Sanjeev Sabhlok's notes on technology, hardware, gardening

Uploading videos on WordPress

a) FLV is the best format (flash)

b) Youtube and other such are a total nuisance given their low limits (100MB/10 minutes). Avoid them.

c) Veoh allows more than 10 minutes but requires a log on. A nuiscance, again.

d) BEST software for video editing: Videopad video editor (Ulead is good but old versions can't deal with new media). It can easily combine/splice FLVs as appropriate and convert to virtually any format.
(or try Freevideotoflash…. [DVDSOFT]

e) Make sure you install an appropriate plugin into WordPress. In my case I have used FLVEMBED (free)

f) Upload FLV on the server, and provide a POSTER (jpg) to act as the front end.

g) Insert the video by inserting as HTML:  [flv:movie poster width height]  where movie is the URL of the movie and poster the URL of the poster. A good width height setting is: 480 360. But if you are using on the right bar of the blog, shrink it.

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sony handycam DCR-HC96E

notes for transferring photos from my handycam to the computer:

– the original software supplied (called picture package) DOESN’T WORK any longer. Says it requires macromedia flash but doesn’t accept the latest flash version. So it is totally USELESS!

– So I went to
and install “PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Ver.4.3.03” is an alternative software to “Picture Package”. EVEN DOWNLOADING THIS WAS A NIGHTMARE. And it requires the original CD of Picture Packager to install!! Do Sony NOT HAVE ANY RESPECT FOR THEIR CLIENT’S TIME??? in my case the number is SPVD -012.1 usb DRIVER 2-666-755-01.

But that’s not enough. I must learn to STRICLTY AVOID sONY  products which are so heavily “protected” that even customers can’t access them. And they don’t work! (orignal software didn’t accept flash).
FINALLY THAT DIDN’T WORK EITHER. I now have to buy a card reader for memory pro-duo, a system that is patented by Sony and hence doesn’t work with ordinary SD card readers. Time to stop buying Sony products. That’s it.

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Importing from Blogger to WordPress-based blog

In transitioning from Blogger (blogspot) to my main domain, which I decided to run on WordPress, I found that the default import option of WordPress doesn’t seem to work properly (it doesn’t offer XML import, and the Blogger import is slow and defective). Thus, only 50 out of 90 posts were imported and then it would freeze.

So to circumvent this I did the following:

a) Download from Blogger as XML on the computer. This takes very little time.
b) Upload into blog hosted on (go to import>blogger, then bottom of page and upload the file downloaded at step (a). After uploading, give it some rest, to allow WordPress to finish the import properly
c) On the blog go to export and download RSS (WXR), an xml of a different WordPress sort, onto the computer.
d) Now upload this xml to the desired domain that uses WordPress.This will work.

As a result the only good thing that happened is that all posts did get copied across. However, now there are a large number of duplicates. Hence I had to delete all posts and upload them again.

Deleting is not an easy thing either!
First go to screen options on the top of the WordPress admin screen and increase visible posts to 75. Then bulk delete. Also get rid of Trash by deleting permanently.

Retain the blogger blog domain just in case. Also it prevents its misuse.


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