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Goldfrapp remastering their music videos

Posted in Music by Will on Friday, August 28th, 2020 ~ 9am

Goldfrapp has debuted its second remastered music video, Number 1. And while the effort is appreciated, it suffers from the same problem that their remastered version of Ooh La La has – the image has been “squashed” vertically:

Here is an animated gif showing the differences. The one where Allison appears to be only 4 feet tall is the new version, obviously:

Click on either image for larger view.

If you are having trouble seeing the difference I suggest focusing first on her foot, her gold sandals, and then look up to the top of her head – notice how she shrinks in height. (Some people are less able to detect geometric distortions, because the mind tries to correct the distortion).

Or look at the round light in the background – which becomes an oval in the remaster.

One might argue that Allison looked ever-so-slightly too tall in the original. But they’ve gone too far in the other direction.

A positive thing that can be said about the new remaster is that they restored some image on the sides. Always appreciated. And they are using a technique by which the sides of the image are stretched out to meet the edges of the frame, which is a creative way of trying to get the image into a 16:9 format, though it sometimes causes an unavoidable sort of “fishbowl” effect which fortunately is almost unnoticeable in this particular video.

Update: Here is a fix for the video, if anyone wants to use Handbrake the reshape it. These settings work well:


Bruce Campbell’s Jack of All Trades square cover art for iTunes

Posted in Uncategorized by Will on Sunday, September 30th, 2018 ~ 7pm

This series is not on iTunes, but for everyone who has digitized their own DVDs and who is looking for square cover art, here is a cover. This comes from a low-quality scan of the DVD cover, with with the bottom edge brought up. And I tried to turn the banana yellow hue into an old parchment hue instead. Not great, but I only took 15 minutes on this. I hope you like it.

cover art

Seeing all the way to the edge of the frame of the Lumix LX10 camera using RawTherapee

Posted in Personal by Will on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 ~ 9am

You’re not meant to see the edges of the frame, because lenses have difficulty providing the same kind of quality at the edges that they provide at the center.

So, cameras such as the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX10 automatically cut off the edges. (The sensor records the whole image but lops off the sides when it presents the image to you). The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX10 is an excellent camera by the way, and you cannot fault Panasonic for their decision.

But sometimes, you really want to see as much as possible of what you photographed.

So, how to stop the edges from being automatically cut off?

You’d expect that the answer would be to use Lightroom to develop your pictures. Lightroom is one of the best applications to develop pictures, but Lightroom honors the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX10’s built-in lens profile – meaning, it cuts the edges off just like Panasonic wanted. And at least on the final desktop version of Lightroom, which is the version I use, you can’t tell it to stop doing that.

So, you have to turn to a lesser-known application, RawTherapee, an independent effort originally written by Gábor Horváth of Budapest, now developed “by a team of people from around the world”.

On a Mac (I can’t speak to the Windows version) RawTherapee is clunky – it barely notices when you move your pointer, it doesn’t even instantly display the photo you want to work on when you click on your selection, and it has very limited color correction compared to Lightroom. Its annoyances are many.

But it has the advantage of not respecting the built-in lens profile!

Meaning, you can get the full picture, like so:

(Comparison of the same photo as presented by the camera versus the wider version you were never meant to see)

You have to be shooting RAW, not JPGs, in order to do this. (The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX10’s version of RAW is called “RW2″ but it is the same for all intents and purposes).

You end up with an even wider angle of view than what the camera is advertised as having.

Here’s how another photographer put it. He refers to Micro Four Thirds cameras. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 actually uses a 1” sensor, smaller than a Micro Four Thirds sensor, but that’s not relevant. He says, “Micro Four Thirds cameras have a lens correction profile (lcp) saved with the raw file, but not applied to the raw file. Many software, including some third party software like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, apply this lcp automatically when processing the raw file. These images look like the JPEG … Other raw software ignores the embedded lcp, like DxO and RawTherapee and RPP64.”

David Bowie, Rest in Peace

Posted in Music,Personal by Will on Monday, January 11th, 2016 ~ 2pm

On David Bowie: What can I say? I got his albums on vinyl when I was a youth. As an adult I got everything he released and always cited Heathen as his return to form. I sometimes took my time getting to listen to his later works; I’d started listening to the second of two available tracks from Blackstar on Friday, and was so impressed! I opted only to listen, choosing not to watch the elaborate music videos he made for them until today, after I heard of his death this morning.

I knew, or had an idea, that he was going to pass away imminently, in the sense that I’d worried that his choice to wait until his birthday (Jan 8) to release Blackstar was a risky proposition if he wanted to be around to hear the critical reaction. (I hope his family – Iman and Duncan and whomever else was in his close family – told him that the reception to it was very warm indeed, and that he knew they were being truthful).

I knew he’d been ill since his heart attack in 2004, in fact my first blog entry was written about him, back in July 2004 (writing, “he’s so good right now at this stage of his recording career, it would be a shame for earth to lose him.”) I don’t mean to sound as if I am competing with other Bowie fans when I note that my music player has more than 250 recordings of his concerts; I simply found that not only was his writing superior, but his many different performances were almost all worth hearing. And yet it took a reporter to make me notice the obvious bit that Bowie was a bit of a science fiction writer, in that many of his albums are close to concept albums about aliens and future dystopias and such. I knew I liked science fiction, and I had to laugh when I realized that his sci-fi bent may also be part of why I got into Bowie!

I am so grateful for him. There’s a meme going around saying that “the Earth is 4,345,000,000 years old and somehow you managed to live during the same time as David Bowie”. Truly, in our time, we were better off to have had David Bowie among us.

Last word about Bowie today: By leaving with the video of Lazarus, he completed his artistic life on his own terms. Bravo.

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