24 Season 8: Featurette – Behind the Scenes

I rember when I watched season 1 of 24 way back. It was a great and refreshing show. Then season 6 came, wich wasn’t that good. With season 7, Jack Bauer was back, better than ever. And it’s not long before we can start watching season 8 of 24. It start on January 17 in the US with a double episode followed by two more the next day.

Here is a behind the scene featurette from the upcoming season 8 when Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) will be in New York, taken from IGN.com.

American Pie Presents: The Book of Love trailer

The first couple of American Pie movies was great and fun. And you might thought that the series had ended. But you’re mistaken. A new movie is now out in US. I’ve lost count, but I guess American Pie Presents: The Book of Love is the 7th movie in the series. One character from the original movies are still present, Jim’s Dad played by Eugene Levy. The movie is available on both DVD and Blu-ray.

A short description of the the story:

When three East Great Falls High buddies accidentally discover the legendary “Book of Love,” penned by some of their school’s alumni, they embark on a hilariously outrageous quest to lose their virginity with the girls of their dreams. Join Jim’s Dad (Eugene Levy) and this lovable and outrageous group of guys in this raucous comedy full of shocking and heartwarming fun!

Watch the trailer and interviews with the cast in the videos bellow.

Bergensbanen in only 7 minutes and 14 seconds

Read my Norwegian version of this post on FrankEivind.net.

A lot of people watch the 7+ hours documentary of Bergensbanen on TV when it was aired on NRK2. It’s also available as a 22GB download in HD (direct-link to torrentfile). But for a lot of people, a 7 hour watch can be a bit too much.

Greatfully, NRK used a Creative Commons Share Alike lisence for this download. So I made this time laps video. It have the same CC-lisence. Original materials found at http://nrkbeta.no/bergensbanen. I’ve uploaded the video to Mininova.org, it’s a 300 MB torrent at 720p.

The time laps is only 7 minutes and 14 second long (not counting the star- and end-credits). Enjoy!

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How I made the video. The 22GB video-file played fine on all mediaplayers I’ve had installed on my computer. But for some reason when I used it in my video-editing software, all the tunnels went grey as seen in the picture on the right. I’m not sure, but I guess it have something to do with the keyframes when the picture goes from light to total dark. Nero Recode showed the file right. So I re-coded the whole 22GB file to a new editfriendly version. It took a night to do that.

The next step was to reduce the numbers of frames displayed. I used TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress to do that process. I chose the output to be singleframs (in BMP format) and 1 frames per second. The resault was 26 053 single frames and 67GB of data. I made the start- and endcredits in Edit Studio Pro (a great editor for DV-video). Then I made a project with TMPGEnc Xpress, adding the start and end-credits and the single frames. The single frames was set to show 60 fps, which then made Bergensbanen only 7 minutes and 14 seconds long. The whole project was encoded in 720p at 25 fps in MP4-format.

Next step was to add a soundtrack. I used the built-in scoregenerator (ScoreFitter) in Pinnacle Studio 14 HD to make the music. I ended up using the category Dreamscape and the tunes Sleepless Eve og Endless Fields. The sound was exported as MP3 and muxed with the video using YAMB. When everything was done, I’ve uploaded it to YouTube.

I can admit that this video was made in a rush to be the first to make a time laps video thanks to the CC-lincense NRK provited with their original video. I do se that the music stops a bit to early and that the last frame of the video should have stayed a couple of seconds and then faded out. But in all, I think the video works well. Hope you enjoy it too.

Avatar 3D

The man behind movies like Alien, Terminator and Titanic is back with Avatar. And I’m talking about James Cameron. He got the idea for this movie in 1994 and have been making it for the last four years. It’s a great movie.

We meet Jack Sully who’s a former Marine confined to a wheelschair. He’s recruited to a outpost on Pandora which have a mineral that can solve the energy crises on Earth. They started the Avatar Program since the atmosphere on Pandora is toxic for humans. The avatars are geneticaly engeneered with DNA from human and natives from Pandora. The mission is to infilitrate the Na’vi and to get them to move, so the humans can mining the rare mineral.

I thing Avatar is a great movie. The story is OK, the action is good and the visuals are amazing. I watch Avatar in 3D and the effect is very good. It’s a lot of CGI in the movie, but it blends well with real life people and places.

Avatar is a long movie, around 160 minutes, but it doesn’t that long since the story, action and scenery keeps you watching and forgetting the time. Avatar is highly recommanded, and if you have the opertunity to watch it in 3D, do that.

Avatar trailer

Interview with James Cameron

Interview with avatar actors

Picture taken from IGN.com.

adhocParty for PSP

Sony have laucnhed the adhocParty for PSP in Europe. It’s a free download from the Playstation Store on PS3. And it will let you play adhoc compatible games (only Gran Turismo, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite and Dissidia Final Fantasy this time) over internet via PS3 wiht yout PSP as your opponents sat just right beside you. Very nice feature.

You can watch the demo of adhocParty from blog.eu.playstation.com bellow.

A seven hour trainride in HD

Sometimes you take the train to get from point A to point B. Sometimes you just sit watching it on TV for seven hours. It’s a mad idea, I know. But it’s a fascinating one.

On Friday November 27th NRK2 (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) broadcasted the seven hour trainride with Bergensbanen, from Bergen to Oslo. 1.2 million people watched part of this documentary, that’s 25% of the Norwegian population (we’re only 4.8 million inhabitants). The reason to broadcast this trip, was to celebrate Bergensbanen’s 100th anniversary.

I watched the last two hours of the documentary, and it was very fascinating. With all the people following #Bergensbanen on Twitter, it was a great social event. It may sound strange, but this is TV at its best.

The documentary have already had one rerun and a new is schedules during the Christmas holiday. That’ no all. You can download it from NRKbeta.no (or directly from this link). It’s a 22GB file in HD (720p) showing the front camera of the train. It also have a Share alike Creative Commons lisence.

It’s only one thing to say about this: It’s an amazing watch!

The clip under show Finse, where part of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back where shot.