We’ve started an Online Disc Store

img_7617_bf0cb84e-4b86-4f89-9904-b60252675d96_1000xMy wife Melodie had the idea of having a family based business that we’d be able to do, and since we all enjoy disc sports and e-commerce is relatively easy to get into we said, hey let’s try setting up an online disc store and run the inventory from our garage!
So starting today you can now find our new family business at mydisc.ca.

We carry the awesome rubber based discs from Vibram Disc Golf, and the Canadian made discs from Daredevil Discs here in Ontario. Official Ultimate discs and the really nice flex golf discs that are great for playing in the cold.

Check it out, and if you’d like to try out some new discs we’d love to have your business!


New YouTube Channel, Did You Know?

Last week we launched a new YouTube channel at youtube.com/fingertipknowledge

Why? Mostly because I enjoy making little videos and I enjoy cool facts and I enjoy doing stuff with my son Adam. We we are going to start making fun videos like this for a little while and see what happens. Maybe if enough people enjoy them we’ll continue!

Subscribe if you want to see more.

Merge Split MTS AVCHD Clips on Windows

logo_avchdOne really annoying thing about working with high definition video on the Windows platform is that none of the video editing application out there seem to understand that video clips from the camera may be split into multiple files because of the 2GB file size limitation of the FAT32 file system. In my case I’m working with a Canon XA10 recording to an SD card and editing using Adobe Premier.

At home I have a couple Macs with OS X and iMovie and Final Cut Pro X. All of the OS X programs have no issues with video clips that span multiple .MTS files, so it’s really annoying to me that none of the Windows apps know how to handle them.

A friend of mine came up with a really simple solution for us, which is a batch file that does a copy /b on the MTS files. We have this batch file sitting on the desktop and then simply select the MTS files we want to merge and it merges them into a single file. It makes things much easier, although of course it would be nice if it just worked like it does on a Mac.

Here is a slimmed down version of the batch file we use. Simply enter this code into notepad and save it as merge.cmd or something like that as long as it has a .cmd file extension. And then select the .MTS files from the camera’s SD card and drag them onto the merge.cmd script, and it will ask you to enter a path to save the merged file to, so enter that and hit enter, and it will do the magic. Have fun!

One quirky thing we discovered, when dragging the .mts files from the SD card, click on the first file from the set when dragging, otherwise the order could get messed up.

The batch file code:

@echo off
title Merge Files.
set /p choice="Enter path to merge to: (eg. C:\video\test.MTS) "
if "%~1"=="" exit
if not "%~1"=="" SET one=%1
if not "%~2"=="" SET two= + %2
if not "%~3"=="" SET three= + %3
if not "%~4"=="" SET four= + %4
if not "%~5"=="" SET five= + %5
copy /b %one%%two%%three%%four%%five% "%choice%"