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Video Frame Extractor

This little program is designed to pick out the unique frames from a video recorded with cameras like the Stellacam and other integrating cameras. The video frames first need to be extracted into a folder using another program like K3CCDTools or VirtualDub. Once that has been done then you will start up my program and point its "Input Folder" to the folder where the raw frames were extracted. Next you will point its "Output Folder" to an empty folder where you want the unique frames copied to. Then the drop-down boxes for the "Shutter Speed", "Frame Accumulation", and "Capture Rate" will need to be set. It is important that you record these setting when you are at the telescope. For the Stellacam the shutter speed is set at 1/30 sec, but for other cameras like the Samsung SDC-435 the shutter speed can be changed. The capture rate can be set by your recording software so you need to pay attention to what that is set to. For NTSC video straight from a camera like the Samsung SDC-435 the frame rate is 30 frames per second.




Video Frame Extractor screen shotVideo Frame Extractor screen shot

Video Frame Extractor SetupVideo Frame Extractor Setup - 1,870 Kb


Setup Instructions

Save the zip file to a temporary folder on your hard drive and then extract the contents to that same folder and run Setup.exe. Accept all of the default options.

Program Notes

This program is freeware and carries no guarantees. This program was written in 32 bit Microsoft Visual Basic version 6, SP6



Duplicate File Finder

This program is a project that I started a number of years back and was put aside until recently. It has a number a file search options including a CRC (cyclic redundancy check) option that will locate duplicate files even if the file names and dates are different. The program was inspired by a duplicate finder that ZDNet published around 10 years ago that was so buggy that I decided that I could write a better one. The window that displays the list of duplicate candidates allows the user to launch/view the files. The user can even archive the duplicate candidates into a Zip file that gets stored under the application folder before deleting the files just in case they need to be recovered.




Duplicate File Finder main window screen shotDuplicate File Finder main window screen shot

Duplicate File Finder duplicate candidates window screen shotDuplicate File Finder duplicate candidates window screen shot

Duplicate File Finder SetupDuplicate File Finder Setup - 2,237 Kb


Setup Instructions

Save the zip file to a temporary folder on your hard drive and then extract the contents to that same folder and run Setup.exe. Accept all of the default options.

Program Notes

This program is freeware and carries no guarantees. This program was written in 32 bit Microsoft Visual Basic version 6, SP6



Sunflower Video Capture - Under Development

This program will will allow astrophotographers the ability to capture video from a number of different cameras. It will support long exposure modified web cameras (SC1 and SC2 modifications). The program will also allow multiple cameras to be connected at the same time. Other features include motion detection, video overlays, video editing, ASCOM interfaces for focusers and filter wheels, observing log, and GPS or NTP time synchronization.