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Micro Movies

Microscope Jig

I have been working on embedding short movies taken through the field microscope into the blog.

The movies are captured using a technique called eyepiece projection in which a compact digital canera is placed above the microscope’s eyepiece. The camera’s ‘movie capture mode’ yields a video file which is later converted from its native format (avi or mov) to a streaming Flash movie format (flv) for use on this site. I use the dandy Riva FLV Encoder 2.0 for this. Once created the Flash flv movie file is combined in a simple WWW page with an embedded player (swf). The simple WWW page containing movie and player is then called by a javascript pop-up window routine placed in a post on this blog. The reference that calls the Javascript pop-up window can be a text link or, as in the cases below, a still image serving as a thumbnail.

Easy breezy.

Click on a thumbnail below to see if our method works for you.

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27 December 2005

A 2.5 minute sequence presenting an unknown creature collected in Salt Pond N4, a turbid, green pond just north of the Dumbarton Bridge’s eastern anchorage. This is my first editing exercise with Adobe Premiere Elements v2.0.

C. Benton

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10 January 2005

Clip of rotifers found in a sample taken near Coyote Hills Slough. Sample was taken from a bright green salt ponds along the old course of the slough.

C. Benton

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4 November 2005

Clip of a Mono Lake amoeba.

W. Lanier

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21 November 2003

Sample from the purple portion of the pool on the north edge of Don Edwards Pond N1.

C. Benton

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21 November 2003

Sample from the green portion of the pool on the north edge of Don Edwards Pond N1.

C. Benton

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