Thursday, 6 June 2013

Top Tips For Outdoor Filming With Limited Equipment


Ok this is all about sustaining what you have while your out..
all you kinda need is your Camera, a Lap Top and an SD card or a few...

Im going to show you how to Truly Maximise your laptops battery life
  AND make it Super Easy & Fast to move your pictures and videos to specific folders
     with just a double click...


Part 01 Lap Top Battery Saver 

Fist off you need to go to control panel on your laptop, then go into the Power options and enable "Hibernation"
(start menu "My Computer"  then down the left side OR along the top "Control Panel")

mine stays on when i close the lid, i prefer it that way,
You CAN keep it that way... but you have to still enable the actual Hibernation ability...
(if hibernation was Enabled, continue, if it wasn't then  reboot, then read on)

Now right click on your "Desk Top" select NEW and then Shortcut...
(you will be presented with a box and the ability to browse)

DON'T  Browse... just put this into the box

rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll, SetSuspendState

Click next Then Give the shortcut a name, such as Hibernation or what ever you want
you can also right click on that and select properties & change its Icon...

(when you double click this NEW SHORT CUT  the laptop will hibernate, uses Zero power in this state)
Pushing the power button will wake it up, your talking 5 seconds to go off and 5 seconds to come on
not recommended for EVERY DAY use.. remember only rebooting clears memory, but going out filming its fine, just be sure to at-least reboot it every couple of days...
I boot up at home with power cable in, i close any tasks i no i don't need in task manager
then i hibernate it and unplug power, leaving home with a full battery and a lap top ready to come on in 5 secs...  now i can wake it, copy cards over then make it sleep, this prolongs your battery for the day like you wouldn't believe   :P

Next... the next cool thing....

Part 02 Emptying SD/Memory Cards Just A Double Click

Open Windows Note Pad.. or Right click and select New and then pick TXT File
This is were you write your first every computer code and gawd its easy :D

with the note pad open, Insert your SD card OR your card Reader...
Go to "My Computer" and look at the Drive Letter for the Card or Reader

Your hard disk (local disk)   is Normally C:, on 7 you may also have a D: drive, then you have an E: for the cd rom making F: your SD  (unless you also have a virtual CD Drive, then your card maybe G:
not really rocket science, but i'll show you how to add a checksum later to make sure its reading the card :P

So you found your SD card, like you normally have to (this is also faster than AutoRun)  :P

right in your text file you need your drive letter  mine is  E:  so im going to go with E:

put your drive letter into the text file for now so you have it...  now go into your "Local Disk" and if you DONT have a folder called  TEMP,  right click away from the folders and create a new folder called Temp
Now go into their.. and right click create a folder called  VIDEO  and a folder called PICTURES

now the simple bit....  lol
put these TWO lines of code into the  text file


for /f "delims=" %%A in ('dir /s /b E:\*.avi') do move "%%A" "C:\temp\VIDEO"

for /f "delims=" %%A in ('dir /s /b E:\*.jpg') do move "%%A" "C:\temp\PICTURES"
exit

Note MY local disk is a C drive.... and you can see the  E:\  drive is listed as the location to search..

if your drive letters the same, remove the one you added earlier, if not REPLACE my E
with what ever    YOUR SD/Card Is....

you should ONLY have them 2 lines in the text file & the word Exit....
save this file and then actually rename it from New Text Document.txt  into  what ever you want  .BAT  remove the  .txt, make sure its gone, it MUST end in .BAT

When you double click this, it will read the E drive
(what ever the folder names your camera makes are irrelevant) :P

This  for /f "delims=" %%A in ('dir /s /b E:\*.jpg') do move "%%A" "C:\temp\PICTURES"
WILL read the card and will MOVE all the JPG files to C:\temp\PICTURES

This  for /f "delims=" %%A in ('dir /s /b E:\*.avi') do move "%%A" "C:\temp\VIDEO"
WILL read the card and will MOVE  all the AVI files to C:\temp\VIDEO

Leaving the card Empty....
end task, remove it, double click ya hibernation short cut & back to filming or taking pics :D

You will get hours out your lap top...

also using the FN key and the Down arrow (or look at your F1 to F12)
you can lower screen back light to save even more power...


Part 03 Interesting Tweaks

Instead of the EXIT at the bottom you could add this

cls

echo.
echo.
echo.
ECHO YES Hibernates NO Keeps the system on
echo.

:choice
set /P c=Select YES or NO the Press ENTER to continue [Y/N]?
if /I "%c%" EQU "Y" goto :HIBERNATE
if /I "%c%" EQU "N" goto :STAY_ON
goto :choice


:HIBERNATE
%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll, SetSuspendState
exit


:STAY_ON
exit

CLS clears the box window and then shows the Y or N prompt
loops back to Choice till you choose

pretty straight forward copy and paste to add the ability to hibernate right into the script
the choice is added so you can end task on the card if you want, or you can skip the choice and just hibernate then pull the card by just adding

%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll, SetSuspendState
exit
 Any problems ask below, and follow the blog, thanks :D

PS... heres how my own script looks, it includes a checksum that looks for a Specific FILE on the ROOT of the SD card  called...      WraithFileMover.YES
 if that files not their it skips, shows the message and you then exit it
(IE you have to have the file in the root of each card, or my version of the script below wont work)




ECHO OFF
COLOR 1f
cls

:EDRIVE
if not exist E:\WraithFileMover.YES goto :drivenotfound
goto :PATHSET

:drivenotfound
cls
COLOR 4f
echo.
echo.
echo.
ECHO File NOT FOUND Insert USB or SD
echo.
echo.
ECHO  OR CHANGE DRIVE LETTER IN BAT FILE
pause
exit

:PATHSET
cls
COLOR 2f
echo.
echo.
ECHO USB or SD Drive Letter Accepted
echo.
echo Moving Videos To Destination Folder
for /f "delims=" %%A in ('dir /s /b E:\*.avi') do move "%%A" "C:\temp\VIDEO"

echo Moving Photos To Destination Folder
for /f "delims=" %%A in ('dir /s /b E:\*.jpg') do move "%%A" "C:\temp\PICTURES"

cls

echo.
echo.
echo.
ECHO YES Hibernates NO Keeps the system on
echo.
:choice
set /P c=Select YES or NO the Press ENTER to continue [Y/N]?
if /I "%c%" EQU "Y" goto :HIBERNATE
if /I "%c%" EQU "N" goto :STAY_ON
goto :choice

:HIBERNATE
%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll, SetSuspendState
exit

:STAY_ON
exit


Enjoy....