i love the way you move your sexy body close to mine
work that body for me
girl i like what is see
when you put it on me
it makes me feel so sexy
let me see you work that body like

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