AMD Geode/Video 1

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This page is about the Repairing an AMD Geode: Part 1 video.

See the parent article for details about what's happening in the video.

See AMD Geode/Video 1/Script for a textual description of the video.

Because of prolonged production time I released what I had so far as part 1 before starting with part 2.

Footage was shot from November 21 2021 through November 30 2021.

Editing was done from December 2021 through February 2022.

Mistakes[edit | edit source]

Overall I made the following mistakes during production:

  • I didn't write a script
  • I didn't film any usable B-roll
  • I didn't make any kind of time for interjections
  • There's no soft transitioning between scenes
  • I didn't lock exposure on a bunch of clips
  • I didn't white balance clips properly
  • I didn't know what type of clips I needed in advance
  • I didn't even know what type of video I was making

Achievements[edit | edit source]

As a counter to mistakes, here's some things I did do well:

  • I filmed enough stuff to get the video done
  • The video doesn't require a technical background to understand
  • Listening doesn't lose important details
  • I finished it

Audience feedback[edit | edit source]

After release and during production I generally got the following feedback:

  • People liked the cat

That's about it. Which means the video didn't have any huge flaws.

Workflow[edit | edit source]

By the end of production my workflow looked like this:

  1. Insert clips in to rough order and length
  2. Record voice-over in Audacity
  3. Match the audio up with the clips
  4. Tighten the timings a bit until things feel more natural

Most of the time and hesitancy of editing goes in to me not wanting to do the voice-over.

In the end I had to repeat this since the audio recording I did wasn't clean enough.

I really didn't enjoy constantly re-doing audio and re-writing subtitles and the script. It would have been better to do this as I edited to some extent, especially since I rarely went back and changed major things.

Tools[edit | edit source]

I used the following tools to make this video:

  • Pentax K-5 camera
  • Scarlett Solo with a VXLR adapter
  • Rode Lavalier GO microphone
  • Gophert NPS-1601 power supply
  • protech QM1571 multimeter
  • Siglent SDS1102CML+ oscilloscope
  • Pinecil soldering iron
  • Logitech C270 camera as a microscope
  • Kdenlive 19.12 (newer versions can't export WebM VP8)
  • Audacity for recording and cleaning audio
  • Aegisub for subtitles
  • Inkscape for title cards and other text overlay

Overall progress[edit | edit source]

To do[edit | edit source]

  • Post: Audio described version with Carlos as me

Done[edit | edit source]

  • Scene: Introduction
  • Scene: Board showoff
  • Scene: Powering the board
  • Scene: RAM
  • Scene: BIOS removal
  • Scene: Battery removal
  • Scene: Keyboard
  • Scene: Surprise cat
  • Scene: Ethernet
  • Scene: Breadboard serial cable
  • Scene: VGA probing
  • Scene: VGA board check
  • Scene: SD card over IDE attempt
  • Scene: Molex USB connector
  • Scene: USB powering
  • Scene: USB measurement
  • Scene: VREF on datasheet, VGA schematics on OLPC
  • Scene: Looking for VREF
  • Scene: Probing BGA
  • Scene: Null modem cable (Didn't film, just show eBay image)
  • Scene: CompactFlash (Show eBay image)
  • Scene: DOS (Didn't film, add to wiki?)
  • Scene: Linux and VGA
  • Scene: Probing VGA again
  • Scene: Solder mess-up
  • Post: Test viewing
  • Post: Insert mention of original IBM computer in intro for context
  • Post: Outro/ending/credits
  • Post: Fix badly drawn schematic (Kdenlive doesn't like JPEGs)
  • Post: Note about audio gear
  • Post: Note about scope and webcam
  • Post: Wiki page, all details
  • Post: Finalize video, audio, script and subtitles for 00:00 to 03:00
  • Post: Finish script description
  • Post: Fix video glitch from webcam footage
  • Post: Re-do the schematic image for better contrast
  • Post: Decide not to do music
  • Post: Finalize video, audio, script and subtitles for 03:00 to 06:00
  • Post: Clean pass 1 audio
  • Post: Finalize video, audio, script and subtitles for 06:00 to 09:00
  • Post: Finalize video, audio, script and subtitles for 09:00 to 11:00
  • Post: Release
  • Post: Clean up script