Videos of Watches on YouTube etc

I've posted a video demonstrating the features of my Casio AX-210 on youtube:
Now this is my first attempt at such an endeavour, so apologies if the sound isn't great and the focus keeps going, and the picture's the wrong way round!

What do you think, shall I do more...or should I not quit my day job!? Big Grin

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I share the world with billions of people and meets many everyday, yet somehow whenever I meet face to face someone from a watch forum it always throws me - the words I read come alive!

Watching your video was just that.

I suppose its like reading a book then watching the film. You ve already made the movie in your head.

Nice job BTW, I think theres a topic here - http://pocketcalculatorshow.co...246511/m/27720444941 to help you showing vids on the forum Smiler
Hi Caruso,

Thanks for sharing your video. A picture's worth a thousand words and a video is worth even more, especially for the AX-210 with its animated display and melody alarms.

Would love to see more. The only critique I have is the video plays sideways for me. What video editing tool are you using?

Video editing is pretty new to me...unfortunately, there aren't too many options for video editing in Linux. I've been using a tool called Kino.
Thanks for the kind words. I made it because I too found other people's videos so good for making a watch come alive.

I haven't got any video editing software, so I'll just have to turn the phone through 90 deg for the next one!

The options are:
Casio TC-600 Touch Screen Calculator
Casio H101 Marlin
Casio W50U World Time
Casio Straight Flush
Casio GD-9 Car Race

Any requests?
Caruso my good friend, I am a little sad because I could not understand what do you say in the video (sorry) Frowner , but the recordings of videos are in very good quality. Your H101 is beautiful and is perfect too! Wink

So, your collection is magnificent! Smiler

Congratulations!
Caruso, you did a excellent job on all of your videos, thank you !
The only "criticism" from me and engecampos is that you have that kind of accent that makes listening a little bit difficult if somebody is used to "normal" english taught in school in foreign countrys like (for example) germany.
But please, don't take this "criticism" too serious. One thing you could do if you ever want ro reedit your videos: Insert english subtitles at the bottom !
Okay, i know it is quite some work and requires a pc/mac with a videoediting software.

It came to my mind to make a CD/DVD-Collection of videos like yours about LCD-Watches to have a collection for the store or cabinet, for the documentation itself... something for TV AND! pc/mac. A lot of work. And hey, i don't think of selling it, no way, anything should be available as free download for anybody who is interested in, period. Something like this which i started for books, manuals, ads, catalogs etc.:

http://pocketcalculatorshow.co...01/m/27120088841/p/1

(which can be printed too if you have enough paper available Big Grin )

Okay, i am just dreaming...
Thanks oettingerexport, I value your comments as they help me make my videos better. I would like to share them with as many people as I can. I thought you all spoke good English, because the English in your posts is so good!

Fortunately YouTube allows you to add captions, so I have added them. I have paraphrased my commentary to make it easier to follow in the time.

Seiko C359-5000 with Captions:


This is exactly how i meant it in general, bubbles are fine too, subtitles don't need to be in the bottom area, that's fine too. I really know this meant a lot of extra work to you, beeing a old time video hobby filmer ( for example i filmed a wedding of a good friend some years ago with two cameras at the same time and i tell you this was a little nightmare to do the videoediting/cutting later and of course to syncronize both tapes - it was a job of 2 weeks for me). I will try to download your videos in the next time (not only watching them on youtube.com) and try to get a start with a little collection of videos about our beloved lcd watches. Of course i will share it here and of course for free in the way i did before with that "Books, manuals...etc."-link before - if you allow me to do this, please.

But, fellow readers, don't expect me to do that in that next days, it needs some time - i am not sure yet if i simply do a pure CDROM/DVD with folders or a real DVD with menus and crap (a lot of work).

Caruso - Will you add subtitles to all of your vids in the next time ?
oettingerexport, I would be pleased if you would like to use my videos. They are in the public domain.

I have now also added captions to the Cosmo Phase video - it takes much longer than making the videos! I have managed to get them at the bottom rather than in speech bubble, is that preferable?

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Originally posted by Caruso:
oettingerexport, I would be pleased if you would like to use my videos. They are in the public domain.

Thank you, i love you videos - no garbage, no strange sounds and animations, just pure information !

