Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Underway Videos from Cirrus!

... and once again, Cirrus is proving herself as not only a reliable offshore vessel, but also as one at the forefront of communication technology. Deemed to be impossible as recently as last year, it has become a reality today: videos taken on the boat yesterday, some 1000 miles away from land, and now posted on the blog.

This is anything but trivial: The information is transmitted via radio, which is a very slow connection, about only as fast as land based connections were in ca. 1990. Modern technology, such as that also used by Youtube, allows to condense the video information to bring video transmissions in reach. Even then, as you see, resolution is limited, and picture size has to be small. And the Google blogs are not prepared to host videos, so some further tricks were needed.

However, I am not aware of any other sailboat on the Pacific ever having sent videos by email; I believe this a first! Coming from Cirrus, of course.

Now that Cirrus is travelling into arctic waters ;-), maybe they can warm up to more videos?

Aloha to all, from an almost tropical Germany


Valerie said...

Thank you for figuring out how to post these....awesome! You are really amazing, Ulli.

Diana said...

Wow! It gives us a taste of what it's like to be there.

Chris - we missed you for our Tuesday sail!