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"Sixty-four Sights from Saturn" Movie available for download, A Saturnian Musical Celebration To Honor Paul McCartney
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post Jun 18 2006, 05:40 PM
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The Cassini team has composed a tribute to Paul McCartney.
Caution! The file is 147 MB in size. Right-click on it and do a "Save Target As ..." to your local machine. Even using a broadband connection, it is a very long download!
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A SATURNIAN MUSICAL CELEBRATION TO HONOR PAUL MCCARTNEY

MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
CASSINI IMAGING CENTRAL LABORATORY FOR OPERATIONS (CICLOPS)
SPACE SCIENCE INSTITUTE, BOULDER, COLORADO
http://ciclops.org
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Image Advisory: June 18, 2006


A SATURNIAN MUSICAL CELEBRATION TO HONOR PAUL MCCARTNEY

On the occasion of Paul McCartney's landmark 64th birthday, the Cassini
Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS) is releasing today
an 8-minute movie as a birthday gift to the former Beatle. Sixty-four
of the most dramatic and spectacular images taken by NASA's Cassini
spacecraft, including one mosaic from the European-built Huygens probe
of the surface of Titan, are composed together in a cinematic voyage
through the Saturn system and put to the music of the Beatles.

"In their creation of new musical forms and directions, and in their
expansive vision of the art of popular music, the Beatles reached
heights of achievement in their brief time together that nobody has been
able to surpass", said Carolyn Porco, Cassini imaging team leader and
the producer/director of the movie. "And being a major element in that
incredible story makes Paul McCartney, in my mind, one of planet Earth's
brightest stars. It makes me very happy to be able to celebrate him in
this way. I hope he likes our movie."

The movie `Sixty-four Sights from Saturn' is available today on the home
page of http://ciclops.org. High resolution versions may be obtained
by emailing cpcomments@ciclops.org.

The Cassini imaging operations center (CICLOPS) is based at the Space
Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

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post Jun 19 2006, 09:32 AM
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So...has anybody downloaded this file yet???
What's the resolution (in pix)???
Any screenshots???


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post Jun 19 2006, 01:21 PM
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I managed to D/L it overnight, at an average transfer rate (before I went to bed) of 7 kb/s. Very odd, considering I have cable internet. The video is 640x480 pixels. No point in posting screenshots, they're all press release images. I'll start a torrent if I see enough interest, otherwise I'll upload a lower res version of the video later today.
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post Jun 19 2006, 01:26 PM
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QUOTE (um3k @ Jun 19 2006, 02:21 PM) *
I managed to D/L it overnight, at an average transfer rate (before I went to bed) of 7 kb/s. Very odd, considering I have cable internet.

The CICLOPS site is notorious for slow downloads, especially at times when new multimedia content is published and demand is high. One might try sidestepping the problem with a download manager that supports segmented downloads, set 4 simultaneous connections and you get a decent 30 kb/s cumulative speed.


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post Jun 19 2006, 05:28 PM
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We've just set up a new agreement with amazon.com to serve out large-sized files, so I could make this available to more people more easily -- if I could download it. My computer's been chugging away for more than 2 hours and has managed to grab about 24% of it. Um3k, would there be some way I could get the file from you sooner than the 8 or 10 more hours it'll take me to download it? I could send it to Amazon and then put a link in the blog for everyone.

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post Jun 19 2006, 05:33 PM
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so that's why the site's been slow today...


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post Jun 19 2006, 06:14 PM
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Would have made sense to have started it with a bit-torrent really.

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post Jun 19 2006, 08:45 PM
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QUOTE (elakdawalla @ Jun 19 2006, 01:28 PM) *
We've just set up a new agreement with amazon.com to serve out large-sized files, so I could make this available to more people more easily -- if I could download it. My computer's been chugging away for more than 2 hours and has managed to grab about 24% of it. Um3k, would there be some way I could get the file from you sooner than the 8 or 10 more hours it'll take me to download it? I could send it to Amazon and then put a link in the blog for everyone.

--Emily

I'll see if I can email it to you.
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post Jun 19 2006, 09:55 PM
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Just a thought - would recompressing to something like an H264 codec Quicktime or a WMV help?

I'm still striving to get the damn thing.

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post Jun 19 2006, 10:52 PM
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The email thing probably won't work, but downloading should, presently. I've got 67% of it now, and am down to 3.77 KB/sec. Still, it seems to be coming steadily. I'll have it eventually, and when I get it I'll post it to that amazon site -- should be easier for you guys after that.

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post Jun 20 2006, 01:26 AM
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I downloaded it last night and it took quite a few hours (>6) via cable modem. patience needed

The end result is worth it. Its quite nice.

the resolution is decent but varies. there is a mix of old and very new shots, including from this month, June 2006.

this may not be the absolute final version.

ken

PS: if you are lucky, maybe you will complete the download before your new package arrives
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post Jun 20 2006, 05:22 AM
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I downloaded it overnight last night (I usually get download rates between 300 and 600 KB/sec.; this thing averaged 6 KB/sec.) and just got around to looking at it.

I guess I could have wished for a little more finesse in the audio track cutting -- maybe fewer individual song snippets that lasted a little longer. But generally, there was a good "feel" between the images and the soundtrack.

And the final sequence was quite well done.

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post Jun 20 2006, 12:30 PM
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My review: Mostly Harmless.

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post Jun 20 2006, 01:49 PM
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Dare I ask - what does Paul McCartney have to do with Cassini or Saturn?

Jim Lovell's daughter in Apollo 13 was upset about the Beatles breaking up
and appeared to have no interest in her father's work, but other than that....


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post Jun 20 2006, 02:00 PM
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The CICLOPS team are Beatles fans. smile.gif
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