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Originally posted by Caruso:
I have now also added captions to the Cosmo Phase video - it takes much longer than making the videos! I have managed to get them at the bottom rather than in speech bubble, is that preferable?


Again, excellent work, i could not find any typos, too ! It is of course discussable if bubbles or static text at the bottom of the movie is better, but in my opinion... yes, i think text/subtitles should be in the bottom.
Anyways, continue the fine work, thank you very much !
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Originally posted by engecampos:
Caruso my good friend, I am a little sad because I could not understand what do you say in the video (sorry) Frowner , but the recordings of videos are in very good quality. Your H101 is beautiful and is perfect too! Wink

So, your collection is magnificent! Smiler

Congratulations!
engecampos, the H101 Marlin Video now has subtitles!
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Originally posted by Caruso:
I'm pleased to announce that ALL the videos now have subtitles!


GREAT ! I really know this was a lot of work for you to do !

Since i am ready with my work (until now) with the files i wanted to update for my "books, manuals, ads, catalogs" thread for this forum

http://pocketcalculatorshow.co...01/m/27120088841/p/1

i think i will start the work to compile a CD/DVD with a video collection about watches and of course all of your videos will be in this media too, Caruso !

I think i will link the media in the thread above too.
So stay tuned, friends ! Smiler
Caruso, i captured all of your vids currently available on youtube. There was a "little" problem: The subtitles are not embedded in the video itself which caused me some headaches... Of course, the only (easy ?) way to capture your videos with the subtitles was to record them "live" as a full screen capture in the best quality you provided (480p). Looks good.
As i said before, subtitles are a problem when you try to rip them from youtube as they are not embedded in the videostream. All other simple videos are no problem, you can rip them with special tools or tools for the browser you use normally (i prefer firefox and use the addon "DownloadHelper" for this).

I am still in the process for mastering a first version of a CD/DVD containing interesting videos about our beloved digitals. I think i will upload the first version when i have twenty+ videos on it. I will also include great documentation stuff on it like this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW844rJHGi0
(No SEIKOs or CASIOs were raped in this video, but some cheapo watches Eeker) Big Grin

I am somewhat unsure if it is necessary to produce a CD/DVD image of all this stuff, probably a archive with a good directory structure is fine, too ? This way anybody can do what he wants with the stuff later on. What do you think ?
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Originally posted by oettingerexport:
I am somewhat unsure if it is necessary to produce a CD/DVD image of all this stuff, probably a archive with a good directory structure is fine, too ? This way anybody can do what he wants with the stuff later on. What do you think ?
OTE, I think if you want to include an interface or menu system, then an iso image is the way to go. Otherwise a filesystem archive is fine.

I recently bought a Casio Tri Graph watch, which I'm planning on doing a video for. It's got some cool animations too.
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Originally posted by Caruso:
OTE, I think if you want to include an interface or menu system, then an iso image is the way to go. Otherwise a filesystem archive is fine.


For all possible readers: SORRY FOR THE FOLLOWING LENGHTY LETTER, BUT I FELT TO DO SO. Big Grin
AND PLEASE FORGIVE ME MY FAULTY ENGLISH, IT'S NOT MY NATIVE LANGUAGE.

Yes, but the problem with a "menu system" is - should it be a CD/DVD for the usual DVD-player at home ? Then it is necessary to resize (scale) all the videos to ONE size, necessary is at least a common size which every TV set (if it is not fifty years old) can display: Fullsize PAL (not HD) with 25 frames/sec. (used in europe, only the french use SECAM, i think) this means 720 x 576 resolution.... OR Fullsize (not HD) NTSC with 29,97 frames/sec. (used in the states and more countrys worldwide) this is 720 x 480 resolution.

Both standards should not be a problem anymore if your TV is not too old, i have a lot of NTSC DVDs here, but my native system is PAL here in germany, but no probs, my TV accepts both.
This is not the real problem, the problem is: the resizing (for a tv norm) increases the filesize by probably 25-50 percent (maybe more, depends) - second, for a video dvd for the usual dvd player on the tv at home all those *.flv or *.avi or whatever files need to be converted to MPEG-II stream to get a real video dvd.
This means: a big waste of space on the dvd, there could be much more on it if i let the movies as they are and only generate a data dvd (readable on pc only). Or just generate a simple archive with a logical directory structure, of course.

