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Old 10-08-2011, 07:51 AM
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Here is some more information about how to best copy youtube video urls:

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Originally Posted by Piston_broke View Post
Bobdmac, Good vids.
I'm not sure how you posted those good video links?
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I went to the youtube video, then, on my Mac touchpad, I did a two-finger click (equivalent of right-click in Windows), which brought up the contextual menu, and then I chose "copy video URL."

Then, in the Bimmerfest "Reply to thread" box, I clicked the "link" icon and brought up the little link insertion box and inserted the video URL that I had copied.
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Just copy the link in the youtube address bar and then paste into the Bimmerfest post. Worksforme.
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Hah! I'll be darned, that works too. Even better.
Here are screenshots of the three different methods of copying a Youtube video URL into a Bimmerfest post:
1. Copy the address bar URL
2. Right click context menu copy URL
3. Share button URL

SCREENSHOT of the Youtube Address-bar URL method:


SCREENSHOT of the Youtube right-click copy URL method:


SCREENSHOT of the first step of the Youtube Share URL method:


SCREENSHOT of the second step of the Youtube Share URL method:
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:03 AM
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To make it easier for others to understand, here is a single annotated screenshot showing all three ways copy a Youtube video URL into a Bimmerfest post.

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Old 11-17-2011, 10:04 PM
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Someone asked today how to both post a picture and include it in the body of the message ... so I figured I'd elaborate a bit more on how.
- E39 (1997 - 2003) > Headlight assembly clips are above front bumper

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how can I attach pictures directly into the body of my message instead of them appearing down below?
It's three steps (two of which you already know about):
0. Shrink the picture to 640x480 pixels (Irfanview does a good job of this on Windows) as it's considered discourteous to post pictures far larger than about 800x600 (which is sometimes needed for clarity on text screenshots).

1. Press "Manage Attachments", then "Browse", and then "Upload" to find and attach the desired picture (this part everyone knows by now).

2. The moment after your picture is uploaded, you'll notice the web page shows the name of the picture, now attached. It shows this name in two different places (a) the first is on the "Manage Attachments" pop up window itself; and (b) the second is in the "Attach Files" section of your editing web page.

Right click on either of those confirmations, and you will then have the option to "Copy Link Location".

3. Place your cursor in your editing message where you want the picture to go, and then simply press the yellow square mountain-and-moon "Insert Image" button (as shown earlier in this thread) ... and just paste in the URL to your attachment.



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Old 12-09-2011, 09:57 PM
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Someone was having problems converting video files of the internals of the gas filler neck so I figured I'd add a reference to Windows freeware "Super":
- http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html

Super freeware can convert almost any video/audio format to almost any other video/audio format.

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Old 12-09-2011, 10:04 PM
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To get the full value out of Super, you may need the Windows freeware K-Lite Codec pack (I'd install the freeware 'full' version).
- http://www.free-codecs.com/k_lite_co...k_download.htm

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K-Lite Codec Pack Basic contains only the most essential things. It contains everything you need to be able to play the most popular and widespread formats. It is small enough to fit on a single floppy. Also great for including on your movie CDs.
K-Lite Codec Pack Standard contains everything you need to play all the commonly used formats. This package should be enough for the average user.
K-Lite Codec Pack Full contains even more codecs. It also has encoding support for the various formats. This package is for power users and people who do their own encodings.

Features of K-Lite Codec Pack 8.0 FULL version:

