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Andrew (R.S Admin) @ajroach42

Okay, I have some updates on Smacker Vids.

1- The 3 minute bug is only happening with mp4 files.

2- a 2 hour and 12 minute 480p xvid avi file takes about 5 hours to smack.

3- I can smack multiple files at once without slowing things down (up to six on my machine), but I can't make individual smacks go faster.

4- 2 hours and 12 minutes at 480p turns in to 945 MB of barely watchable video at 119KBps (going to try again at a lower resolution, to see if I can get a quality boost)

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At current bitrate, that's 650mb for 90 minutes, and/or 1 film per CD at almost bearable quality, but it should play back on my Pentium and possibly also on my 486.

Going to reduce the resolution and see if I can get something better.

Was able to verify that my Pentium MMX 144 can do VCD, Cinepack, and Smacker (surprising no one.)

I'm about to test the VCD, Cinepack and Smacker files on my 75 mHz Pentium, and then I'll try an xvid file on the pentium MMX.

At some point, I'll try the smacker files on my 486DX66, and see if that's an avenue worth pursing.

Not enough data to draw conclusions yet.

@ajroach42 I miss my P166 MMX, used to master VCDs with it.

Breadbox ensemble has been installed. I'm amazed at how snappy and full features geos/breadbox is just in general.

Smacker video runs without issue on the Pentium as expected.

I'm trying to see what kind of file size reduction I can do without venturing in to unwatchable (starting with reducing the bitrate, framerate, and resolution slightly.)

It seems unlikely that smacker is going to be a viable long term option though... It gets pretty ugly if the camera is moving at all. (Not all bad with a static camera though.)

The mmx 166 did not like the xvid file I gave it, which is pretty unsurprising.

The cinepack file struggled a little bit on the older pentium. That's not surprising, it's a decent looking file, and the MMX was pegged playing it.

It almost played back on the slower pentium, so I could probably make that work with some tweaks.

The real trick, though, is going to be getting 20 minutes of watchable video to play back on a pentium from a zip disk or an ls120 drive.

If it's actually possible to do that, I'll do a video about it, and get an LS-120 drive and a zip 100 to celebrate.

But it feels unlikely that I would be able to get anything watchable to play back on such old hardware with a sub 85KBps bitrate

Did anyone ever use an ls-120 drive?

I dunno if I've ever even seen one.

Nearly my motherboards support them, but I don't think I even know what the disks look like.

@ajroach42 too rich for my past. My circles didnt have $$ like that to throw around! Stuff of dreams.

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The disks are floppy disk form factor. We bought an LS-120 drive one time but never got to install it. I liked the concept but Iomega basically crushed it with ZIp drives/disks which were a similar form factor.

@ajroach42 I never had one. I knew one moneybags who had one when they were new and hot, because he had all the latest stuff, and one person who had one years after floppies in general were out of style. Great idea, just came way too late.

They look almost exactly like a regular 3.5" floppy, except the retractable cover is trangular instead of square.

@ajroach42 I was going to send you a photo of one, because I know I have at least one purely due my unhealthy obsession with obsolete media, but it turns out that it's sealed in the original packaging, so, I'm not cracking it open.

@ajroach42 I have a drive that's been tested a couple times but not actually used. Have two disks for it as well. The drive can read/write normal 3.5" floppy disks in addition to the LS 120 disks.. This drive is PIDE interface.