9 September, 2009
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I used a HAVA video recorder recently, and I have to say that it’s one of the worst pieces of consumer electronics I’ve ever used. These are the typical problems I experienced:
- dark video (at least they do offer some controls at capture, but it’s not pretty)
- loud, distorted audio. By my measurements, the audio in the captured MP2 file is about 18dB too loud. Massive. Distorted. Ugly.
- out of sync audio, by about 250 ms. Ridiculous.
- constant device resets. The number of times I’ve had to run through the setup wizard just to get the computer to talk to it is beyond a joke.
Seriously, save yourself time and gray hairs, and don’t ever touch these units.
Quite a few times I’ve wanted to watch a youtube video and been caught without an internet connection…
Here’s a great trick for users of Safari, thanks to a this page. Also thanks to a wikipedia article, you can append
&fmt=22 to the end of the URL to force youtube to go straight to the HD version of the video.
So, here’s my steps:
- Find a youtube video.
&fmt=22 to the end of the URL and reload the page – if it’s not already in HD.
- Wait a moment for the video to start playing.
- Press Cmd+Option+A to bring up the Activity window.
- Look for the biggest file there in the list…. something like this:
Safari Activity window
- Double click that entry.
- Voila. It’s downloading into Safari’s Downloads folder.
If you get the HD version, it will download automatically as a .mp4 file, which is great because Quicktime can play it out of the box without needing any silly FLV addons.
Oh… and Youtube HD videos actually are HD: 1280 x 720 resolution!!