Archive for August, 2005

Rotate a video file (.AVI) 90 degrees

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

When I was in New York City, I used my camera to shoot a small footage. But the video file turned out to be in the landscape mode, so I did a little research on how to rotate the video file by an angle, say 90 degrees clockwise.

  • The first thing you can try is the Windows Movie Maker in the accessories. Import the video file into the storyboard and right click to choose the “video effects”. Add “rotate 90″ to the effect, and then you can export the movie to a WMV file. The good thing here is that you don’t need to download anything, since Windows Movie Maker comes with Windows XP.
  • The other solution is that you can download a software called virtualdub. Open the video file in virtualdub, and make sure in the “video” menu you are in the “full processing mode”. Now choose “add filters” and find the “rotate” filter. After the rotate filter, don’t forget to add a “resize” filter. If your original movie is 640×480, you should set the resize filter to 480×640.

Here is the final result for a short video I took on the fifth ave. in new york city.

Maps with a great flash interface:

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

Just came across this site on the web with sleek and smooth interface based on Flash technology.
It can pull map data either from Google Maps or MSN Virtual Earth! Yes, both of the leading competitors! Now, there’s an easier way to do a back-to-back comparison.

Mac OS X Tiger on a normal PC/laptop, a reality already!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

Just got back from a vacation to Washington DC and NYC and started to wonder what happened during the two weeks that i was away.

WOW! I found this: Mac OS X Tiger now runs on a normal PC! A VMWare image of Tiger x86 is circulating on the P2P network now. It can be run inside the VMWare on any PC with Windows or Linux host systems.

These are just some preliminary tests and most of the PC hardware drivers are not supported in Tiger x86 yet. But it sounds like the reality of having OSX and Windows on a same PC is coming along faster than I expected.

For more information, you can check out this site dedicated to OSx86.