Video is Up

Posted on August 29, 2005
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OK, I just decided to stop fighting it and go with OurMedia for now. The video of me hacking the CVS camera is now posted. I know it is too long, the camera work is shaky, but it’s the first video thing I have ever done and the first time I have ever worked a camcorder. Subsequent ones should be better. Let me know what y’all think.

Update: You can subscribe to the RSS feed of my OurMedia account. Fire it up with iPodderX or FireANT and all will be well.

Update #2: I waited all day to tell folks about this to make sure OurMedia didn’t take a dump, but it seems to have right as MAKEZine linked here. Here is a Torrent of the video as well. To answer a question in the comments, this is in H.264 format or codec. I would have to learn more to know diddly squat about video codecs, but that’s the one I used.

Update #3: OurMedia seems to be back.

Update #4: For those having problems with original, there is a more standard encoding available now.

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  1. ricky on August 29th, 2005 10:32 am

    You should be careful with how you use and define ‘solderkiddies.’ Normally, ‘scriptkiddie’ carries poor connotations. However, the whole idea of MAKE is positive. We want people publishing this sort of tangible HOWTO. I’m not knocking ‘solderkiddie,’ we just need to let people know this is a positive thing. We WANT people to be solderkiddies. This sort of emulation is how a lot of people learn.

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  3. Adam on August 29th, 2005 10:59 am


    What codec is this in?? I can’t seem to play it on my QT (hopefully it’s not that QT7 specific format, b/c I refuse to upgrade because I’d have to pay for a new version of QT Pro (which I got “for free” with Final Cut Pro))


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  5. MAKE: Blog on August 29th, 2005 2:40 pm

    CVS Camera Hacking video…

    A short film from Dave Slusher of Evil Genius Chronicles about how to get the movies off of the CVS one-time use video camera, documented with the camera itself. Based on the work of John Maushammer. Thanks Dave! Link.

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  7. Doug Kaye on August 29th, 2005 7:02 pm

    I love this video, Dave. It’s vintage Slusher, if there is such a thing.

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  9. ChrisVioxxx on August 29th, 2005 8:01 pm

    Dave’s delivers exactly the right film at the right time. CVS will find that their camera’s are selling faster than they can keep them in-stock. Enjoy the information today before it hits Wired Magazine and the general public in the near future.

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  11. andyw on August 29th, 2005 10:29 pm

    I can’t read it either, mplayer, qt, whatever – can’t find anything here to play it. Get the audio OK, but no video.

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  13. dave on August 29th, 2005 10:48 pm

    Doug, thanks. I think.

    Chris, I went to see if I could pick up another but they were already closed.

    All of you who can’t see the video, are you all on Windows? The next one I do, I’ll do the standard codecs and maybe it will work for everyone.

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  15. Andrew Herron on August 29th, 2005 11:45 pm

    Quicktime 6.5.2 for windows here, comes up with a warning “compressor could not be found”.

    I don’t have a good reason for not running v7, I just can’t be bothered upgrading when I never use it except for watching movie trailers 🙂

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  17. andyw on August 30th, 2005 9:59 am

    mplayer failed on Linux for me, I’ll try downloading qt7 on a wintendo box and see if that works..

    Film at 11.

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  19. Mark VandeWettering on August 30th, 2005 10:11 am

    I had the same problem with playing his video as everyone else, but note: VLC ( will play Apple Quicktime 7 files, and played the video very nicely.

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  21. Saman on August 30th, 2005 10:15 am

    Does not work with QT 6.5 on Windows XP. Just voice only.

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  23. Wei-Yen on August 30th, 2005 7:14 pm

    Hi Dave,

    A very good first time for video. I love the subtitles! 😀
    Just a suggestion, if imovie supports it, you might want to export to plain mpg so that any plain media player can play it. 🙂

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  25. Mathew on September 19th, 2005 10:01 pm

    For those of you interested theres some guy on ebay selling a camcorder with a usb connector installed on it: