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AVCHD M2TS Video Editing Software

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

I have a Panasonic HD video camera, which records video in AVCHD m2ts video files.  I have been looking for software that will allow me to edit the video, save it in the raw format without quality degradation.  As of today, I found a solution that looks promising.  I have installed UBUNTU (Linux) on my laptop, and then installed Kdenlive.  I was able to add a clip to the timeline, cropped it and then rendered it to a mt2s file.

I have found other solutions with windows, but I didn’t want to shell out the big bucks just to edit some of my home videos.  Programs that I have found were Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas, Pinicale.  Windows 7 has a built in video player for AVCHD and with Windows live movie maker (downloaded free from Microsoft), it was able to edit video.

With Youtube becoming a big hit with video, we have seen support for AVCHD video.  Just upload your raw video to Youtube for everyone to enjoy.  This is great if you don’t mind the limitation of 10 minutes worth of video.

One of the many things that I have noticed with shooting video in HD, is that the files are saved every time you pause recording.  When you start again, it creates a new file.  I have found myself looking for a program just to join several clips together into one larger clip.  I have one that works and plays back well with windows 7, but when I upload the larger clip to youtube, I find that my 5 minute clip turned into 10 minutes.  Playback is now in slow motion off of Youtube.  I am sure this is a rendering problem with youtube, but none the less, this created a new problem, and made the solution un-usable.

Note that Cinelerra 4.1, Kdenlive and OpenShot all natively edit AVCHD on Linux.

Ideas for the Internet Cafe

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Todo List and Ideas on how to build the Internet cafe

  1. Games, Computers, Consoles, Fax, Copy, Bill pay, Rentals, Movies, Theater, Food services, snack bar style.
  2. Electronic Books, magazines, hardware / software sales.
  3. Arcade, Game room – Ping pong, air hockey, pool hall, special events – Competitions, kareoke
  4. Training, seminars, how to sessions, audio studio / video studio / video editing.
  5. LOCATION: Look for location, near school, walk in traffic, nice building / warehouse
  6. BUSINESS PLAN – Cpa, management, banking. payment systems like paypal, credit card, cash.
  7. MONEY: Startup costs, Investors.
  8. Obtain permits
  9. Find and ISP and make a deal with them for high speed service
  10. Hotspots – wifi
  11. Alarm / Security system.
  12. Design – Food proof, prevent damage to equipment. Encase the equip.  User don’t handle the media
  13. Electrical requirements. Don’t overload the circuits.  Heating / Cooling / Battery backup
  14. Become and ISP / Co – locate / House servers
  15. Networking gear / Billing software /
  16. Hire technical employees
  17. Promote the cafe / business.
  18. Get feedback, offer surveys
  19. Management software –
  • Resources : 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Toads Gaming Center in Redlands Ca – 1 hour – $3, all day Sun – Thur – $15, All Day Fri – Sat $20
  • Unused hourly time stays on your account, Day passes expire at the end of the day
  • Partys – 2 hour blocks, 5 people min 20 max.

The following is based on hourly use patrons, no food etc…

  • Max income: 6 days, 12 hour days, 1 day 14 hours. Max occup 50 people. 86 hours a week x 50 x 3 = $12, 900 a week, or $51,600 a month.
  • Average income: 50% = $6,450 week or $25,800 month, 25% = $3,235 week or $12,900 month

Expense:

  • Min wage is $8.00/ hour – so 4 people at 86 hours x $8.00/ hour = $688 a week * 2 for state fees = $1376 a week
  • Rent – Say $1000 / month
  • Electric, water, gas, trash  = say $500 month
  • insurance, operating permits, city fees $100 / month
  • Internet access $350/month for full t1 1024 up/down
  • 2 games for $22.95 month at gamefly – 50 stations = $1147.50 month
  • 3% per transaction via credit card fees
  • 10 PS3 * 300 = $3000
  • 10 XBOX 360  *300 = $3000
  • 48 port 10/100 switch $2500
  • Router / firewall / PC / Business Server $2500
  • 30 computers $1000 each $30,000
  • 50 42″ LCD Monitor/TV = $25,000
  • 50 Stations with lazyboy chairs $25,000
  • Vending machine $2500
  • Cleaning supplies / janitorial / Hardware maintenance and cleaning $200 month








Monthly Income Hourly fees $12,900 Daily Fees Food Slice of Pizza $2.00 Bottle Soda $1.00 Bottle Water $1.25 The following is based on hourly use patrons, no food etc… Bag of chips $1.50 Max income: 6 days, 12 hour days, 1 day 14 hours. Max occup 50 people. 86 hours a week x 50 x 3 = $12, 900 a week, or $51,600 a month. Monthly Totals $12,900 5.75 Average income: 50% = $6,450 week or $25,800 month, 25% = $3,235 week or $12,900 month Expense: Min wage is $8.00/ hour – so 4 people at 86 hours x $8.00/ hour = $688 a week * 2 for state fees = $1376 a week 4 Peoples wages $5,504 Rent – Say $1000 / month Rent $1,000 Electric, water, gas, trash  = say $500 month Utilities $500 insurance, operating permits, city fees $100 / month Insurance $100 Internet access $350/month for full t1 1024 up/down Internet $350 2 games for $22.95 month at gamefly – 50 stations = $1147.50 month Games $1,147 3% per transaction via credit card fees $8,601 10 PS3 * 300 = $3000 10 XBOX 360  *300 = $3000 10 PS3 $3,000 48 port 10/100 switch $2500 10 Xbox $3,000 Router / firewall / PC / Business Server $2500 30 PC $15,000 30 computers $500 each $15,000 50 42″ LCD $25,000 50 42″ LCD Monitor/TV = $25,000 50 Stations $25,000 50 Stations with lazyboy chairs $25,000 Vending $2,500 Vending machine $2500 Server / Net $5,000 Cleaning supplies / janitorial / Hardware maintenance and cleaning $200 month $78,500 Janitorial $200 Advertising $100 $300 Income $12,900 Expense $8,601 Profit $4,299




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