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Wednesday, December 8 12:00 AM ET

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Now you too can enjoy my Inbox without the annoying spam. Every week I get some amazing e-mail. Some amazing because of the sheer cluelessness of the sender, some because of the time and energy that went into crafting them and some are just simply amazing.


Somebody wants an email address for the Nigerian Billionaire. At least he's suspicious...

From: Doug
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2004 12:16 AM

Dear Brian,I would like the E-mail address of Mr.Esenam Ayele.I could use the money that he offers.But I am afraid that this is a way to get all my identy information.Please tell me more about this offer.

Your identy is safe with him.

A Canadian wants to know if his government is spending his money wisely...

Sent: Monday, December 06, 2004 8:34 PM
Subject: Canada Purchases Rights to "The Land of the Free" from USA

To whom it may concern. I am wonder if this story that is published is true . Please let me know....

Since, he's north of the border we can forgive him for being a bit slow.

Blade Trinity

Our Trailer Review of Blade Trinity elicited a few letters...

From: Jonathan
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2004 8:59 AM
Subject: Trailer Review: Blade Trinity

You neglect to mention that, along with all the other Matrix references, the trailer actually uses music *directly from* the Matrix.

Yup, I missed that one. Sorry.

From: Shannon
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2004 11:40 PM
Subject: Blade Trinity review comment - evolution

Oh, I almost DON'T want to write this. It will make me less of a Geek, and more of a dork. After quoting the movie "This guy has never had to evolve.", you wrote "When I think of perfection, lack of evolving is not the first concept that comes to mind".
1) Evolution has nothing to do with perfecting a species. Evolution is merely change, and it may not always be for the best. Nor do levels of evolution have to do with levels of perfection; as in "that species is more highly evolved than the other".
2) One species that has NOT evolved in millions of years is the shark. This is due to the fact that they are pretty much the perfect killing and eating machine. And there is no other animal we know of that is seemingly impervious to cancer.

Sorry to be such a dork.

Only on BBspot, only on BBspot.

Direct to Video

Several readers wrote in with suggestions for getting video off my old (non-firewire) camcorder for processing on my new PC. Maybe the advice will be help to others out there as well...

From: Philip
Sent: Monday, December 06, 2004 2:52 PM
Subject: Capture card

Hi I am an avid reader of your website and noticed you were searching for something to transfer video from your camcorder to. I recently (~2 months ago) purchased the Hauppauge PVR-250. It is very reasonably priced and comes with some good software. It will capture from virtually any device. I use it as a tivo-like device to record television programs (everything I watch is on Wednesday from 8-10pm so I have 2 vcr's going and the capture card). You can set the capture format quality anywhere from vcd to as close to a dvd movie that I have seen. Good luck!!!


From: Ryan
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2004 10:35 AM
Subject: video editing

i've done some of this . . i'd say that if it were me, I'd focus more on having some good software to do it with. Premiere is what I use, but other people have had good luck with other solutions (vegas, pinnacle studio, etc).

I'm still using Premiere 6, but I've played with the demo for Premiere Pro a little .. . it does a pretty amazing job of rendering out transitions and stuff in realtime, especially if you're just doing pretty straight-forward editing. You won't be able to preview it on an actual video monitor w/o a hardware solution, but if you have a 1394 input and Premiere Pro, its pretty slick. Depending on how OCD you are about making DVD's, the authoring software for DVD's is almost as important as the video editing software. Adobe Encore is really cool, but really pricey.

I use a Matrox edit card, which is nice, but might be overkill for your home video stuff.

that probably just added to confusion.


From: Michael
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2004 2:13 PM
Subject: Video capture

I have a lot of experience with video capture. Basically, if you have firewire on your camcorder you should just need a firewire port and some software to capture the video. I use Adobe Premier and Vegas Video personally, but even ULead Studios makes something decent you can use to get the raw video. Hell, even MS Movie Maker will capture from firewire-and it's free with XP.
If you have an older camcorder without firewire, get a PCI card with S-Video and RCA (composite) inputs. Most of the TV tuner cards will have these-and you can get TV on your system, also. Hauppauge makes some decent ones that don't cost a lot. I recommend them because they are hardware encoders-meaning they'll be faster and take up less resources than a software based card (like Pinnacle Systems lower-end products for example). My father bought a WinTV card last year and transferred all his VHS movies to MPEG2 so he could watch them on his PC. Anyway, hope this helps. Good luck and keep up the good work on the site!

Thanks to all. Any more suggestions, send them in.


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