Heather Preston
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Making the available videos work with your system

This is a continuation of an attempt to give newcomers to fulldome some useful information so that they can swim rather than sink. For some reason, there isn't all that much out there for people who are just starting out -- there's more for people who are already immersed in making videos themselves. So with planetarium folks who have not done their own video processing much in mind, here are the tools I've found in the last 18 months that have been useful: FFMPEG is very powerful.VSDC Free…See More
Mar 19, 2016
Heather Preston posted a blog post

Editing Software... can't afford a Creative Cloud....

Now I just need to find editing software that has enough instructions to be usable, and that a struggling 501(c)(3) nature center can afford. If anyone else needs assistance being a noob, glad to share whatever experience I've got so far!See More
Nov 20, 2015
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"Have everything running via free software or shareware on Windows now. Can do the complete conversions mp4 --> m2v +ogg for use with MG2."
Mar 2, 2015
Heather Preston posted a blog post

MediaGlobe 2: OK, frame rate is 30 fps. Problem was audio sampling rate. Fixed now.

Yesterday I wrote about the problem with obtaining mp4-formatted fulldome features, which is that to play them as mp4s I'd have to play them on my laptop with the fisheye projector set up as an extended desktop (a bit fiddly since the commands to start and so forth are visible on the dome -- although another planetarian says he uses fade to hide the commands in between features). Besides which, I keep my laptop with me rather than leaving it lying about at the planetarium, and there are…See More
Jan 3, 2015
Heather Preston posted a blog post

Beginner's Journey Into Fulldome

In September I became a planetarium director. It made sense, I'm a professional astronomer and have run shows using a couple of different Spitz projectors and even an old Zeiss. This was my first fisheye fulldome experience. Should be straightforward, right? The fulldome projector is offset from the dome center, however, because the Spitz is still in residence in its doghouse in the geometric center of the 44' dome.The projector is a JVC SX21 D-ILA (native 1400x1050) so the "1K" circular image…See More
Jan 2, 2015

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Making the available videos work with your system

This is a continuation of an attempt to give newcomers to fulldome some useful information so that they can swim rather than sink. For some reason, there isn't all that much out there for people who are just starting out -- there's more for people who are already immersed in making videos themselves. So with planetarium folks who have not done their own video processing much in mind, here are the tools I've found in the…

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Posted on March 19, 2016 at 6:00pm

Editing Software... can't afford a Creative Cloud....

Now I just need to find editing software that has enough instructions to be usable, and that a struggling 501(c)(3) nature center can afford. If anyone else needs assistance being a noob, glad to share whatever experience I've got so far!

Posted on November 20, 2015 at 6:21pm

MediaGlobe 2: OK, frame rate is 30 fps. Problem was audio sampling rate. Fixed now.

Yesterday I wrote about the problem with obtaining mp4-formatted fulldome features, which is that to play them as mp4s I'd have to play them on my laptop with the fisheye projector set up as an extended desktop (a bit fiddly since the commands to start and so forth are visible on the dome -- although another planetarian says he uses fade to hide the commands in between features). Besides which, I keep my laptop with me rather than leaving it lying about at the planetarium, and there are…

Continue

Posted on January 3, 2015 at 2:30am

Beginner's Journey Into Fulldome

In September I became a planetarium director. It made sense, I'm a professional astronomer and have run shows using a couple of different Spitz projectors and even an old Zeiss. This was my first fisheye fulldome experience. Should be straightforward, right? The fulldome projector is offset from the dome center, however, because the Spitz is still in residence in its doghouse in the geometric center of the 44' dome.

The projector is a JVC SX21 D-ILA (native 1400x1050) so the "1K"…

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Posted on January 2, 2015 at 12:00am

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