Announcing PyTranscode

PyTranscode is a set of classes that control and report from FFMPEG. They also make using FFMPEG from python very very simple.

Things you can do with PyTranscode:

  • Transcode videos from format a to b using presets stored in another file
  • Extract splash images from a video file (actually extracts a series of splash images at user-defined intervals)
  • Objectify video files – create a VideoObject form a file and it will provide you with all the details of the file from framerate to duration to formats used in both audio and video
  • Runner – run FFMPEG command and trap the output, reporting back percentage complete of any action

Amazon RDS and Django

Amazon has recently released a long-awaited feature addition to it’s Web Services infrastructure: Relational Databases. Having for a long time only had SimpleDB on offer (non-relational and weird to implement), it’s always been something of a struggle to get MySQL running on EC2. Traditionally one would have to set up a block storage device, mount(…)

Great Little Helpers For Django

Over time I’ve found several really great apps that can really help you out with your next app – these apps take a lot of the work out of handling large sections of your site and can make your life much easier when developing your next great webapp. So here’s the list of my top(…)

Django API’s – Seeking Simplicity

This is a small piece of code I’ve found myself usingh quite often when building API’s – what it does, and all it’s meant to do is validate a POST or GET request and return errors and values back to the API function. I was tired of writing endless “if x in request.POST/GET” lines (particularly(…)

Django and JSON – Web services with an example from twitter

One of the great things about Python is the vast amount of libraries that are available to pull into your project – the resource at Vaults of Parnassus is a great place to start google code also tends to host lots of good python plugins. The same applies to wrappers for popular web services such(…)

Some tips on getting started with Satchmo

I’ve been playing around with Satchmo recently, and I’ve finally got it working the way I want – but it was a bit of a struggle, particularly with the configuration files – so here’s some quick tips to help anyone get started: First off – the installation documentation at the moment does not match up(…)

E-Commerce and Django – Satchmo Alternatives

Is it just me or is there a serious dearth in eCommerce options for Django? Recently I have been searching for a decent e-commerce frameworkand naturally I was immediately drawn to what seems to be the ideal solution: Satchmo. Unfortunately Satchmo is a serious pain to install, not only that, it has nine (9!) seperate(…) – Django rocks the party, again…

I’d just like to announce our latest creation – a django website, designed by the very talented Andy Shaw and developed purely in python by yours truly: Jetstar Magazine. The site, in all it’s glory, is in fact two websites – the same application manages two seperate magazines, one for Asia and one for Australia,(…)

Google Maps and Django

There is a great little python wrapper for the google maps API called pymaps – unfortunately every time I’ve had to implement it I’ve found that I’ve had to edit the wrapper to make it work properly (some of the generated JS doesn’t come out correctly – causing a failure in displaying the map with(…)