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Relocated and undeterred

So, it's been two weeks since I last had a chance to update the blog - and an awful lot has happened in the meantime.

I've spent a lot more time with Adele Haze, who has performed for Dreams of Spanking as a switch and who is now helping me out with the web marketing side of things - much to my relief. (I'd much rather make films and photogalleries than publicise them, but the latter is just as necessary if you want anyone to see your creations.)

Relatedly, I've filmed an introductory video talking about my aims with this project, and the results should be ready to show you sometime soon. 

There's been some impromptu spanking filming too, when Tom suggested that we set up a camera during our Wednesday night date, and left it on during the scene that unfolded. That was a rather special experience... and the resulting hour-long romantic discipline/hard caning movie will be available to download from this site at launch.

While editing aforementioned movie, I spent long hours wrestling with new and exciting software issues - most notably the audio sync problems arising during the rendering of extended mp4s. After a couple of days' troubleshooting I've eventually abandoned mp4 as a format for long movies in favour of mpg (with wmv available as an alternative for those who prefer it).

I've made progress with the site build, including choosing a design for the site subsections (with the help of lovely kinky friends including Jimmy, Adele and Ella as well as Tom and D) and starting work on the CMS templating. Designing for your own project is a strangely mixed process. On the one hand, if you have a clear vision and know exactly what you want, you can head straight for it rather than having to waste time exploring other options. On the other, when options inevitably arise, it can be impossible to make a decision. Even when I think I have a clear idea of what I want, I often find myself creating a whole sequence of viable alternatives - and creating options is much easier than choosing between them! Throughout this process I've been soliciting opinions from close friends, and I'm grateful to everyone who's given me feedback, offered advice and helped me clarify my vision.

But none of that is the big news - not really.

The big news is that a week ago, Tom and I found ourselves suddenly (but not entirely unexpectedly) homeless for several complicated reasons. The intervening time has been spent packing, consolidating, planning and moving. Our household is now packed into a locked metal cube in a warehouse of identical locked metal cubes - truly a surreal experience. Tom's staying with friends for the time being, and I'm presuming upon the hospitality of D, who is generously sharing his bed and his internet connection for long enough for me to launch the site and find my feet. Hooray for polyamory, and the reinforced support networks it can offer.

The upheaval couldn't have come at a worse time in terms of my schedule for getting Dreams of Spanking live, and it's likely to put the launch date back by a week or so. But I'm back online now and raring to go. Living in London again for a little while is no bad thing for me, and sharing space with D while we work together on the site build should make some things easier. Come the new year, everything will hopefully be more settled. In the meantime I have a lot of work still to do on the site, and after a week being forced to attend to more mundane concerns I can't wait to get stuck back in.

To celebrate, I want to share a free photo gallery of yours truly, in which I'm dreaming of ... well, you can probably guess.


Glad to hear the DoS Nerve Centre is stablised for the time being!

Anyway, just an FYI: video formats get ridiculously complex very quickly, and typically an extension such as "mpg" is inadequate to nail down exactly what the format happens to be. Off the top of my head, that could be an MPEG-1 or an MPEG-2 compressor, probably but not certainly, in an MPEG-2 container; it could even be an MPEG-4 Part 2 compressor. Likewise, "mp4" is probably an H.264 (aka MPEG-4 Part 10) encoder in a MPEG-4 Part 14 container, but it could also be an MPEG-2 encoder in the same container, etc. etc. ad acronymous infinitum!

Obviously, there is no ideal solution: WMV is probably the most compatible for PC users, but is problematic on most devices and non-PC platforms. AVI is probably the most compatible container, but it doesn't limit what you stick inside, so usually doesn't help much. MP4 is preferred by devices, while MKV is best for multichannel HD stuff.

All of which is a very long-winded way of saying "don't give up on the MP4", even if now is the wrong time to experiment with (e.g.) H.264 encoding settings...


Yeah, have to agree with the previous poster. I think your best bet would be h.264, it seems to be the current favourite of the phone & pad devices & is downloadable to be played in QT or VLC. Always master everything to the highest possible resolution so that you can covert in the future. What editing package are you using?

Well, I was using H.264 before and it didn't prevent the audio sync problems, and most of the articles on the problem I read recommended using the mpeg-2 container instead, which seemed to work.

You illustrate the problem perfectly: H.264 is a video encoder, so has nothing to do with audio of any kind. The audio issues involve synchronizing an H.264 video stream with two (or more) audio streams, probably in AAC or MP3, i.e. that issue had to have been a container problem, not anything to do with the encoders.

It's perfectly possible to put H.264 video into an MPEG-2 container (or indeed put MPEG-2 encoded video into an mp4 container, although why anyone would want to do something like that is anyone's guess).

Obviously, MPEG-2 seems to be meeting your needs for now, and messing around further would just delay the launch for no good reason. But when you do get some breathing room, there are plenty more combinations to get frustrated at!!!

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