Last night a pair of young moose showed up in our driveway. Andrea and I went out on the deck and shot some iPhone video of their antics. At one point (see the video below) Deuce went over to the fence and the moose ran over to check him out. It was clear that Deuce was trying to play, but I’m not sure what the moose were thinking.
The iPhone shoots QuickTime movies; the new HTML5 web standard will include a
video tag that indicates to a browser that the file is a video. Firefox 3.5 is the first browser to implement this tag, playing Ogg Theora videos without needing an external video plug-in like Flash or Silverlight or whatever. This is a good thing because it means web developers can stop developing their sites with a bunch of proprietary languages and formats just to show a video.
Unfortunately, getting a QuickTime video from the iPhone into the right format is a bit of a pain, and even after I got it all figured out, the video wouldn’t play once I uploaded it to my hosting provider. But in case it’s useful, here’s the procedure I used. I suspect the
ffmpeg2theora step could probably have been done on my Mac, but it doesn’t appear to be part of
fink so I just installed it on my Linux box and ran it there.
- Drag MOV file onto the New Event icon in the upper left pane of iMovie
- Crop and select time period in the movie in the middle frame
- Create a new project (which appears in the lower left pane)
- Drag the selection from the upper middle frame to the lower middle frame
- Export the movie at Medium quality
- Transfer to Linux
- Run ffmpeg2theora -v 5 -x 350 --aspect 16:9 moose_test.m4v (choosing the proper aspect ratio and size)