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One of my friends has a bakery that he opened in Phoenix about six months ago.  It's a wonderful spot to get cakes and pastries, the best in all of West Phoenix if you ask me.  But still largely undiscovered.  So to get noticed, he rented a nice corner booth in the biggest bridal show in Arizona, which ran over this past weekend.  I offered to make a video of his handiwork to display at the show if he would give me a box of assorted pastries or a cake every week for a year.  He agreed, and with the quality of his baked goods I think it's a wonderful trade.

Leading up to the event I took a couple of hours to film some of his customers looking through the display cases, as well as his decorating skills in the kitchen.  It's my first videography gig in high definition using my little Sony HC1.  My workflow was to open the MPEG-2 file in Virtual Dub, cut out extraneous scenes, and frame serve (File / Start Frame Server) out to AVISynth using this script:

AVISource("c:\Bamboo1.vdr").AssumeTFF().SeparateFields().Bob().BicubicResize(1024,576)

AssumeTFF() is important with HDV to say that the field order is actually correct.  AVISynth normally expects to be working with DV-style video with its backwards lower / B field first.  So this prefix tells SeparateFields() how to order things, splitting the interlaced 1440x1080 frames into their individual 1440x540 fields, effectively doubling the framerate from 30fps interlaced to 60fps progressive.  Bob() then removes the jitter inherent in this form of deinterlacing by moving the A fields down a quarter pixel, and the B fields up a quarter pixel.  At this point it ends up with really smooth video.  The final bicubic resize filter takes the result to 1024x576 to exactly match the horizontal resolution of the XGA projector I used to present with.

I then opened the AVISynth script up in another second copy of VirtualDub, and spliced all of the pieces in the order I wanted.  And from there frameserved out to TMPGEnc, and compressed just the video stream to a M2V file at 9 megabits a second.  The result was an eight-minute high res 60fps sequence that I played back on a measley Pentium 1.7 GHz machine running Media Player Classic.  MPC is very convenient for this because it has built-in support for MPEG2, and does a truly great job with it.  Here's a scaled-down snippet of the result converted over to a much smaller WMV to get your sweet tooth craving:

If you're ever in Phoenix may I wholeheartedly recommend The Bamboo Bakery for a unique blend of French-inspired pastries and other Vietnamese-inspired treats.  Many are topped off with colorful airbrushed artwork, and all are delicious.

Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2006 8:27 PM Video | Back to top


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If you're ever in Phoenix may I wholeheartedly recommend The Bamboo Bakery for a unique blend of French-inspired pastries and other Vietnamese-inspired treats. Many are topped off with colorful airbrushed artwork, and all are delicious.
Left by Tiffany co Rings on Oct 17, 2009 11:54 PM

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