The Poor Man’s Analyst

Need Help

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Sorry for the break, everybody. It came at a good time actually, since I was pretty much out of ideas anyway. Also, those player valuation things became a whole lot less fun since FanGraphs just came out with total value estimates, along with market value for each season dating back to 2002. If that wasn’t enough, each player’s actual salary is also listed right next to that, so you can compare. So instead of reading my long posts on player value for individual players (like the Nate McLouth thing), you can just look it up for yourself on FanGraphs.

I came up with an idea for some epic posts (not gonna share what the framework is just yet), and had a few other random ideas for things to write about. But in order to do some of these, I’m going to need help from you guys. I’ve been searching for weeks (on and off, obviously) for a way to convert either .swf or .mpg (or mpeg) files into .gif files for free. I found this one place called media-convert, but every time it finished the steps it then says an error occurred, and I have to start over. Also, I’m on a mac computer, so not all programs will work. The reason I need .gif files is because that is the only kind of “video” that wordpress will support. The reason I don’t want to use simple YouTube videos is because you can’t view them on a frame by frame basis (as far as I know). One thing I could do if someone knows how to view them frame by frame, is just embed the video as is, and then also throw in a bunch of still images from that video. If someone knows how to do that (and doesn’t know how to convert to gif), then that could be a decent substitute.

So basically: I want to convert .swf or .mpg to .gif for free on a mac. And if that’s not possible, I’d settle for capturing individual frames from a youtube video. E-mail me at dcn29(at)cornell(dot)edu if you can help me. Thank you very much.

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Written by dcn29

December 29, 2008 at 7:19 PM

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  1. You are going to want to use http://www.mediaconverter.org. It works very well. I have a mac as well. It converts it online and as long as the file is under 100mb you can use it for free.

    Mark Elliot Wishnia

    December 30, 2008 at 9:10 PM


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