iVideo: Video capture for iSight

Just came across iVideo on freshmeat. I downloaded it to see what it does, and lo and behold: it captures DV video from my iSight camera!

I just captured a short (9 second) but huge (180MB) video clip, and it looks like it’s a standard DV file (QT Player opened it – I didn’t try importing it into iMovie, but that shouldn’t be a problem).

With this and evoCam, there are a few options for iSight users to record and publish stuff from the camera.

WWDC Is Now Over. Now to implement…

First, a little haiku:

conference is over.
brain is full. too much info.
rush now to write code.

It was a completely amazing conference. King and I have been talking about some stuff that is making my head spin a bit. Seriously, this is going to take some time to sink in.

The next version of the repository is going to kick some major ass. Distributed searches. Natural language queries. Automation out the wazoo. Focussed helper apps to, well, help out…

I’m building my first Cocoa app, trying out the Panther build tools. I’m taking a stab at an ALOHA-like metadata entry application.

While I’m doing that, I’m going to rewrite the theming engine in the new repository to be composed of a set of frameworks that are based on the D2* rule system. And build a little visual rule editor/manager ala the D2* assistants.

Throw in some of the cool Flash ui widgets we just saw at SFMOMA, and this is going to be one sweet platform for sharing resources and community stuff.

Man. This is going to rock. Time to fasten the seatbelts.

WWDC Continued

WWDC continues to rock. Totally like drinking from a firehose… A LOT of info here. King and I just met with some WO folks about some issues we’ve been facing on the next version of CAREO and they were extremely helpful (thanks Andreas, Bill & Scott!!!)

Some interesting sessions this afternoon, then down to Cupertino for the Campus Bash. Should be fun. I’m bringing my camera so I’ll continue to look like the typical tourist.


We arrived at SFO just fine yesterday. Took the BART from the airport to Powell, and it turns out it was the first day for the airport leg of BART to be open. Celebrations and camera crews everywhere. Weird.

Walked around downtown SF last night. Man. Those hills are one heck of a workout. Climbed to the top of Telegraph Hill, then went to the top of Coitt Tower. Great view, but oy my legs.

Sitting in Moscone West now, getting ready for the Early Bird session on Cocoa programming. Should be interesting.

Oddly enough, the network connection from here is quite slow/intermittent. I get 100% signal strength on Airport, but it seems like we’re all sharing a 56K modem (or, perhaps, a Bluetooth connection to a cell phone?). Hoping the connectivity gets a bit faster. If not, no big deal though.

UPDATE: Just sat down in the session room (to a sweet dual 1.2GHz PowerMac with a freakin’ amazing 23 inch flat panel display…) and the net connection from there is very fast. Looks to be an issue localized to the Airport network.

Simple vs. Advanced Search

Tim Bray just posted some of his experiences in building a web search engine, and how people use simple vs. advanced search.

It’s a good (and short) read. I’ve noticed a similar pattern of usage, although I don’t have any form of statistics to back it up. Looking through the logs in CAREO, hardly anyone uses the advanced search page. I think I’ve only really used it while building/testing it… Simple search does everything I need.