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The Friday Five for 11 December 2020: Winter Is Coming

My answers to this week’s thefridayfive questions.

1) What is your favorite thing about the winter?

The darkness! My eyes and nerves rest πŸ˜€ I also love snow when there’s just the right amount of it when it’s enough minus degrees out (Celcius): it’s thick enough on the ground that it’s good to walk on instead loose on top of the ice, making walking hazardous because it’s slippery. And if there’s enough snow that clearing the roads and parking lots forms snow mountains – well, that’s about the only time children making noise makes me grin, because playing in the snow is lovely πŸ™‚

2) What is your favorite winter sport?

I hate all sports so I never watch them and apart from things like Olympics, never know what’s going on.

3) What is the best winter treat?

Hot chocolate after playing/a nice long walk in thick snow with lots of minus degrees.

4) What is the earliest time in the year it ever snowed where you live?

I can’t remember! My area doesn’t get snow really anymore (global warming), and back in the 80s when we still got really proper winters, I was a kid and didn’t memorize such things! Snow came down when it did, and it did every year.

5) What is the best way to stay warm in the winter?

I’m rather hot blooded, and tend to get over-heated easily so I’m usually lighter dressed compared to most other people, so I’m not the best to answer this. For me it’s always just been regular autumn clothing plus I’d add in one more blouse, or just a bit thicker one. Especially the last 20 years with our no-good, pretend winters I haven’t needed to dress for cold like when I was a kid in the 80s. I’d say dress in layers, so you can shed them as needed both inside and out, have long underwear close to your skin (if it’s too loose it doesn’t warm you) and have good, warm winter boots for your feet. Gloves and a warm hat are needed some of the time too!


Categories 4K/UHD Fan Works & Other Downloads Game Of Thrones Screencaps TV & Movies

Game Of Thrones 1.01 Winter Is Coming 4K/UHD Screencaps

I test capped the pilot episode, like I said I would in my previous GOT post, to see what it looks like being an upconvert from 1080p to 4K/UHD instead of real 4K/UHD. I think it looks very nice! I do notice that some, such as distance shots of King’s Landing or Winterfell don’t have the clarity you’d expect from a 4K/UHD, but people do seem to look nice for the most part, enough so that I’m hard pressed to tell that it is a upconvert. I shall be doing some more caps! Link to the 1.01 Winter Is Coming gallery after the samples.

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Categories 4K/UHD Fan Works & Other Downloads Game Of Thrones Screencaps TV & Movies

Game Of Thrones 4K/UHD Screencaps

Couldn’t resist capping Game Of Thrones season 4 in 4K/UHD (3840×2160) when I saw it, especially when a friend asked me if I was going to πŸ™‚ It’s my understanding that only seasons 4-8 are true 4K/UHD, and seasons 1-3 have been upscaled from 1080p to 4K/UHD. I’d like to cap those early seasons in 4K/UHD because they’re my favorites, but I’ll have to check what they look like first.

The screencaps look a little darker from the Bluray/DVD ones because the 4K/UHD versions are HDR format (it appears washed out if your hardware/software doesn’t support it) which screencapping and video programs can’t quite handle yet (it’s such a new technology, not widely spread yet) so this is the best I could do with ffmpeg.

This is something of a temporary gallery – I don’t know how long the screencaps will be up. Depends on my mood! But for now, I want to share these πŸ˜€ So I recommend you download them ASAP if you want them 😎 

I also don’t know how many episodes I’ll cap – it takes about 6-8 hours for ffmpeg to run through one episode and produce the screencaps because it needs to convert the video from HDR to SDR to get the colors/brightness more or less right and that’s slow on my computer.