Wednesday, January 17, 2007

No Space Left On Device

I had this grand plan of making a video of Quinn's ice skating escapades from Tuesday. I was going to show how much better he did this week. I had a bunch of ideas what I wanted to do, and then when I went to the implementation stage I realized that Movie Maker doesn't let you reverse video. You can mirror the video, but not play pieces in reverse. So I spent some time learning how to do that. It can be done via third party tools, but you have to save your video uncompressed. Which can turn a two minute video that's maybe 26 MB into a 350 MB file. And I just don't have the space left on my hard drive at this point to do it (I'm down to around one Gig free, and I'm wary of getting too close to the actual threshold). That would be 180+ Gig filled now. So I ran JDiskReport to get an understanding of where all my space had gone (I will add that JDiskReport is a sweet freeware tool that's written in Java). Anyway, apparently it's almost all pictures and video.


And while "Program Files appears to be significant, it's because my old Canon PowerShot used to store it's images there so that accounts for about half of the space there (the other half is actually Half Life 2, which for some reason is under Program Files instead of games). I guess it is officially time to get another disk up and running in my machine and transferring some stuff off this one.

Since I didn't take any shots of the kids today, here's a sunset shot from my office I took yesterday.


5 comments:

-s said...

I'm amazed Movie Maker even lets you work with one GB left. With Final Cut Express, for every 26MB video you probably have 350MB of capture scratch and another 350MB of render files. If you want to make a DVD, you need at least 20GB open on a drive. What I've done is set up an 80GB drive which is basically a work disk for Final Cut Express.

No offense, but Movie Maker sounds a bit pathetic. Are there no $100 video programs for the PC?

gaz. arrggg! said...

loving that sunset.

JamesF said...

-s: No offense, but Movie Maker sounds a bit pathetic.

It's from Microsoft and free. As I explained to Ginger last night that combination means it is sorely lacking in functionality.

gaz: loving that sunset.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

maybe the redundancy found in your blog entry is somehow conceptually repeated in your storage of documents on your drive. I.e. you have multiple copies of things consuming your massive drive.

you do realize you could delete some stuff you don't need, right?

JamesF said...

Anon: maybe the redundancy found in your blog entry is somehow conceptually repeated in your storage of documents on your drive.

Ok, I'll bite, did I put a word in there twice or something? Otherwise I'm not getting what redundancy in the blog entry is being referenced.

Anon: I.e. you have multiple copies of things consuming your massive drive.

Now this is probably true, but only to a very very small extent. The copies (which at the moment are only pictures that end up on the blog) are much smaller versions of their original counterparts. The biggest offender is actually the video, which when captured from the video camera eats up about 12 Gig per hour. And I do typically delete the imported video once I'm done with it and have made a movie from it, but I don't always delete it. So for those that I do decide to save, they eat up space extremely quickly. In general I don't have a lot of duplicated stuff. I do mirror the picture data, but I do that on Ginger's drive over the network as a poor man's backup. The pictures from the D70 average about 2.5 MB each, and I've currently taken over 12,000. And that's only with the D70.