Video editing on Linux

I haven’t done or tried it since a while, but “Today’s Big Story” on LXer with its headline “The current state of video editing on Linux” grabbed my attention. And the article on gives some nice links to learn Blender – I should watch a couple of these, since I was a bit overwhelmed by that program in the past.

The best thing about Linux, again and again? That this is all just an ‘apt-get install‘ away, at least on Debian (and/or on Ubuntu)… :-)

Friends shooting friends

From a short (ca. 4 hours) photowalk with friends, yesterday in Mainz:


Meike & Rhia, January 2015


Looking through her hair…


Cigarette break


Rhia, profile, January 2015


Meike, profile, January 2015


Mélanie & Markus reviewing photos, January 2015


The fading sun in her eyes…


On the bridge




Jana, January 2015

Full size photos on Flickr if you click on them, as always.

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Crazy high ISO

No, I’m not Steve Huff, so excuse the title. But what would you expect when taking photos with a Micro Four Thirds camera set to ISO 25600, with no noise reduction? Not much I guess. Well this morning I took a few photos of Mitchie in almost complete darkness, lit only from the back by the remote kitchen light, and from the side illumination of her tablet or phone screen (forgot). At ISO 25600. And guess what – when I removed the colours (the two light sources had different temperatures), I quite liked it. A bit like film, and not too grainy.

What if I tried that even with colour? Here are two of Tuna which I took some minutes ago:



Again, both taken at ISO 25600 with no noise reduction, and also without sharpening. In fact I didn’t try any processing here and converted the raw files like they came out of camera (with saturation set to “-1″). If you try to change anything (like the saturation for instance), things fall apart quickly. But you can still improve them when converting them to black & white.

Of course the dynamic range of these is reduced, but the noise even doesn’t bother me too much even when looking at them at the size of my 24 inch monitor. I guess an A4-sized print would still be ok.

Pretty amazing what these small cameras can do today.

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Windows 7 support

A day or two ago one of my colleagues told me (or rather us) that Windows support for their version 7 of the operating system ended this week. And yesterday I told the same to a friend who’s also in IT (in a manager position even), and his reaction was a bit like:

“What? We just rolled out version 7! Cannot be – I’m sure you’re talking about Windows XP?”

Well yes and no. For XP, even the “extended” support ended last year, that is correct. But if you look at Microsoft’s “Lifecycle” page, their so-called “mainstream” support for version 7 ended this week indeed. But the “extended” one will continue for another 5 years, time enough for most enterprises to upgrade to some newer client operating systems.

Should you have any questions about this, the page lists 3 commonly asked ones, and have a look at the “what does it mean?” page as well.

Basically, for Win7 that means that you have to install Service Pack 1, and/or to enable automatic updates. That way, your Win7 will still be supported until its “end of life” in about 5 years from now.

Vista? Oh well – two more years if you’re on Service Pack 2 (see my first link above).

Hope that clears any questions.