Lunch at Grandpa’s on New Years

This movie shows 100% typical family life for me. It’s for everyone who said they were curious to see the inside of Grandpa’s house, and to those of you studying Japanese and can’t get enough of hearing the real language.

I slapped this one together as quickly as I possibly could, and still from start to finish it took over four hours. Subtitles are an incredible time suck; not only adding them, but they also make the video take forever to render. I’m either going to have to find better video editing software or upgrade my CPU and motherboard. Working with the timeline in Windows Movie Maker is painfully slow.

I’m glad lets me cross-post to my blog so I can just hit the upload button and go to bed. It’s 2:40am right now and I have to leave for work at 7.


New Year’s is the one occasion when everyone “gets religion” here and pays a visit to a temple. It’s called hatsumode. Some show up at midnight, others visit during the day. Our family always goes late in the morning of Jan. 1.

It’s 6am and I just finished this video. I would have gone to bed hours ago, but I’ve been trying to fix a problem with Windows Movie Maker that’s putting an annoying blast of audio static between some clips during mixdown. It’s technical glitches like this that drive me nuts. Sorry to those of you listening with headphones.

Next podcast I’ll talk a bit about New Year’s here and explain some of the things you see in this video.

Update: I re-encoded it with Videora because it looked like shit. (Quicktime Pro does a horrible job with MPEG-4 compression.) Looks much nicer now, fewer artifacts, and I added letterboxing by running it through VirtualDub’s resize filter before encoding to H.264.

New Year’s Eve at the Pav’s

My contractually obligated media file for today. Happy New Year ya’ll!

BTW, good news for me, at least. I’m almost comfortable with putting out this unscripted, unedited, raw video file. If anything, it buys me 24 hours to make the next one.

The Roller Side at Yu-Land

I shot this video a few months ago during the dog days of summer. I know, I know, I’m shittin’ it out mighty late, but I edited it today so it counts towards the promised 50 in 50 days.

Yu-Land is an onsen and park on the outskirts of Koga that I take the kids to every so often. In the video, that constant drone you hear in the background is the sound of cicadas.

How to Open a Bottle of Lamune

There’s something about camera lenses that make little boys go completely apeshit. Between their seizures of goofiness, Tony (“Booger”) and Andy (“Goofball”) demonstrate how to open, drink and disassemble a ラムネ bottle.

This took an unbelievably long time to edit. I either need to stop being such a perfectionist, or learn how to be a faster one.

House Tour Video

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Here it is, finally! I edited the house tour video, getting it down to a decent length and size. Of course, I could pick it apart for mistakes, but that’s just me. Overall, I really like it, despite being able to hear snot whistling in my nose, jump cuts galore, and there being a raindrop on the lens. Actually, I like the jump cuts. For some reason they seem to add comic timing.

You’ll need to install Quicktime 7 to view it in its full widescreen H.264 glory. Unfortunately, these days you can’t upgrade QT without also upgrading iTunes to the craptacular version 5.


More videos to come, but life is still getting in the way. I spent all last night Crap Cleaning and defragging my landlord’s computers instead of editing media as planned. Also hooked him up with free anti-virus and anti-spyware utilities. He was very pleased. Next I’ll try to convert him to Firefox.

Preview of the next video: House Tour

Tony (a.k.a “Booger”) shows our house to the world after Daddy spent the day deep cleaning. (Mommy’s eyes popped out of her head and rolled around on the floor when she came home to a “house” instead of a “habitat.”) I got about as much cooperation as I can expect from an 8 year old who was pulled away from the PlayStation for 20 minutes. Preteen kids can either help you learn patience and compassion, or they can deepen your understanding as to why some animals eat their young. It all depends on your attitude.

This is a sneak preview of the real video to come as soon as I finish editing. The final version will look a WHOLE lot better in hi-res widescreen. The cheapo ultra wide-angle lens I picked up on Friday for US $50 is wonderful. When the video is encoded at half the resolution of DVD, you can barely notice the chromatic aberration around the edges.

I took a couple more videos over the weekend. They’ll be out this week. Along with the podcast from the Apple Store in Shibuya that goes along with the video I posted a few weeks back.

HFJ Video Chumbucket: A Walk Through a Supermarket

Last weekend we were at Ito Yokado, one of two department store/supermarkets in Koga, so Tony could get his video game fix. Right before we left, I took the video camera out of my backpack, turned it on and walked through the supermarket holding the camera as inconsicously as possible. Since I couldn’t see what I was filming, the video is crooked and jumpy. I’m tempted to figure out how to attach the camera to the front of a shopping cart in a way that won’t draw too much attention. And also to buy a wide-angle lens for it.

Here’s the RSS feed for the The Herro Flom Japan Video Clip Chumbucket:

You can also watch the video at and

I’ll try to do a better one sometime in the future. This one’s like looking at the world through the eyes of a midget with one leg a lot shorter than the other.

Apple Store Shibuya

In this episode, I almost do a videocast inside the new Apple Store in Shibuya. This one is in 320 X 240 resolution, so the file is a bit bigger than the previous ones. I did a podcast at the same time but haven’t finished editing it yet. It’ll be out soon.

P.S. Next time I do a videocast, I’ll be sure to wipe the shiny off my face first. It was really, really hot that day.