Post #536

A short film of the puppies in the garden

25th February 2005, early evening | Comments (28)

This is maybe the fourth time the puppies have been let outside to play, but the first time they’ve ventured into the woods. They seemed to enjoy it, and we certainly had a lot of fun watching them mess about.

So, ahem, where's the video?

Hmm, well, I’m afraid that I got a bit carried away with making it and no matter how hard I try to compress the thing it's still far too large to put in a web page (the original files totaled 24GB).

As a consequence I’m sorry to say that the only way you can see the video is by visiting my new (and un-styled) download site and getting your BitTorrent-groove on.

If you're BT-savvy then you should be fine, just click on the .torrent link. If you've no idea what BitTorrent is then click on the link marked “Easy Download” and follow the instructions. I’m informed that it should all just work. If you become totally lost then leave a comment below and I’ll try to help you.

Some things to note about the video and the download site

Firstly: if anyone’s interested to know how I got the ground-level shots, I filmed it by fixing my iSight to the end of a stick and then dangling it one or two centimetres off the floor as I walked along (stick in left hand, laptop in right hand). It allowed me to get a very different perspective on things without having to bend over and crawl along the ground.

Secondly: the new download section is powered by BlogTorrent, a simple BitTorrent tracker, so you can host your own giant files without killing your server or burning your bandwidth. Check it out.

And thirdly: if you do download the .torrent, help me out and leave your BT client running for a bit so other people can get the file. Thanks very much.

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  1. Mathias Bynens:

    I'm still downloading, and it goes pretty fast. 9 seeders, 15 downloaders at this time.

    "[...] my new (and un-styled) download site [...]" That's not what I call "unstyled", it's got a CSS!

    Posted 1 hour, 41 minutes after the fact
  2. Simon Willison:

    That was well worth the download :)

    Posted 3 hours, 51 minutes after the fact
  3. Morgan Doocy:

    Can I just say that these are incredibly cute? Thanks for documenting the pups growth like this, it's been great to watch. This one especially, seeing them venture outside for the very first time. Great stuff.

    By the way, how did you film this one? Did you rig up your camera with a pole attachment, or just stoop over a lot?

    Posted 5 hours, 5 minutes after the fact
  4. Morgan Doocy:

    Grr. RTFA. Never mind about the camera question.

    /me dons dunce cap

    Posted 5 hours, 9 minutes after the fact
  5. Si:

    Wow. It's official - watching puppies having difficulty getting up steps is officially the cutest thing I have ever seen. Kudos!

    Posted 5 hours, 16 minutes after the fact
  6. Scott:

    Hey Dunstan, how did you set up the URL:

    with "download" taking the place of "www"

    Posted 7 hours, 5 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  7. Margaret:

    oh! those puppies are so cute! I didn't think it was possible, but they very well might be cuter than when they were born! if this trend continues, you might have to be careful with them; they could cause blood sugar levels in diabetic people to spike dangerously high :). BTW, have you decided what to do with them yet? I'm sure puppies, puppies everywhere gets old after a while.

    Posted 7 hours, 46 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  8. Dunstan:

    Scott, it's called a sub-domain and you use your server admin panel to set them up. If you don't know how to do that then ask your hosting company, they'll tell you (they might also say you can't do it, it depends on how much you pay/how nice they are).

    Posted 18 hours, 47 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Scott
  9. Dunstan:

    We're going to keep either Squeak or Dotty, we've managed to sell Lotty, and we have a buyer for either Patch or Scrap (they've still to decide).

    We did think about keeping all of them and just making them sleep in very small boxes to keep them miniature, but apparently that's illegal, so...

    Posted 19 hours, 35 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Margaret
  10. Joe:

    You should keep all of the little cute things. My old cat had two sets of kittens, first batch was 5 of them, second was 4.

    The first ones we're really tiny, all black apart from one grey one. The second ones were really healthy(chubby and fluffy), and all grey.

    I would love to have a puppy, but we're not allowed one in the household at the moment.. Anyway, downloading the movie as I blabber. I expect it to make me think "awwwww, sooo cute!!".

    Posted 20 hours, 34 minutes after the fact
  11. Heather:

    I can't stand the cuteness. There was a very good chance, that upon viewing the video, my head would explode, much to the consternation of my fellow employees. Thank you Dunstan. It will be my "happy place" movie.

    Posted 20 hours, 36 minutes after the fact
  12. Kitta:

    Coming soon to Apple...

    The iStick.

    Simply place your iSight on the iStick for ground-level shots of puppies and shoes. Only $29.95 - Comes in a variety of stick like colours, including "I can't believe it's not wood".

    Posted 20 hours, 42 minutes after the fact
  13. Stian:

    Great video, Dunstan. What version of Up With People is that? I thought I had every Lambchop album, but I can't say I've ever heard that one before. Sounds like a mighty fine version.

