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Swimming Lessons for Skippy

weather: light drizzle
outside: 5°C
mood: mischievous
I was changing userinfoSkippy's water the other day and I brought her with me to the kitchen on my shoulder. As I was rinsing out her cup, she climbed down my arm and seemed very interested in checking out the sink. I put her back in her cage for a bit while I scrubbed it clean, then brought her out again. She jumped and flew right in. Sometimes, she just has no fear at all.

I put her cup down at the bottom and turned on the tap with warm water. We usually give the birds filtered water, the same stuff we drink, but our water is drinkable from the tap. I left the sink unplugged so there would only be a small puddle. She skittered around, drinking every once in a while, but mostly just hopping around in the puddle.

Skippy playing in the sink (4M uncompressed AVI; 27s; see comments).

Then I plugged the sink and let the water level rise to about her chest. I was watching her the whole time and could scoop her out if anything happened. She didn't know what to do. She had her wings out the whole time for balance. But it was most hilarious to see her trying to run through the water and not succeeding. XD She just ended up bobbing around slowly, her tail and wings all fanned out.

I tried to get an AVI of it, but every once in a while she'd flap her wings and sploosh me. I was afraid she'd get the camera wet, so I stopped. I brought her out after a few minutes. She was so cuddly with me when I was towelling her off. =D

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kvance
Dec. 2nd, 2004 11:31 pm (UTC)
you hear a whisper; it sounds pedantic
*psst* it's MJPEG compressed, not uncompressed
bride
Dec. 3rd, 2004 08:53 am (UTC)
Re: you hear a whisper; it sounds pedantic
Hmm, interesting. How do you figure?

I assumed they were uncompressed because they were so massive (4M for ~20 seconds). Well, maybe RLE compression and maybe it just stores the deltas between frames because for 4M, we get varying length recordings.
kvance
Dec. 3rd, 2004 09:57 am (UTC)
Re: you hear a whisper; it sounds pedantic
Because the FOURCC is MJPG ;)

I don't think only storing the deltas would save you much in recorded video, because of small changes in lighting, small camera movement, etc. For 20 seconds of 320x240 at 20fps, in YV12 it would be 15M. In UYVY, it would be 60M. In 32-bit RGB, it would be 120M!
bride
Dec. 3rd, 2004 10:01 am (UTC)
Re: you hear a whisper; it sounds pedantic
For 20 seconds of 320x240 at 20fps, in YV12 it would be 15M. In UYVY, it would be 60M. In 32-bit RGB, it would be 120M!

Huh. Cool, thanks! =)
bride
Dec. 3rd, 2004 01:57 pm (UTC)
Re: you hear a whisper; it sounds pedantic
@set me=kinda_confused

Is the FourCC sometimes not the first four bytes?
kvance
Dec. 3rd, 2004 02:10 pm (UTC)
Re: you hear a whisper; it sounds pedantic
In an AVI file, it's always not the first four bytes. The FourCC for the video stream is wherever that chunk is in the file. The easiest way to get it is to use a video player that prints it for you. MPlayer, for example, can tell me a lot about your video:

VIDEO: [MJPG] 320x240 24bpp 20.000 fps 1041.4 kbps (127.1 kbyte/s)
Clip info:
Digitization Time: Tue Nov 30 19:22:53 2004

Software: CanonMVI01
==========================================================================
Opening audio decoder: [pcm] Uncompressed PCM audio decoder
AUDIO: 11024 Hz, 1 ch, 8 bit (0x8), ratio: 11024->11024 (88.2 kbit)
bride
Dec. 3rd, 2004 02:54 pm (UTC)
Re: you hear a whisper; it sounds pedantic
Ah, I see. Cool =)
bokane
Dec. 3rd, 2004 01:50 am (UTC)
Reminds me of cats walking through snow. It's the funniest thing ever: they set one foot down, then lift it up and stare at it in horror, like "What the fuck is this?" Then they set it down and take another step forward, lift up that foot, and stare etc. The novelty never wears off.
bride
Dec. 3rd, 2004 08:54 am (UTC)
Heehee, brain the size of a walnut =D
deslea
Dec. 3rd, 2004 01:49 pm (UTC)
Just a random note from a stranger (who has cats but not snow) to say that's the most utterly adorable description I've ever read. :)

bride: Oh, my goodness, the cuuuuuuuute! *rendered incoherent*
d2leddy
Dec. 3rd, 2004 09:26 am (UTC)
Awe! That's cute. She's very perky and healthy.
bride
Dec. 3rd, 2004 09:55 am (UTC)
Hee, she's also very interested in the garbage can, but I'm hesitant to film any of it X{ =)
trigeekgirl
Dec. 4th, 2004 08:38 pm (UTC)
Hee. So cute.
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