Sunday, September 2, 2012

#388 - TECHNOLOGY | Using Quicktime to spy on demons (Part 1 of 2)

Once you've eliminated fear from the arsenal of the enemy, you have to add capability to yours. That means acquiring the talent and skills necessary to fight back, and the Technology posts on this blog enable you to do that in several ways.

Not only do they provide instructions for using your cellphone and computer to aid you, they also keep these otherwise useful tools from being employed to your disadvantage by explaining how technology can be used against you, and what workarounds are available in those situations.

To that end:
Because demons routinely employ technology in their nefarious agenda (see VIDEO | Demons (or other) hinder efforts to post to Facebook), this kind of knowledge and capability is a true hindrance to their progress, and that always gets their attention (see Demons vow seven-year incarceration over cellphone mods).

Demonic technology, on the other hand, is more sophisticated than anything described in any work of fiction, leaving only acts of sabotage and preventative measures as viable solutions to the problems they create. Even still, demons can be fought, and they have much to teach.

A three-second clip of a demon displacing air as it moved under cloak allowed for a determination as to the type of cloak some demons use, and, much to their consequence, ways of detecting demons in this semi-invisible state. Specifically, its cloak exhibited the same problems inherent to metamaterial cloaking, which is known to humans; specifically, the problems of refraction, made evident by the strong refraction of the light passing around the cloaked demon (similarly to a prism, which is transparent, but not invisible, because you can see the light bending as it passes through it) and opacity, as light passing through the demon was partially absorbed, making it somewhat opaque (or ghostly). [Source:]

In another video, a two-second run-by of one demon that looked unusually smudged and blurred as it ran past [see VIDEO TIMELINE | Hobgoblin Demon Springs From Floor] allowed for the determination of the type of radiation emitted by demons, which lingers after having used a hyperdimensional portal. While that does not have as many applications as knowing about the cloak, it does suggest ways to close or inhibit a demon's ability to move from place to place, instantly, as they have enjoyed for countless years [see Invisible demons detectable by radiation emission; see also VIDEO | Demon with needle-fingered black glove stabs internal organs].

Catching demons on video by surprise
It probably won't work more than a time or two, but, you could conceivably catch demons in your home or anywhere you suspect demonic activity using the iSight camera on your Mac using one of these two applications:
  1. Quicktime Player, to record video using an Automator script that is run at pseudo-random times via iCal; or,
  2. Quicktime Broadcaster, to stream video to another Mac via the Apple File Protocol or your local area network (LAN) via Ethernet or a wireless router.
NOTE | If you have an assigned (static) IP address from your Internet service provider, or if File Sharing is setup to share with others outside your network, you do not have to be connected to the same network as the Mac broadcasting video. That means you could spy on your home from anywhere in the world, provided you are connected to the Internet on the receiving end.
Following are instructions for setting up these options.

Using Quicktime Broadcaster to spy on demons in real-time
Until my own set of instructions can be provided, you can try this video, which does an excellent job of explaining how to use your Mac to broadcast live video to another computer on your network:

Troubleshooting and other technical questions on the information provided in this video can be answered by
TIP | If your network assigns random (non-static) IP addresses, export a reference movie, instead of an SDP file. Then, place the reference movie in the Public folder of the Mac broadcasting video, and turn on File Sharing. Now, any computer that can access the reference movie in the Public folder can watch the broadcast.
The settings you use for your setup will depend on the capabilities of your Mac; however, for reference, I have provided the ones that worked best for me (notice behind me that my laptop is receiving the broadcast from the other Mac):
Audio settings
Video settings
Network settings
Automated and timed recording with Quicktime Player and iCal using Automator
In Automator, create a new Automator action, named Start Video Capture, that will be triggered by an iCal event, and which contains the following Quicktime Player commands:
Then, create another Automator action, named Stop Video Capture, that can also be triggered by an iCal event, and which contains the following Quicktime Player and Finder commands:

In the Finder, create a new folder on the Desktop, named Video Capture ƒ (Option-f); then, in iCal, create a new event, which triggers the Start Video Capture action at the time and day of your choice:
Then, create another iCal event that triggers the Stop Video Capture action at a later time: 
NOTE | Of course, the length of time between events should be based on an estimate of available free disk space.
 Create new events for each time you want to record video:
Staggered pairs of Start and Stop triggers in iCal, designed to catch demons on video unawares
The movie that is created by the iCal event-triggered Automator action will be placed in the folder you created; each successive movie will be named with the date and time it was created so that movies do not overwrite each other.