    Posted 1 day, 4 hours after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  14. Dunstan:

    It's the Zero 7 mix, off an album called Acoustic 3.




    Posted 1 day, 4 hours after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Stian
  15. Alf:

    Great video! What did you use to record the video from the iSight?

    Posted 2 days, 11 hours after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  16. Dunstan:

    I used iVeZeen:

    It's an excellent little program, and so simple even my parents can use it without trouble.

    Posted 2 days, 17 hours after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Alf
  17. Alistair Lattimore:

    The scene with the little plastic pot, fantastic!

    Posted 2 days, 17 hours after the fact
  18. Kev Hamm:

    Dunstan, nice video, and really a great way to start a Monday morning. (Shouldn't that be 'Monday mourning'? need coffee... anyway....) I especially like the orange Crocs that someone was wearing - I have a pair myself, in orange of course, and love them. As for the puppies, they are just SO. DARN. CUTE. I must acquire cute puppies at some point, as it will help my blog.

    Anyway, I was wondering what you used for compression? I've run the video through QuickTime and gotten it down to just over 31 MB. I have the file and can put it on a server if you want to see it. I also have the settings I used in QT that I used, and nothing I used requires additional purchases beyond QT Pro

    Posted 2 days, 21 hours after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  19. Dunstan:

    Kev, I realised last night that I boobed in making this film -- when I imported the uncompressed QT files into iMovie HD I didn't select iSight, but something different.

    I've been wondering why the image is all pixelated and now realise it's because of that error, I guess that's also why the file size is higher than it should be -- I was striving to achieve a quality that would normally be attainable at greater compression rates, but wasn't available in this case because of my formatting mistake.

    I'll try running the file though QT Pro myself and see what comes out... or I might just rebuild the whole project using the correct format in iMovie.

    Thanks for the tip though, much appreciated.

    Posted 2 days, 22 hours after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Kev Hamm
    Inspired: ↓ Kev Hamm
  20. Kev Hamm:

    One thing I have found is that the Sorenson 3 codec is usually the best. And while, yes, you can fidget with the initial settings, I don't bother, as the exporting is where it's crucial, and getting the files in the computer with as much data as possible is much easier to deal with. That said, I exported using the Sorenson 3 codec, same size as your video, with 24 fps, 480 frames between keyframes and limited the data rate to 64 kbps. You can leave out the keyframes setting and just use the limited data rate, and you should still get a clean export, but sometimes you end up with keyframes stretched out too long and you lose too much clarity.

    By the way, everyone here at work has loved the video.

    Posted 2 days, 23 hours after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan
  21. Joe:

    I did wonder whilst watching the video, how smooth everything was.. makes the video easier to watch.

    It'd be almost impossible to watch otherwise, because of the little things jumping and running at the screen all the time.

    Though I don't blame them, I mean, look at their cute faces, how could you be mad at that?

    Posted 3 days, 1 hour after the fact
  22. Nathan Logan:

    I just wish the file was downloadable somewhere without installing other software... I've really enjoyed the other movies.

    Posted 3 days, 4 hours after the fact
  23. Ian Lloyd:

    There comes a time, Dunstan, when you have to lay off the Apple gear and go back to 'old-fashioned' technology. Like a camcorder (strapped to the end of a stick, naturally). There I was thinking how good an idea using the iSight on the end of a stick was until I re-scanned through the page, thinking to myself "Hang on, how was he recording it?". Carrying your laptop, your iSight and dangly wires around woods in slippery cold Dorset winter weather with little pups that have a tendency to get under ones feet? Are you mad, sir?! Sounds like an accident waiting to happen! All I can say is that I can't wait to see the Applecare claim form when you and Powerbook (plus accessories) go for a Burton in the name of art ;-) Gotta admire your dedication, though Mr Orchard

    Posted 4 days, 18 hours after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Kev Hamm
  24. Kev Hamm:

    I hadn't really thought of that, as I'm wont to strap a $3k camera to my shoulder and plummet down a mountain at high rates of speed with low amounts of control. But what can I say, gravity is definitely on my side then. I'm wondering if Apple is going to add video recording abilities to the iPod. While I don't ever have a desire to watch anything on small screens like that, I think it would be great fun to have an iSight&iPod guerilla shooting unit. Perhaps Dunstan can bring it up in a meeting...

    Posted 5 days, 10 hours after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Ian Lloyd
  25. Angela Wilson:

    That is awesome video! Well done!

    Posted 1 month, 1 week after the fact
  26. Lisa Giovanni:

    I totally agree with Alistair. The scene with the little plastic pot is the best!

    Posted 3 months after the fact
  27. Florida VJ:

    very cute :)

    Posted 11 months, 1 week after the fact
  28. Yop:


    Posted 1 year, 2 months after the fact

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