Encoding 360 video in 6K for uploading

TL;DR: Use ProRes, or command-line ffmpeg to get 6K into H.264 outside of standard level specs.

The problem with trying to encode and upload videos in 6K is that it's hard to encode 6K video using highly-compressed codecs that are upload friendly. H.264 is currently the standard video codec used to compress video for Internet sharing, and its highest performance level doesn't support video resolutions higher than 4K. Here are two possible solutions.

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How to migrate your old Oculus Rift application data to a new drive

Although Oculus Rift's newest updates allow the installation of game and content data on a drive of your choice, your existing data can't easily be moved. I found this article that describes how to do it, but I found that my folder locations were different, and I had to change the order of its instructions in order to succeed. If you're willing to open an elevated command prompt in Windows 10 (a command prompt that has administrator privileges), you can do this pretty easily using the following steps...

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Fix: Adobe Premiere Pro CC plays clip previews too quickly

If Premiere Pro is playing clips back too quickly, check your Audio Hardware settings. If I set my Default audio input to "Microphone (Rift Audio)" (I have an Oculus Rift connected), playback is about twice too fast, and I can't get play it at normal speed. If I set Default Input back to "No Input", playback returns to 1x real time.

I hate this stuff.

Making a shortcut to a folder on a NAS box in Windows 10

Tonight I learned how to make a shortcut to a folder on a NAS box in Windows. Happy Christmas Eve!

mklink /d "c:\Users\echeng\Desktop\picturesnas" "\\freenas\medianas\pictures"

... will put a folder called "picturesnas" on my Desktop that points to the "pictures" folder in the "medianas" share on my FreeNAS box. I'm frankly incredulous that you can't just make shortcuts of this stuff from the normal user interface. I assume "ln-s" would also work in Windows Bash shell, but Windows-mounted network shares don't show up in bash, and I'd have to mount them again.

After you do this, you can stick that symlink "file" in any folder and then drag it to your Quick Access area.

You really can't make this stuff up.

Useful baby stuff

I've been asked a lot recently by friends for product recommendations for useful baby things (our son is now 18 months old). I remember how daunting it was to have a new baby on the way. A few friends dropped off literally truckloads of hand-me-down baby stuff, much of which were confounding collections of plastic tubes, cylinders, and funnels that were apparently supposed to connect in ways that might be useful. Every kid is going to be very different, but here's what Mako ended up using...

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