Video transcoding with FFmpeg

Using the FFmpeg command line to convert MP4, OGV, and WebM video.

This quick guide goes through some of the details on how we convert some video using FFmpeg. Video conversion is really important for those who are hosting their own files and not relying on a third party site such as YouTube or Vimeo because you are looking for the most compatible video standards that offer the best quality at the lowest bandwidth so that no only your server is happy but the users that visit your site. FFmpeg is awesome in respects that since it’s open-source it’s a binary that can be compiled on a remote server that you own and begin converting videos on the spot if necessary and if you have the CPU power to do it. You could even run FFmpeg on a Raspberry Pi if you wanted to wait a few years for the results!

The real drawback is FFMpeg is pure command line with no GUI which may scare some people away. We have other blog articles talking about GUI video conversion later on for those who are interest.

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Ouya and AOSP Android 5.0 Kodi Krypton

Keeping your Ouya alive with Android 5.0

I wished that the Android 5.0 scene on the Ouya matured a little more prior to making this tutorial. Upon originally doing the CyanogenMod tutorial. I came to the realization of being hit with walls of bugs, questions, and comments which most of them I frankly couldn’t answer. However, with the crushing progression of Kodi/XBMC moving onwards towards v17 Kryption. People are asking for a tutorial on how to make their Ouya still relevant.

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GIMP using thermal printed labels

Using GIMP for some sweet thermal printer action.

GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. In this little tutorial we’re going to show you that you don’t need to purchase a stupidly expensive program in order to print labels on your thermal printer! That we are just going to use one free (yet incredibly powerful) photo editing program.

Previously, Previously

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Razer Deathadder Chroma 2014 mouse repair

Now a Razer Mouse has appeared on my bench!

It is fitting that right after repairing a Razer Keyboard that there is now a mouse to go with it. Yes ladies and gentlemen along with all of the boys at sea. We now have a Razer Deathadder Chrome 2014 edition mouse. We will be diagnosing and disassembling it. Hopefully repairing it!

Note: The model of the razer mouse is: RZ01-0121

Read on if you want to see more!

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Make WordPress default to WebM first. MP4 and OGV last!

WordPress does not want to default to WebM out of the box.

Since I did a blog about WebP minus well do one about WebM. As some of you may know that I run a hybrid video/regular blog we use WebM because it’s the latest and greatest. Back when I was running with the Angular theme that included its own version of MediaPlayer.js and all was good because the WebM files were being referenced first and foremost. That changed when I reverted back to a more standard WordPress theme that relied on the out-of-the-box MediaPlayer.js which is totally fine except for one problem.

Default WordPress HTML5 video player grabs MP4’s first. Not WebM.

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Razer Blackwidow Chroma 2014 keyboard repair

Mechanical keyboard repair fun with the Razer Blackwidow Chroma 2014 edition.

Well, the day finally happened where it is time to service a Razer Blackwidow Chroma 2014 edition keyboard. For those who don’t know what this type of keyboard is Razer makes a mechanical keyboards with the probable slogan “by gamers for gamers.” It sounds so pretentious that they had to defend that statement in Popular Mechanics. However! My article is not going to bash the Razer keyboard because in this case it was not Razers fault. During this article you will see the tear-down, diagnostics and repair of just one Razer Blackwidow Chroma 2014 keyboard.

Program complete enter when ready. Read on!

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Photoshop and Thermal Label Printing

How we use labels when printing with thermal printers around the home/office.

A while back I did an article about thermal printer repair and I want to show you how I actually use it with printing labels. In the previous article I was mostly focusing on what to look for when you’re going through old equipment and how to repair some of these older but great machines and all of the common defects that I have seen throughout the years. I still have my thermal printers and I use them for Ebay. Lately, I had a reader e-mail me asking me what thermal programs do I use to print the labels that I do?

Well, you’re in luck. Because I want to show you how to make a terminal printer work for you.

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Fixing my HP ScanJet 6300c FlatBed Scanner

My ScanJet 6300c had some minor issues but we’re back online.

I just want to show you some quick pictures and guide on how I fixed my Hewlett Packard (HP) ScanJet 6300c to be as good as new again. The unit is approaching 16 years of age and is no longer officially supported by HP due to a planned obsolescence model that many newer companies now adopt. (some would say that HP was the leader in making hardware useless in a matter of years.) Perhaps that’s being a little too hard on a company. I scan a lot of physical copies of art sketches as you can plainly see by going to the sketches section of my site. 

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Li-Ion batteries in game controllers.

Li-Ion Batteries and multiple game controllers.

Okay, I have already done a Li-Ion Batteries in a controller article just dedicated to the Xbox controller. We’re pleased to report that despite the only controller in our house. Which was an original launch Xbox 360 controller. That the Li-Ion Battery packs have been operational.

But what about a simpler non-destructive approach to using Li-Ion batteries? Not just in Xbox controllers but in all other controllers? Well, read on if you would like to know more about this.

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USB power station for projects

Power station for all of my USB needs wants and desires.

This blog is about the power station that took about 3 hours of assembly and costs under $10 by the time everything is said and done. Sometimes these are called “Dumb USB” as they don’t behave like a USB hub but just the basics such as power flow and that’s it.

As you know I play with a lot of devices that require 5dvc. Simply go through my guides and blog and you’ll see that the quality of the power supply can sometimes make or break whatever project that I’m working on . Since I had a lot of parts from the many projects I have done I decided to make a USB power station for all of my charging needs. Something that can easily deliver 3amps while still maintaining the voltage at around 5vdc (I have it set for 5.10vdc to anticipate voltage drop under load and it’s where a lot of cel-phone chargers sit at).

More below.

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