Sterling Ambivalence (sterlingnorth) wrote,
Sterling Ambivalence

Extracting Screen Caps...

I'm curious as if there is a way to extract video that is saved on a particular the cheapo Scientific Atlanta brand my cable company uses for its simply adequate DVR system. Sometimes it would be nice to extract a fair-use screen capture from TV to put into my posts.

Anyway, one of the complaints I had lodged against "Danny Phantom" in the post that I lost earlier was that it was an action show animated in the style of "Fairly OddParents". OddParents is fine for a light comedy show where it doesn't matter whether or not the characters look like they could interact with each other as solids, but in a cartoon like what "Danny Phantom" purports to be, if the characters don't look like they are affected by gravity, if they don't look like they have mass, if they look like they don't weigh much more than the celluloid they are drawn on, then the show won't work.

I returned to thought about that because I saw a funny little short called "Toon Dates" which appears to be commissioned from AKA Cartoons by Cartoon Network. In it Ed from "Ed Edd n Eddy" (a show on Cartoon Network produced by AKA) is set up on a Love-Connection style date with Daphne of "Scooby Doo". They manage to animate Daphne true to the style of Scooby Doo while integrating it into the very different AKA world. Even with Daphne being the victim of doors falling onto her and being knocked off a couch by super fizzy soda, cartoony events that would not happen to her in Scooby Doo, they made it look right and natural.

I come to that because the fight scenes in "Danny Phantom" don't look right in his own world, which is somewhat damning when you realize they designed that world especially for Danny to be a phantom in.
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