Handbrake Stream Support fixes checked in

I’ve checked in some fixes to the Handbrake Stream support (SVN revision 976). Basically the fixes came down to a few areas:

  1. Streams originating on an HDHomeRun but exported by EyeTV have a PAT which lists all the programs in the stream as delivered by the HDHomeRun (i.e. although the HDHomeRun supports program filtering on the transport stream EyeTV doesn’t seem to use it). However the stream only contains a single PMT for the actual program exported.
  2. There was some mismatching of indices within the scanning code such that audio streams might not have been handled correctly, which meant that Handbrake would think no audio was present and then declare the entire title as invalid.
  3. I’ve also added code to support PMT’s which span more than one Transport Stream packet, though I’ve not really got any streams to fully test this so it might be broken.

Posted under Handbrake

This post was written by awk on September 21, 2007

Handbrake Stream Support Bug fixes.

It looks like there’s a small bug in the Handbrake Transport Stream support in V0.9.0. Basically many transport streams won’t work correctly because of presence of multiple audio streams which confuses the ‘audio format sniffing’ code.

I’ve uploaded a patch to http://www.awkward.org/handbrake/hb_090_stream.c.patch it should apply to the current SVN head for Handbrake. I’m waiting on agreement from other devs as to when it will be committed to the repository.

Posted under Handbrake

This post was written by awk on September 17, 2007

Revolutionary Rebate Experience

Say what you will about Apple’s price reduction on the iPhone and subsequent decision to give early customers an Apple Store credit for $100, but only Apple could actually implement it with such logistical finesse.

Every other technology company when offering a rebate does it using some sort of “fax or mail us the purchase receipt, and fill out this form too – we’ll send you a check (please allow 4-6 weeks for processing)”. This is rarely a satisfying experience, after waiting for your rebate it’s far too common instead to get a letter (after 8 weeks) saying that something was illegible on the receipt, or that the form was incorrectly filled out. It’s so bad that my father now refuse to buy any product with this sort of a rebate attached, unless the product is affordable at the price before rebate.

Apple’s approach is much simpler :

  1. Go to http://www.apple.com/iphone/storecredit/ and enter the telephone number of your iPhone and it’s serial number.
  2. Wait for the (free) SMS Message on your iPhone containing an access code.
  3. Enter the access code on the website and then print out the displayed certificate. You can use the certificate at a retail Apple Store or you can use it at the online Apple store by entering the details.

Takes about three minutes, couldn’t be simpler and seems very reliable (I’ve not seen any complaints yet). It should even work for the relative of a colleague who was in one of the lines outside a store and bought a third phone from the guy in front of him for cash.

Not content with revolutionizing the phone buying experience Apple has even revolutionized the phone rebate experience !

Posted under iPhone

This post was written by awk on September 14, 2007

No appointment entry on the iPod Touch ?

This seems like a retrograde bit of product segmentation. According to Gizmodo the iPod Touch does not have the ability to create appointments in it’s calendar – even thought it’s ostensibly the same calendar application as on the iPhone.

Whilst creating appointments was never possible on any of the other iPod models – that was wasn’t a big surprise since they lacked any sort of usable entry mechanism. However the iPod Touch has the same soft-keyboard as  the iPhone so this bit of product segmentation seems truly out of touch.

Posted under iPhone

This post was written by awk on September 10, 2007

iOnTV

So the website for iOnTV is now live.

What’s iOnTV ? Well the site explains most of it (or as much as I want to say for now). Basically it’s an application for Mac OS X to record TV (Digital broadcast or Digital cable) and then to convert it (using Handbrake) and insert it into iTunes so that you can watch it on your Apple TV, iPod or iPhone.

It should be ready to ship in October – but not before then. Why then ? Because iOnTV makes a lot of use of new features in Leopard. So register and I’ll let you when it’s ready for download.

Also it’s going to be opensource – not because I expect a huge number of people to want to contribute but mostly because I believe that those who do want to contribute should be able to, and also because to make the most out of iOnTV you’ll need a subscription to SchedulesDirect to get the TV Listings and SchedulesDirect requires applications using it’s services to be OpenSource.

Posted under Uncategorized

This post was written by awk on September 9, 2007

Sigur Ros – Heima

Sigur Ros have a new concert/documentary movie coming out (when I’m not quite sure) called Heima. It’s largely shot on a recent tour of Iceland – sort of a ‘coming home’ tour, ‘Heima’ is Icelandic for Home.There’s a trailer here - even if you’re not a fan of Sigur Ros’ music it’s got some wonderful photography of Icelands great landscapes and scenery. It bought back some great memories of the short trip Michele and I had there a couple of years ago.

Posted under Personal

This post was written by awk on September 1, 2007