Compiling HandBrake on TFM

  1. Get the handbrake from official web site
  2. untar into a temp dir
  3. configure it and change dir to build dir
  4. export HASDOCBOOK=no     (this is needed because we don’t need fontconfig documentation to be rebuilt)
  5. edit contrib/libvorbis/module.defs and change  LIBVORBIS.CONFIGURE.bootstrap to LIBVORBIS.CONFIGURE.bootstrap = rm -fr aclocal.m4 autom4te.cache ; chmod a+x ; ./ ;
  6. change dir to build dir. run make

That’s all to have HandBrakeCLI compiled.

The GUI version still requires some work. I will update the post then.


From 2.3s to 22ms in 1 minute. Mysql index optimisation

In my little free time i developed for Tfm Group Software a small php application that read from a mysql table , made some calculation and presented a small table as result. In a cron job at every 5 minutes some data were inserted in the database. So far so good. The application was ok  and did it’s job . Another projects came and i forgot about it. However the data kept being inserted in the table. Several months later  i tried to load the result page . And for my surprise it loaded in 2.3 seconds. For a moment i was thinking that i did something wrong or the application was modified. Well it didn’t . In the database i had 375k rows but no indexes. The most used column was `insert_date` . So instantly i checked if i used index on it . Well i didn’t . So the quick fix came naturally:

create index a1 on tfm (insert_date);

And the page load time decreased magically from 2.3s to 22ms . This is a reminder to power of myql indexes in tfm linux or any other linux of your choice.


How to do live video streaming

In this article i will cover live video streaming on the internet using Adobe Flash technology. Why would you need to do live streaming ? If want people to see in real time what is happening in a location , if you want to show to people a sport event or if your friends that are miles away from you want to see your wedding you will need to do live video streaming.

What tools will you need ? Well that depends on two main things: quality of the broadcast and number of people that will watch the live event. Let’s start with a high quality and lots of people that will watch the event. For this you will need:

A very good video and audio signal for the encoder . From my experience there are several ways to do it:

  • a professional camera with firewire works best or even better if you can rent a video mixer and use multiple cameras.
  • If you have SDI signal you can use Osprey HD capture cards

An encoder PC ( or laptop ) with firewire interface.

  • You will need a fast processor and a fast hardisk in it if you want to record the event for later use.
  • Install Adobe Flash Live Encoder (Adobe FMLE) . At the time i write this article the latest version is 3.2.
  • Adobe FMLE comes in 2 flavors: Windows version and Mac OSX version

A CDN ( Akamai , Edgecast, Level 3 Communications, etc ) or if you intend to broadcast yourself and intend do to this for profit you can build you own CDN ( this will be covered in another article )

If you buy services from a CDN you will have to pay on how much bandwidth your viewers will consume. And that can be expensive

If you have built your own CDN  you can achieve 20.000 simultaneous viewers with 1 core and 5 edge servers.


Setting up Adobe FMLE

Adobe FMLE settings part1
Adobe FMLE settings part1

Important video parameters are: Format to be H264 , framerate is also important ( i choose 15 or 25 ) , input video size should ALWAYS be greater or at least equal to the output video size.

For audio encoding . This is a little bit tricky . Adobe FMLE does not support AAC encoding by itself . You will need a special plugin for that.

And if you will target Iphone / Ipad and other mobile devices you will also need this settings:

Adobe FMLE settings part 2
Adobe FMLE settings part 2




Linux kernel 3.0 is near

Linux Torvalds, has signed off the release candidate version as Linux 3.0 RC1.
What is new in it ?

  • New Microsoft Kinect driver
  • updated graphics drivers
  • cleancache support
  • optimizations for Intel and AMD processors

But mainly this new numbering will force companies to keep their products close to the latest kernels. Right now there are many companies that trumpet they support 2.6 kernel and in fact they are supporting the old 2.6.26 or worse version.

Also this move celebrates Linux entering in it’s third decade of life.

Well . I can say that i’m slightly older than linux . But not with much.