Thjs morning I decided to create the videos for the help page of the project website. The screencasting using BBFlash Express went well with a reasonable quality video and audio. I remember doing something similar for another project and converting the generated BBFlash file to AVI. This went ok and exported from the recorder and saved to the file I had created.
My problems began when I realised that in the previous example of this type of webpage I had used the HTML5 format to display the video as it does not require the user to have a player installed. The format for this type of video file is OGV. Now whilst there are convertors out there they are not free and £69 is more than I want to pay at the moment. Then I remembered that I had used Ubuntu and a free convertor last time to generate the OGV file required to embbed the video in a webpage.
Ok so now I have a solution to my problem, what about Ubuntu? The machine I have as a test bed for various software installs and testing different OS’s has currently got Windows Developer Preview on it, effectively Windows 8 Beta, together with Windows 7 64 Bit. What to do? I know, use a spare harddrive and install Ubuntu. After about 2 hours messing around I had installed Ubuntu and now needed to find the convertor. The version of Ubuntu I had decided to run was old, I think version 9. The convertor I wanted is no longer supported in this version so now I have to upgrade to the latest version of Ubuntu.
I will report back once this process is completed.