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  • richardmitnick 10:17 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Recording Jazz Video from You Tube 

    Recording Jazz Video from You Tube

    I just finished recording from You Tube and editing Omnibus – Bernstein on Jazz broadcast October 16, 1955 on CBS television.

    So, here is how to get for yourself some really important video on the subject(s) of Jazz.

    There is an excellent video download tool available for Firefox browser from Mozilla Corporation. You can download as Flash video, or .mp4 video. I suppose that Flash might be a better reproduction, But .mp4 is much more useful. When a video in in .mp4, you can load it into Zune, maybe iPod. One can play it in Windows Media Player, Winamp, VLC, whatever is your player of choice.

    The problem with You Tube is that videos are basically limited to 9 or ten minutes. So, what to do to get a single whole video file?

    Go to AVS4You, pay a nominal price and get AVS Video Converter 6. With this really neat little piece of software you can do all sorts of editing of videos. I use it to merge You Tube videos. I also us it to edit out commercials from programs I record from Cable TV.

    The Bernstein program is in five parts. I downloaded it in .mp4. Then, I took the five files and merged them in the proper order with AVS Video Converter 6. I am watching and listening (peripheral vision) on another computer as I write this post. I have not noticed any discontinuity as the final video goes from section to section .

    I did this procedure and wrote about it previously with The Sound Of Miles Davis from 1959 which I missed on WLIW televison because of an error in a newspaper listing.

    I highly recommend this whole process. There is tons of great Jazz video on You Tube, all in little chunks.
    If you do not have Firefox, it is worth installing it just for this purpose.

  • richardmitnick 3:28 pm on July 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Save You Tube Videos in .mp4 

    Save You Tube Videos in .mp4

    Yesterday, WNYC celebrated its 85th anniversary, with an elaborate production from the Jerome L Greene Performance Space.

    One of the pieces performed was George Antheil’s Ballet Mechanique. I have long had the score. It is a classic. But, I did not have Ferdinand Leger’s film of the same name.

    Recently, You Tube has made available for viewing and listening “HQ” (high quality) videos. So, I went looking and, sure enough, I found a two part collection of the film. You Tube has a time restriction, so many good videos are presented by their fans in parts.

    You can now download the HQ videos and then stitch them together seamlessly, with the following software:

    First, go to this site and get this bookmark. Just drag it up to your Bookmarks (or Favorites) Tool Bar for easy access.

    Then go to AVS4you and get AVS Video Converter 6. This is not free, but the AVS license for all of their products is cheap. With AVS Video Converter 6, you can merge the videos into one seamless production for your viewing pleasure in WMP11, VLC, or Zune.

    The last film for which I used these pieces of software was The Sound of Miles Davis. I have also stitched together the five parts of a 45 minute film about the Large Hadron Collider that I missed on the Science Channel. I think that I have done a couple of other films the same way, all with excellent results.

    If you do any, if you have any questions or problems, just let me know and I will try to help.

  • richardmitnick 2:57 pm on May 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Hearts of Space Gave me a New View of Jon Hassell 

    Hearts of Space Gave me a New View of Jon Hassell

    Hearst of Space

    One April 24, 2009, Hearts of Space presented Program 873: “More Ambient Cool”. The first offering was by the trumpeter Jon Hassell, “Last Night The Moon Came Dropping its clothes in the street”, from a new album of the same name.

    Last Night

    I really liked the piece. I have previously had very little contact with Mr Hassell’s music, I think just the albums “Fourth World, Vol.1 Possible Musics” and “Power Spot” back in the cassette days. Let me tell you, I had no idea then what was going on.

    Now, with Stephen Hills introduction, I had an inkling of an idea of Mr. Hassell’s influences. You can read all about Jon Hassell in Wikipedia.

    I also found an interview of Mr Hassell which was done at WXPN, Public Radio at The University of Pennsylvania.

    What I came away with, after Stephen’s interview, the Wikipedia article, and the interview was pretty much to take the advice that Philip Glass gave about listening to Einstein on the Beach: don’t try to bring too much into the experience, just let the music play over you. If you like it, then, well, listen on.

    So, I got myself a bunch more albums and I am now thoroughly enjoying the music of Jon Hassell thanks to the gutsy play of Stephen Hill to include Mr Hassell’s work in the HOS orbit. Mr Hassell is also included in PGM’s 845 Summertronica; 731 Magic Realism; 696 Possible Musics; 563 Fascinoma, actually a Hassell title in itself; 498 Vernal Equinox; 455 Equator; 250 Liquid Desires; and a couple more.

    Stephen and co-Producer Steve Davis must have really liked the album Maarifa Street/MagicRealism 2. It powers much of PGM 731 referred to above.

    Since I am recovering from pheumonia and have some time, I decided to take Mr Hassell for a You Tube ride. I found a five part set of videos of Maarifa Street. You Tube now offers a higher quality video with decent sound. These videos can be downloaded in mp4 via a bookmarklet in either IE or Firefox. I got all five parts. Then I merged them into one seamless 58 minute video For this work, I usually use AVS Video Editor 6 from AVS4YOU. But the software told me that I needed a Quicktime plug in. I do not have or want Quicktime, so, instead, I used ConvertXtoDVD3 from Avangate. This gave me a DVD which I then ripped back to mp4 with ImTOO DVD Ripper Platinum from ImTOO. All in all, a fair piece or work. But it was worth it. Mr Hassell is seated with the trumpet, there are several other players, not much movement, and all of this really big music is coming out.

    Here are a few of the other albums I got. They were chosen at random, so there is no claim here to their relative importance.

    Fourth World Vol 2Maarifa StVernal Equinox

    So, thank you to Hearts of Space for bringing a new musical influence into my life.

  • richardmitnick 9:25 pm on April 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    The You Tube Symphony Orchestra 

    The You Tube Symphony Orchestra

    I highly recommend that you go to You Tube and search on the You Tube Symphony Orchestra. You will find a bunch of typical short videos. But, you will also find Act One which is 59 minutes and Act Two, a longer video. This is an extraordinary event. Not so much because of this bunch of musicians, but rather because it is the advent of digital adventure.

    This is not the first time that You Tube has presented something much larger than their normal brief videos.
    Some time ago, I found a one hour plus lecture by a scientist from the Large Hadron Collider, a passion of mine from the world of “crunching”.

    So, yes, it can be done by others, if they have enough importance.

    The real message here is the power of You Tube to do great things. The Metropolitan Opera is available all over the country by special arrangements in movie theaters. Soon, maybe they will also be on You Tube. Then, after that, maybe the New York Phil or the B.S.O. The possibilities are endless.

    You Tube now has good high quality video and audio, and, Eureeka! a download utility for saving the video in .mp4. I am right now downloading Act One on another computer. I am having a bit of trouble with Act Two, but I am sure that somehow I will also get that video.

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