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Welcome to Omnibits for Friday, 2 August (Day 0)
Your humble correspondent woke up at 6am to beautiful, clear blue skies, but three hours later, it is solid low overcast. Doh!
Skydive Hibaldstow is a remarkable place, an out-of-the-way, rustic
drop zone with a personality all its own. Four-way teams started
arriving early today and hopefully the weather will cooperate enough
this weekend to get the Cup in.
More soon, stay tuned!
Skydive Hibaldstow, general spectating area. Manifest is the window under the awning.
Hibaldstow, looking the other way. Judging is in the upper floor of the
"packing hangar", the Quonset hut in the background that should never
be confused for a "hangar" ;)
The view out the back window of my room at the Artie's Mill Lodge
B&B. The feathered friends -- a dozen of them -- were in the
background for a nicely framed photo, but as soon as I opened my window
they made a rush for me. What could they possibly have wanted?!
Resuming where I should have started :)
to the OSHD coverage of the 2013 Hibaldstow 4-Way Cup. This is one the
largest unsanctioned skydiving competitions in the world and it is an
honor and a pleasure to have been chosen by the management at Skydive
Hibaldstow to support this competition with OmniSkore!HD.
you can see, the "OmniBits" part of OSHD competition coverage starts
with "Day 0", the day before the scheduled start of the first event of
a competition. You can expect "Day 0" coverage to mostly contain boring
errata and "who cares?!" setup notes aimed at curious family members,
hopeless competition junkies and the terminally bored. I will shift the
coverage in following days to field reporting of the competition.
Because I'm "flying solo" here, the breadth and depth of that coverage
will depend on how busy I'm kept here with other things, so I beg your
patience if you only see stale coverage.
Setting up OSHD at a
competition site where it has not been used before always presents its
challenges, and Skydive Hibaldstow is no exception. Most DZs (all
of them?) have been using a lot of analog video distribution technology
for a long time, which of course is incompatible with HD/HDMI
equipment. Consequently the chief challenge here has been how to get
OSHD's HD "DZTV" video product from the judging area over to the bar /
viewing area in the next building to the north. It's much too far for
an HDMI cable or even a composite video cable, so we're going to try to
send a 1360x768 VGA signal extended over Ethernet using a "Cat5
Video Extender". Currently waiting for a couple of parts for the final
cable assembly ...
T2 will be very pleased to learn that the
NetPost tool now provides integrated management of OmniBits editing.
(I'm typing this in KompoZer in the omnibits_20130802.html file
launched from the "Edit | OmniBits ..." menu.) Hopefully this will make
his life a little easier when we're working the World Cup in Banja Luka
in a couple of weeks.
Oh, and WELCOME, ChutingStar, your Skate & Skydiving Superstore, and our newest omniskore.com sponsor!
weather remains cloudy but some jumping squeezed in here and there.
Stu's plan to use VGA over Ethernet technology ended when he determined
he didn't have all the hardware necessary, so Plan B and a Half is
going to be to create 720x480 mp4 files using the same tools we
use for creating the smaller versions that get linked on the results
pages. These mp4 files will get robocopy'd from my dual-NIC laptop to
the media player PC in the bar, which will play them with the custom
video player I'm now putting the finishing touches on (forward slash
5pmCompetition draw is at 9pm tonight!