Distributed AV1 Video Encoding

  • Posted on: 17 October 2018
  • By: moisesmcardona

Hi everyone,

Yesterday, I began working on writing code to encode video files to AV1 in a distributed computing fashion using my private BOINC server. I wrote some PHP code and developed a Windows Forms software that will submit the video files to the distributed computing server so that it can send jobs to connected machines.

Downloading ffmpeg (General instructions)

  • Posted on: 16 October 2018
  • By: moisesmcardona

Hi everyone,

Today, I'll show you the steps to download ffmpeg in your Windows machine. This is needed for tools like rav1e_gui, which uses ffmpeg to pre-process and post-process video files when encoding them to the new AV1 video format.

Below are the steps:

  1. Navigate to https://ffmpeg.zeranoe.com/builds/

A Failed Seagate 5TB Hard Disk Drive

  • Posted on: 11 October 2018
  • By: moisesmcardona

Hi everyone,

Today, I'm sharing a picture of a failed Seagate 5TB Hard Disk Drive. This model is ST5000DM000. This is how it looks internally:


The drive failed prematurely. It looks good. The heads are parked correctly, and it spins up. The problem seems to be in the firmware are of the disk, as it seems to seek but after that, it does a 5 soft clicks before the SATA to USB adapter begins to blink. This HDD was taken out of the external enclosure and was from the Seagate Expansion series.

Shucking a Western Digital 8TB My Book External Hard Disk Drive

  • Posted on: 9 October 2018
  • By: moisesmcardona

Hi everyone,

In today's post, I'll be sharing some pictures of my shucked Western Digital 8TB My Book External Hard Disk Drive.

I got this hard drive as I've already had 2 other Seagate Hard Drives fail and needed another drive. I changed brands to Western Digital as I've been having a bad luck with Seagate lately.

Here's the drive's box:

The drive outside of the box:

Online Opus Encoder

This tool was developed to allow users to encode FLAC and WAV files to Opus. Your files are encoded using the latest opusenc tool to provide the best audio quality.Select a FLAC or WAV file, choose your bitrate, and press the Encode button. Enjoy!

Browse for a .FLAC or .WAV file to encode to Opus:

Choose a Bitrate:

opusenc.exe new build using libopus 1.3-rc2-2-ga8e2a2b1-dirty - resample quality level 10 - Opus GUI updated

  • Posted on: 27 September 2018
  • By: moisesmcardona

Hi everyone,

Today, I bring you a new version of opusenc.exe, using libopus 1.3-rc2-2-ga8e2a2b1-dirty:


This version brings the changes performed up to today's commit, but I also upped the Speex Resampler quality from 5 to 10, as you can see in the following image:

speex resampler quality 10

As usual, I'm encoding my files using the latest commit.