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Thursday, December 30, 2010


About the video...
What format are you using? Have you tried H.264 (also known as MPEG-4). It is a higher compression format that results in higher quality video per byte. Check it out.

Great to see the pictures of places we visited not long ago. Thanks Howard.

I've got a second opinion in case there are folks who didn't read our blog about visiting Shell Mount, staying in the Campground and at Rainbow Springs State Park... www.directionofourdreams.blogspot.com

We loved shell mound especially seeing the sunset from the bench. It's a short trail but since it is nearly all shell, I suspect we would have known it was a "shell mound" without the sign just from that and the fact that it was a "hill" in flat Florida.

Kayaking from the boat launch is great. I don't think David lost a camera there. :-)

As for the county campground...not so much. Very few flat sites as we detailed on our blog, very early very noisy air boats every day and bugs bugs and more bugs. Also local wild boar visit often.

We did enjoy Manatee Springs very much especially the kayaking from there. We found their sites easy to get in with our 34' Winnebago and the park was so far superior to the county park that we were sorry we left it to move there. We didn't think Cedar Key was worth more than one visit anyway. (details on that are in the blog too)

Of course, we weren't feeling under the weather, we were there in mid-October and the kayaking was good. Isn't it great that we all have different likes and dislikes and can find just the places that suit us each best.

Great pictures of Manatee Springs. Brings back some great memories of a pleasent spot to dive and snorkle on our way to Crystal River in years past. Hope you two get to feeling better soon.

Try Anne's Cafe, just a small little place on the left side of 24 going in towards town. Small, place easy to miss, has a deck with tables on the right side of it. Not bad, had breakfast there a couple times during our stay. Best to you both.

The reason for the slow upload is you bought
a hi definition camera. Their not very useful on the internet. Too much data. And you can't send hi def. in emails. i read the
link you put in the blog to this camera.
It said the format was h264. and then i read
it also did avi.If you want to use windows mov. maker which is super good for editing vidios. You'll have to convert the videos to
wmv format. Movie Maker won't reconize the other formats. You may be able to download a free video converter off the web. Sounds like a nice camera. Especialy with the stabilization feature.

Hi J.C. & Steve,

I figured out a few things. I downloaded this free program (http://www.h264encoder.com/) and it allows me to quickly convert the video into various sizes and quality using the H.264 format.

Now, I'm able to upload the videos more quickly into our SmugMug galleries and embed them. The Kodak Playsport comes with Arc Soft Media Impressions editor - I'm still practicing with that. :)

Thanks for the tips!

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