Okay, I have some updates on Smacker Vids.
1- The 3 minute bug is only happening with mp4 files.
2- a 2 hour and 12 minute 480p xvid avi file takes about 5 hours to smack.
3- I can smack multiple files at once without slowing things down (up to six on my machine), but I can't make individual smacks go faster.
4- 2 hours and 12 minutes at 480p turns in to 945 MB of barely watchable video at 119KBps (going to try again at a lower resolution, to see if I can get a quality boost)
Was able to verify that my Pentium MMX 144 can do VCD, Cinepack, and Smacker (surprising no one.)
I'm about to test the VCD, Cinepack and Smacker files on my 75 mHz Pentium, and then I'll try an xvid file on the pentium MMX.
At some point, I'll try the smacker files on my 486DX66, and see if that's an avenue worth pursing.
Not enough data to draw conclusions yet.
Smacker video runs without issue on the Pentium as expected.
I'm trying to see what kind of file size reduction I can do without venturing in to unwatchable (starting with reducing the bitrate, framerate, and resolution slightly.)
It seems unlikely that smacker is going to be a viable long term option though... It gets pretty ugly if the camera is moving at all. (Not all bad with a static camera though.)
The real trick, though, is going to be getting 20 minutes of watchable video to play back on a pentium from a zip disk or an ls120 drive.
If it's actually possible to do that, I'll do a video about it, and get an LS-120 drive and a zip 100 to celebrate.
But it feels unlikely that I would be able to get anything watchable to play back on such old hardware with a sub 85KBps bitrate
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