Busy week

There were no mid-week updates as I was just too busy; there are only two I.T. folks at work, and the one who isn’t me was on vacation.

There isn’t a lot to talk about, but I should do some sort of status ping on occasion, no?

Yesterday and today have been a marathon of transcoding all of my old DVDs into files on a storage drive. I’ve not watched an actual DVD in probably a decade, so it was funny to see just how small DVD video is compared to today’s video card and monitor capabilities…

The above is a screenshot of the desktop on my 3440 x 1440 monitor as I write this. And the unicorn picture on the left is raw output from my 25th anniversary remaster of The Last Unicorn.

That’s 1:1 DVD video… 720 x 480 29.97 fps straight from the disc… It looks like a postage stamp these days.

Handbrake is currently transcoding Dragonheart — A New Beginning from the raw mpeg-2 DVD files (~6 gigs) to smaller and easier to store h.264 files (~1.5 gigs). To do this I have a custom profile that I use to ensure it looks as good as possible — which also takes about an hour to do the job even with an i9-9900x cpu running at close to 5ghz.

And that’s about it. I’m just enjoying some quiet time here at home and wandering down memory lane via the movies I’ve collected over the years. 🙂