Today's flash experiment deals with streaming video. I've decided to showcase a short clip from Richard Linklater's Waking Life. In this clip, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke reprise their roles as Celine and Jesse from another Linklater film, Before Sunrise.
Watch The Waking Life Clip
This movie clip deals with some interesting ideas: Past lives, collective memory, dream consciousness and more.
On the technical side of things, the clip was taken from a DIVX rip of the Waking life DVD. Since flash doesn't support the DIVX codec I had to use AVIUTL to capture the clip and convert it to a supported AVI codec. The conversion process left the audio and video out of sync. To fix this, I imported both the audio and video separately into Cubase SX where I re-sync them. I then noticed that although you can import video into Cubase SX, you can't export it! I had to export the re-sync'ed audio and use Virtual Dub to add it to the video clip. I then imported the resultant 118MB audio/video clip into Flash MX where it was compress down to a 14MB flash stream. What a maze!
As a side note: I bottled my batch of beer today. 58 bottles of sweet sweet cream ale! All for the low price of 25 dollars. The bottled beer will be ready to enjoy in two weeks time.
In-depth analysis of Waking Life via AboutFilm.