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Spanish Road Video Clip

I took some video on my RIM trip of '02 and have finally managed to get some on the net. I'm not too happy with the quality (both camera work and that I had to compress it to 6MB), but if you are interested in remembering or seeing the conditions on the Spanish road, Atlantic Route, between RIM & Maroc, it could be worth your time. 6MB

http://freespace.virgin.net/ian.fenn...to%20Maroc.wmv

This is in 'no man's land' between the Mauritanian and Moroccan borders. You
can hear the video sound clipping each time we hit a bump. It's
good to be reminded how much of a pleasure sand is to drive on:-)
On the old road surface any faster would have caused too
many punctures, we were hitting the suspension bump-stops a lot and my wife got a sore eye from the video camera at
the end of the clip! This was on a Thursday, late morning, my boys had to be
in school on the following Monday, so we had to drive fast to get them back to the UK on a Sunday flight from
Malaga.

NB We did from NDB to just before Laayoune on this very very long and fast day, without a complaint from the kids - maybe that's the best way to see Western Sahara ;-)

I also have clips of the Banc d'Arguin, the beach piste, and the Choum-NDB run if anyone is interested.

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Ian,


Sounds good

I get sound, but no picture . . perhaps just my PC?

cheers

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Huey,

I tried it on a couple of machines (XP and w98), without problem. Maybe your player needs upgrading? I've only tried playing it with Windows Media Player version 9.

HTH

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It brilliant Ian , oh memories oh memories!
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I can't make it work on my machine (Linux) - is there any way you could post it in a non-Windows format (like MPeg?)

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Got it working... More! More! Brilliant stuff.

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What?!!!!! Does this mean that Linux and maybe others (Mac?) can get a WMA codec, or are you using a windows machine now?

NB it has taken me over a year to find a way to encode these onto my PC without dropping most of the frames (Svid thru hauppage TVcard to XP with AMDk6-500, 288MB RAM).

I am part way through trying a 4th video format conversion utility (the others drop frames with my setup), I did manage to convert to .MPG (MPEG1) but the file size is more than 3x greater than WMA (MPEG4).

I would prefer to use DivX, if anyone has any tips, please let me know by email (in my profile).

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that works fine on my Mac (OS10 and wmv9).
––look forward to seeing the beach piste.
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yep - upgraded my player and enjoyed!

cheers Ian.

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Fantastic !! Such great memories !! I would love to see the other videos.

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