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Bit of a Restructure?
I was thinking... Should we move the requested Character images here, rather than over at Battlestar Wiki:Character? I initially thought not, but I'm second-guessing myself, now. It seems like this is a better place for it. We can cross-link, of course, but I'm beginning to think it should be the opposite of what's now true (which I implemented). Anyway... Thoughts? --Day 01:10, 8 February 2006 (EST)
Methods to the Madness
A couple of times image-capture method discussions have cropped up. I thought this would be a wonderful, centrally located place to bring this up again. I use VLC (Video Lan Client) mostly because it has a built-in screen-cap function that isn't foiled by a DVD's copy-protection or whatever it is that keep the Windows "Print Screen" button from working right (I can explain that better if anyone wants details). However, VLC has the draw-back of having pretty bad timing functions (the minimum skip is, I think, 10 seconds and the pause is a bit delayed, so it's hard to get it to stop right when you want it to). I'd be interested in what other users who post screen shots use.
Additionally, I'd be interested in what media people capture from. However, this might be a stickey topic. Before an episode is available on DVD, the easiest (as far as I know) way to acquire a digital copy of it is via illegal download. If this is something that should not be discussed on the Wiki (so that there is no way at all to construe the facts as Joe or the Wiki condoning such things), then someone chime in and say so soon, please. --Day 01:10, 8 February 2006 (EST)
- As far as digital copies, aren't the episode available for $1.99 from the iEmpire (iTunes)? I've not played with that, so I can't testify about its quality. Also, VLC does have a 3 second skip (the default shortcut is the shift button, with arrow key to indicate forward or backward). There are a few TOS episodes that I've only seen in 3 second intervals as I was hunting screenshots. As for the Windows Print Screen failing... it isn't always sophisticated DRM that's the problem. This article talks about some possible fixes that will allow print screen to work. Basically it has to do with hardware acceleration and where in memory Windows grabs to get screenshots.
- I still haven't found a good alternative to VLC. Those solutions that had frame by frame capability capture to the clipboard, and I much prefer dumping the screenshot to a file like VLC does it. --Steelviper 09:06, 8 February 2006 (EST)
- While we don't have it written down anywhere, we don't condone unpaid downloading of episodes. (Primarily because it is legally dubious. Technically, you could download an episode from the internet as so long as you already recorded it on VHS, for instance.) Realistically speaking, many fans have gotten episodes via this route, particularly when the series first aired in the U.K. on Sky One.
- Anyway, for screen captures, I used Xine on Linux and DVDCapture on my Powerbook G4. (DVD Capture integrates into the default DVD player, so its only a capture tool and not a combo player w/capture tool.-- Joe Beaudoin 11:00, 8 February 2006 (EST)
- Quick technical note; the Windows print-screen button doesn't work not because of copy-protection, but rather because movie players use a video overlay if your video card supports it. They do this for performance reasons as most video cards support YUV conversation and smooth hardware scaling, making playback less taxing on the CPU. Since the video is being overlaid by the card right before it gets sent to the monitor, it's not in the framebuffer (just a blue or black square) and so that's what the print screen button grabs. If you want to use a different media player and print screen, what may work is going to the properties of your video card and turning the hardware acceleration all the way down. --Zeratul 15:41, 8 February 2006 (EST)
- In Windows, at least (I'm a Mac guy, primarily), you can use ALT-PrintScreen for screen captures from episodes downloaded from iTunes, since the playback doesn't involve the DVD playback layer (both Mac OS and Windows attempt to prevent you from screencaps in this manner). You have to somehow move the image (stored in the cut-paste clipboard) to an actual image file, but it works (see the new article, Stallion). I had to paste the copy into Microsoft Word and then save it as a Web page, which created the pictures as JPEGs that I could rename and use here. --Spencerian 15:56, 8 February 2006 (EST)
- My Mac was much easier to deal with regarding screen captures. However, the desk it is on sucks to sit at, and The GIMP doesn't run as smoothly on that one, so... There's that. I'd also love to know if someone knows how to get a higher rez grabs from a DVD. THey always end up being, like, 820px wide or something. --Day 23:28, 8 February 2006 (EST)
Six's glowey-spine bit from miniseries now uploaded as 6spine-ms.jpg.
Do with it what you will
Durandal 13:59, 8 January 2006 (EST)
Thrace's Surgical Debut
Good luck on this one. I of course could be wrong, but from what I can tell, that impression the viewer gets of Starbuck hacking the Raider's brains out is a product of the magic of modern cinematography and editing. The one shot I did find shows nothing but two gloved hands (one holding a blurred blade) hovering above an indistinct pink and red blob.
As far as the tighter headshots of the known Humano-Cylons, I could... well.. if ya want I can take what we've got into Photoshop, do my voodoo, and re-upload. Is that what you really want? --Watcher 14:31, 8 January 2006 (EST)
- Nah, I'll take care of it. --Peter Farago 14:39, 8 January 2006 (EST)
I just uploaded a photo of Hot Dog reading Nympho. It's under Hot_Dog_reading_Nympho.jpg .--Ltcrashdown 23:38, 5 February 2006 (EST)
Kara vs the raider
The pic to the Cylon Models article, for the cylon spacecraft kara's cutting through is SCinside.jpg. I added the thumb to the article, hope you dont mind.
best wishes. dancing_salad 19:41, 21 February 2006 (EST)
- Not at all. Thanks for taking the initiative. --Peter Farago 19:47, 21 February 2006 (EST)
Cylon Models and uniform
i think are already done. just erased it.--Dancing salad 12:16, 26 February 2006 (EST)
The Twelve Colonies seal
I have just uploaded a PNG of the Colonial seal. It is available at Colonial_seal.png --Doafhat 18:49, 3 April 2006 (EST)
- I've seen some better versions of the Colonial seal out there. of course, beggars can't be choosers. --The Merovingian (C - E) 14:49, 4 April 2006 (CDT)
- I'd actually rather have a screen shot... or do we specifically not want a screen shot? I may be missing something. --Day (talk) 22:44, 4 April 2006 (CDT)
Just a Note...
I've uploaded a bunch of images for people that have requested them here - but no-ones used them, and they're now appearing in the island of misfit images :( --Fordsierra4x4 20:01, 1 August 2006 (CDT)
- Still no signs of cleanup :( --Fordsierra4x4 13:27, 8 August 2006 (CDT)
- Busy working on some articles for the Vipers. Going to be good since most is fromt he new issue of BSG Mag, Sept, 2006 issue. --Shane (T - C - E) 13:35, 8 August 2006 (CDT)
- Shane there were a few minor points in that article, but mostly it's just stuff about fighter combat that BSG Magazine threw together. I didn't really know how much of that was applicable to BattlestarWiki. (THat is, they've been known to make stuff up, and they're not directly associated with the writing staff or Universal Studios...I asked RDM and he said he has no input into what they do; back on the Citation Jihad talk page, I discussed this some months ago; essentially, they have exclusive interviews not to be found anywhere else, but other than that they mostly just print "filler" material in the back) --The Merovingian (C - E) 13:49, 8 August 2006 (CDT)