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Archive for April, 2011

Movies and Shows

I have been streaming videos more and more now from Netflix. We still get rented movies too, but I find myself heading to the streaming service more often the longer we have Netflix. It may be due to the instant variety at my fingertips, the ability to watch documentaries that my family doesn’t like without using up a pick, or the ability to watch TV series at a whim without needing to get shipped numerous discs containing the season episodes.

Currently I have two DVDs that I need to watch and send back. They are “Takers” and “Winter’s Bone.” I don’t have much time at night so I won’t be seeing them until the weekend, but I want to watch something. In swoops the Netflix streaming service to save the day. I pull up “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” and watch another episode. It’s half the run-time of a movie and is just a really awesome show. Watching an episode at night has become a ritual almost, though I will soon run out of them. I don’t know if it’s more of a tribute to the show or the streaming service, but I know I wouldn’t be seeing this show without the streaming service.

I’m now thinking of trying out one of many other big name popular shows that I never saw from HBO and Starz. The ones I’m tossing around in my head currently are “Dexter,” “Breaking Bad,” and “Weeds.” I’m sure there might be a couple others worth watching, but I can’t think of them. I also don’t want to go overboard watching shows, so I need to make sure I stay on a one show at a time schedule.

DDA knows how to work with streaming video. We may or may not use it as a way to present video on websites depending on the specific situation. Things like video length, the need to jump around in the video, and file size are all important criteria in the decision to use streaming video. We may not be showing big budget movies when we stream video, but our video editing experts turn out their own little masterpieces to show on websites that match the client’s specific needs. Along with digitally filming and editing a video, we can also use our animation skills to create a 3D animation video. This method is chosen for a variety of reasons and may be just the right option for you as well. So no matter what type of video you need, DDA can help you get the final product that you desire. Give us a call or visit and see what we can do for you.

Entry by: vinnie

Protect Our Work

I got to work on a pretty javascript heavy project yesterday, which I don’t do often. I was custom programming a system that allows users to add sections of content to their “library” by clicking a button. When they have added all the desired sections to their library they can then revisit it at a later point in time and skip to all the relevant content that they marked in an easier way. This was all done using javascript cookies since there is no database or user login required by the site and they did not want one added. I believe this was my second trip into the world of javascript cookies. I may have understood it a little better this time, but this time also brought with it new challenges to work out that made it harder in itself. Both times I snagged the basic cookie code off a certain tutorial and modified to work how I need it. There are all sorts of great code snippets out there to use to save time. Amusingly enough, websites are a great resource for programming websites.

DDA’s websites aren’t as easy to hack into. We encrypt our flash programming so no one can steal the code. It’s usually unique in some way, so we want to keep our developments for ourselves. Our advanced programming code is generally database driven so it can’t be seen in its form before being parsed and displayed. Our videos also usually have our watermark on them so they can’t be stolen. The only way to get a DDA product is to work with DDA. Check out one of our many portfolios to get a sense of the kind of work we are protecting. Then, give us a call or visit and see what we can do for you. We’ll be sure to encrypt and protect your project as well.

Entry by: vinnie


The bank that I usually go to that was about 30 seconds down the street from work has now closed. They have been alerting customers that they would be moving to a new location for a couple months now, but it has now officially happened. I’ve yet to visit the new branch, but I definitely plan to. It’s farther away now, like and extra mile and a half out of my way. I also pass other branches on my way home that I could go to. The bank managers did a clever thing by giving all current customers a $10 gift card to the Wawa next to their new branch.  It’s a good strategy. It will familiarize everyone with the new location to hopefully sway them from heading to another bank. I don’t think many people would pass up on a free $10 for something so easy to do. You can see all the familiar tellers at the new setting and feel welcome again. I plan on going, getting my gift card, and depositing my paycheck. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I figure that I will be going back there every week during lunch to deposit my checks and see all the old familiar faces. As an added bonus I believe they said they have a coin counter that is free for customers. I have a little change stash that I could use that for too.

DDA isn’t moving anywhere soon, but we did relocate about 2 or 3 years ago to a bigger building. We were getting pretty cramped in the old building and needed more space to create a full video studio. That’s right, we have our own in-house video studio now. You could say we had one in the other building, but it was very small and limited and there were several workers sitting feet behind the camera that had to be dead quiet when filming was in progress. It was quite a production when filming was in progress. We all unplugged our phones and the door was closed so that we couldn’t communicate with anyone else, and if you left it was really hard to know when it was OK to open the door and walk in again. There was also no shifting in your chair or loud typing, so work became slow and deliberate for us bystanders.

Now we have plenty of space for actors and workers to do their thing. There is even a light outside the door to let people know if filming is in progress so they don’t walk in and interrupt anything. Along with the studio upgrade we have since upgraded a lot of our equipment. Everything is HD now and we can make Blu-ray videos if need be. There was also an upgrade in our video editors computer and software to allow more cool things to happen in less time. It’s an ever-growing area that stays on the cutting edge of technology so that we know we are producing the best video possible in any format. We can make it for display as web video, streaming video, or burn them on DVD or Blu-ray for playback anywhere you want. Take a look at our video portfolio to get a sense of what kinds of videos we could make for you. With video anything is possible though, so feel free to give us a call or visit and see what we can do for you.

Entry by: vinnie


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