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Old 18 April 2015, 04:44   #1
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Dolphins and ...

I don't often add video due to the bandwidth restrictions in this part of the world, but here's a bit of wildlife/salvage from last weekend
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OK, so that didn't work, and neither did the second effort. Can an admin just delete the thread please, I don't have the bandwidth to p about with something that doesn't work! Thanks.
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Stephen, we certainly can, and I agree with your sentiments, and am not a huge fan of the video upload feature. Generally I'd suggest YouTube (or vimeo if you have a preference) are made for the job and easy to embed here. Failing that if you stick it in drop box etc and pm me a link I will put it here for you. None of those get round the need to upload the data though (although YouTube probably have an upload tool that applies compression locally to save your upload).
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Although if it's already in a compressed format (H.264, for instance, which is what YouTube and Vimeo use to stream video, and what comes out of my point-and-shoot camera), trying extra compression doesn't usually help. Compression is removing redundant information, and most of the redundancy has already been removed by the video encoding.

I just tried gzip — which is often used to compress web pages — on a 54 megabyte video clip and it saved 1 kilobyte (a 0.001% saving!). Using Zip instead actually made it 122 bytes bigger.

They could have something to down-sample from, e.g., 1080p to 720p though.
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I squished it in media maker to about 16mb - original was 400mb. Might try again some time. I don't have a Youtube account - our total home data allowance is 3GB a month which doesn't go far with 3 PCs, an ipad and a couple of phones, so video ain't a big part of my day!
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OK, can somebody tell me how to get a Youtube video on here? I used the link from the youtube Embed function, and it initially appears, then I get a RIBnet database error, and it will appear in the window when typing but disappears when you try and preview it... aaaagh
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The easiest way is just to paste the YouTube.com/v=blah link. The server will do the rest.
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A couple of weeks ago now, but I had some company while towing a fender that I 'acquired' drifting out to sea. Lovely day for it, and always love dolphins - there are few enough boats around here that they always come to see what's going on, but it's usually a bit splashy to film with a 'dry' camera - really must buy a GoPro
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Thank you for persevering!

Was really great to watch.
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Good to see you got there in the end what did you do with that little fender!

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Great video. Where do you cruise to see them?

Do you have to avoid them or is it like driving a boat through a bunch of swans and ducks on the Thames lol.
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The fender is still looking for a new home in return for some

Dolphins - anywhere outside Stanley Harbour stands a good chance, good days and bad days, if they are about they always come charging over and you can't get rid of them - the only way to escape is wait until they are momentarily distracted and then welly it - once you get over 20 knots they can't keep up, but you need to do it fairly smartly otherwise you get extremely wet if a few jump in front of the boat as the speed comes up. They have superb spatial awareness around the boat - absolutely love being in the middle of a big and playful pod on a nice day.
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