Wheee!

On Monday I posted a Mozilla Labs blog entry discussing the APNG Edit extension I was releasing.

Just for fun, I thought I’d convert my favorite Firefox Flicks video to the APNG format….

The compression algorithms in APNG and AGIF are not really suited for straight conversions from video; doing so tends to result in large files (this one has about 340 frames at 86×75, weighing in at 990KB). Similarly, some images are better suited to JPEG or SVG… One just needs to use the right tool for the job. Hmm, <video> tag, anyone? 🙂

I also made a full-resolution (but still cropped) 230×200 version, although it’s a wee bit large (pun intended). So I’ll just link to it.

The conversion itself was a fairly simple process… I basically used “mplayer -vo png wheee.mov” to convert the QuickTime video to a pile of PNG images, dragged them into my APNG Edit window, and let it chew through them.

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The goggles do nothing!

Now that Minefield Alpha 7 has shipped, nightly builds have become version “3.0a8pre”. This has had the unfortunate side-effect of breaking Adblock, until someone updates its maxversion on AMO. [Or I ‘fix’ it locally, by installing NTT or one of a number of other workarounds.]

In the meantime, I’ve been marveling at all the advertising I’ve been missing out on. I feel like I’ve stepped out of tranquil Anytown, KS and into the middle of Times Square.

WTF, do people really click on these things? [Sadly, I know what the answer is.]

Please excuse me while I go flop around on the floor now…