For those who like to have "thumbnails" of videos

Some of us like to post webpages or ebay auctions with high quality
pictures, represented by thumbnails on the index page, to save
bandwidth of viewers who may or may not be interested in large, slow
to download images.
Some of us also like to make short videos of things.
Thumbnails of images can be made easily with ImageMagick.
I wrote a simple shell script to make "thumbnails" of video movies, by
means of creating animated gifs.
Example of such page with "movie thumbnail" is here:
formatting link

The shell script to make a "video thumbnail" is appended at the bottom.
Essentially it extracts a 10 images from a video, separated by 1
second interval, resizes them to 20% of original, and collates them
into an animated gif.
This script requires mplayer, transcode and ImageMagick, all standard
components of Linux distributions.
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#!/bin/sh
VIDEO=$1
GIF=$2
transcode -o ./-xxxx -x mplayer -y jpg -i $VIDEO --frame_interval 24 -c 1-241
convert -geometry 20\%x20\% ./-xxxx*.jpg $GIF
rm ./-xxxx*
Reply to
Ignoramus29761
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Who in their right mind would even want the extra clutter on their page? If you were even remotely serious about high quality pictures you would be using a Nikon D200 at a bare minimum. The best advice is to keep it simple.
Rita
Reply to
Rita Ä Berkow
Putting them into HTML frames would look infinitely better.
Reply to
Don Lancaster
Also knock out your backgrounds. And maybe vingette them.
Reply to
Don Lancaster
Another ignorant OT-X-post by iggy.
Ever cared to look at the header of your postings? No? I'll help you with a single line: X-Complaints-To: snipped-for-privacy@usenetserver.com
HTH, Nick
Reply to
Nick Müller
You mean a TABLE..BORDER frame or an IFRAME?
i
Reply to
Ignoramus29761
I prefer Ranch.
Reply to
Kurt
Any frameset, iFrame included, would be a display nightmare. Cute idea, but not for a page where you want to sell something.
Reply to
Kurt
You see, I can add a border for any picture, using ImageMagick (meaning that my scripts would automatically add border to the thumbnail jpegs/gifs). It is easy to do, I will experiment with it.
i
Reply to
Ignoramus29761
or just add a border in the html. sample:
This isn't easy???
Reply to
Kurt
That's also a great idea!
i
Reply to
Ignoramus29761
Hey Igor, I love you like a brother, but _please_ don't open a crosspost portal to AMOE. Those bozos, or a subset of them rather, have really wreaked havoc upon rec.collecting.coins, I'd hate to have that happen here.
Reply to
Dave Hinz
OK, will keep this in mind, I will not xpost there.
i
Reply to
Ignoramus29761
Sure it is! But what's the fun of using a properly formatted HTML in a streamlined template when you can write bloatware to do the same thing? It's amazing that the very same people who bitch about MS being bloated are the ones writing bloat for other OSs and MS.
Rita
Reply to
Rita Ä Berkow
And as old as dirt itself! As I always say, "Keep it simple" and you will be amazed at how much more impact your auctions will have.
Rita
Reply to
Rita Ä Berkow
For a ebay type auction, I'll settle for FOCUSED. Just about any camera will do. Also pick a background that doesn't mesh with item, ditch the flash, use a tripod.
Wes S
Reply to
clutch
The point is that each border should be the same size and the images should be attractively arranged.
A plain old HTML table does this beautifully.
Reply to
Don Lancaster
"Ignoramus29761" wrote > Some of us also like to make short videos of things.
As a buyer, I hate videos or animations. They're distracting and, imho, cheap-looking. They bring to mind every Tripod site someone throws together with animated gifs and squiggles and fat neon green and pink text. I have broadband, so the download is not the problem; the problem is I, and thousands of other folks, am borderline ADD, and seeing things moving in my peripheral vision while I'm trying to concentrate on text makes comprehension impossible.
They're your auctions and of course you can do anything you like, but if you're looking for feedback, there's mine, fwiw.
Reply to
Dee
Nick... Drop it. There has always been a lot more noise on rcm than on ukrme. Live with it, because you won't, ever, be able to change it. Killfile those you don't like and be selective in the threads that you read. It's a lot less of a problem with an ADSL connection than it was with a 14.4kbaud modem!
PS. How's the triangular straight edge coming on. I've had a bit of a problem with my projects... too much time at work :-(
Regards Mark Rand RTFM
Reply to
Mark Rand
Rita,
A shell script with perhaps a dozen lines is bloatware? It is in my mind an elegant use of what comes with the OS in questions (linux), and is available for *free* for other unix variants, requiring only downloading and compiling for your machine in some cases.
I know (and respect) you from another newsgroup, and am not reading this in the same newsgroup in which you are (apparently), and I think that his proposed solution is quite useful for his needs (though I disagree with putting animated images in e-Bay auctions -- they are a terrible waste of both bandwidth and CPU cycles once downloaded. I've seen some e-Bay auctions with so many animated GIFs that it was difficult to exit the page, let alone actually discover what was really being offered.
Enjoy, DoN.
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DoN. Nichols

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