In short, if you want to have a menu system i think it would be wiser to generate a data dvd with the files itself as they are (of course with directorys for the brands) and/or generate some simple *.html-files for a menu. Makes more sense in my opinion, (what do you think ?) than to generate a video dvd with some 5 gigs which features only some 20+ movies - why ? When you could have a data dvd with 100 or more movies on the same space ?

Okay, but as i said this will be a long term hobby project for me. Some readers may ask themselves "Why all the work, he could easily look on youtube etc.". It's because i like to have something at home, on my harddrive and maybe one ore more DVDs in my treasure box too (which is filled with instruction manuals) - beeing independent from all the internet crap. There is so much interesting stuff to collect (like your videos, too) - but i can never be sure it is there the next day again ! Long time internet users probably know what i mean, the net itself is in constant motion... it's non-permanent. Here today, gone tommorow... The same concern drove me (because it is my damn hobby) to collect manuals, articles etc. about digital watches in my thread i linked here some posts before.

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Originally posted by Caruso:
I recently bought a Casio Tri Graph watch, which I'm planning on doing a video for. It's got some cool animations too.

Keep up the good work, buddy ! I don't know what has driven you to make this excellent "little documentations" in your spare time, but it was a good choice in my opinion - doing something useful for the digital watch collecting people and maybe to hold something ready for future generations too. No, i am not drunk, this is my true opinion !
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Keep up the good work, buddy ! I don't know what has driven you to make this excellent "little documentations" in your spare time, but it was a good choice in my opinion - doing something useful for the digital watch collecting people and maybe to hold something ready for future generations too. No, i am not drunk, this is my true opinion !

Big Grin

I too enjoy those video's very much, thanks caruso
Thank you both for your kind words.

It first occurred to me to make these videos when I was looking for videos of the watches I was interested in. There either weren't any at all, or the ones that did exist were very poor and didn't contain any real information about how they worked. But I had seen good video reviews of modern watches, so decided to take the same approach with some vintage digitals for posterity. We still don't know how long these watches will last, but I think that they will suffer from material degradation in a way that mechanical watches don't. Plus, I enjoy doing it of course!
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Originally posted by Caruso:
We still don't know how long these watches will last, but I think that they will suffer from material degradation in a way that mechanical watches don't.


"Fascinating" Mr. Spock said.... Smiler

Serious, a long time i thought digital (and especially watches with a lcd display) should be more robust than mechanical (analogue) watches. Sure, there is no wear and tear to the module itself if it is stored nicely, without decaying batteries and things like that. But there are things like UV radiation and material ageing, for sure. My opinion and experience is, when the mainboard (or module or is it called pcb sometimes in english language ?) isn't affected from defects by ageing then there are other parts which will be affected like the the polarizer of the lcd display or the zebra strips melting somewhat, or some oxidation took place on the board during all the years (some fluid or battery contamination). Another problem are dying quartzes.

But these are things which are somewhat obvious and can be exchanged or repaired, but sadly i have some watches sitting in my repair box (luckily no CASIO or SEIKOS) which shown no sign of life at all, regardless what i tried to them. Eeker

Uhmm... what i wanted to say... i really hope that this is not the truth, i mean that digitals will die more soon than mechanical analogue watches... but there is a chance i fear...
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Originally posted by Caruso:
I'm definately getting into the old Seikos. Here's my latest acquisition, an 0635-5019 from July 1976.



Apologies for the sound quality, not sure what went wrong there? It's probably best to just mute it and read the captions!


Absolutely brilliant caruso , the Seiko 0634 is one of my favorite watches Smiler
I am impressed ! I have read about this watch, seen some sold in ebay but never view one in demonstration.

You mentioned replacement modules. Does it mean now there are 3rd party companies that can replace the the MK3 parts should any need replacement ?

I have always wanted to get one but have been holding back because I heard the company supports these pieces in terms of parts and servicing. Please share more facts about this watch. Thank you.
Yes, there is a company providing replacement modules: http://www.strikesandspares.de/com/modriehl.htm

There is a manual for their synchronar module which explains the functions and settings in more detail than my video.

I'm really pleased with my Synchronar, you can tell a lot of thought has gone into a clean sheet watch design making full use of the new technologies (of 1971!). You can tell the design was the work of 1 man rather than a committee. It's a case of form following function.

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