Player:
- MediaPlayerClassic Homecinema [version 1.5.3.3752]
ffdshow:
- ffdshow [revision 1.1.4070]
- ffdshow VFW interface
DirectShow video decoding filters:
- LAV Video [version 0.40 build 2011-11-21]
- XviD [version 1.3.0 build 2010-12-07]
- On2 VP7 [version 7.0.10.0]
- DScaler5 MPEG-2 decoder [version 0.0.6.0 IVTC mod]
DirectShow audio decoding filters:
- ffdshow [version 1.1.4070]
- LAV Audio [version 0.40 build 2011-11-21]
- MONOGRAM AAC decoder [version 0.9.6.0]
DirectShow audio parsers:
- madFLAC [version 1.10]
- CoreWavPack [version 1.1.1]
- MusePack (MONOGRAM) [version 0.9.2.0 | 0.4.0.0]
- Monkey's Audio (DCoder) [version 1.0]
- OptimFROG (RadLight) [version 1.0.0.1]
- AMR (MONOGRAM) [version 1.0.1.0]
- DC-Bass Source [version 1.3.0]
- AC3File [version 0.7b]
DirectShow source filters:
- HaaliMediaSplitter [version 1.11.96.14]
- LAV Splitter [version 0.40 build 2011-11-21]
- AVI splitter (Gabest) [version 1.5.3.3705]
- CDXA Reader (Gabest) [version 1.5.3.3705]
DirectShow subtitle filter:
- DirectVobSub (a.k.a. VSFilter) [version 2.40.3705.0]
Other filters:
- Haali Video Renderer [version 1.11.96.14]
VFW video codecs:
- ffdshow VFW interface
- XviD [version 1.3.2]
- On2 VP7 [version 7.0.10.0]
- Lagarith [version 1.3.26]
ACM audio codecs:
- MP3 (LAME) [version 3.98.2]
- AC3ACM [version 1.9]
Tools:
- Codec Tweak Tool [version 5.1.0]
- Win7DSFilterTweaker [version 4.6]
- MediaInfo Lite [version 0.7.51]
- VobSubStrip [version 0.11]
- GraphStudio [version 0.3.2.0]
- Haali Muxer
- Bitrate Calculator

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Old 12-10-2011, 07:42 PM
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Not bar none. Bar Minan!

(Pronounced "Bar Me-none". Never mine what it is. You'd need to know Arameic... Arameic slang... a very funny language actually....

Well, it translates to something like "we are only mortals"... LOL .But there is no possible direct translation. Bar = "owner or have the rights of". Minan = Dead.) LOL

That's a great information Donna. Thanks! I am going to download this thing.

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Thanks for the info on Aremaic. Wish I could read it in the original.
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:49 PM
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This suggestion to use PNG format for close up macro photos is useful for others to benefit from:

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Bluebee, For the photos, I'm using a canon S-95 (a high-end point and shoot elph). I set it to the highest resolution and used macro mode. I crop it as needed, add text and arrows and reduce the size to 650 pixels wide (only if it's still required after cropping). The other thing I've learned recently is to use the png format instead of jpg for the final saved image because jpg is a lossy format and since the original photo is already in the lossy jpg format (though the S95 has a raw option that would probably be better to use for this work). So when you open a jpg file which already has jpg artifacts (though hard to notice), re-saving the edited jpg as a another jpg creates a second level of lost detail. I learned that png compression is not a lossy format and if you use png 8 vs. 24, the file sizes are comparable with jpg. Png 8 has a smaller color pallet than png 24 but both retain more image detail than jpg. I am not a photographer or photo editor (just an engineer who wants to know everything about everything - except the gossip, called news, on TV).
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:46 PM
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RDL asked over here how best to shrink PDFs (total bytes):
-> E39 (1997 - 2003) > MS42 PDF for thread

The way I shrink a PDF on Windows is to use Adobe Acrobat (the writer, not the reader), which has an option to shrink the file size (with lots of sub options such as JPEG compression).

You can also split a PDF into multiple PDFs.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:58 PM
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A user just asked how to post the big pictures (instead of the thumbnails).
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How do you guys put the big pics on here? On this end it comes out as text or tiny pics.
Roscoe
As shown above, they can use Manage Attachments to upload the photo, and then copy the URL to use the "Insert Image" button above - but they can also simply put [ IMG ] and [ / IMG ] tags around the link (without the spaces I just put there so they wouldn't be interpreted).

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Old 01-22-2013, 03:52 AM
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You can also split a PDF into multiple PDFs.
There was a good DIY today over here that I printed to a 33-page PDF using CUPS-PDF on Linux, but which was a dozen megabytes, so, I split it in half on Linux using this method over here:

Code:
$ pdftk bmw.pdf cat 1-18 output 1-18.pdf
$ pdftk bmw.pdf cat 18-end output 18-33.pdf
$ mv 1-18.pdf bmw_e39_smartphone_radio_aux_installation_diy_p1-18.pdf
$ mv 18-33.pdf bmw_e39_smartphone_radio_aux_installation_diy_p18-33.pdf
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:23 PM
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For the record, very nice annotations were posted today over here:
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > Another Transmission Limp Mode Problem
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I used SnagIt version 11 by Techsmith (http://www.techsmith.com/). Couldn't live without it! I previously used the free built-in Windows tool called "Snipping Tool" (Start>All Programs>Accessories>Snipping Tool) but after trying SnagIt, I will never go back (unless I am on a machine without my favorite editor).
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Old 07-27-2014, 08:41 AM
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I hand code HTML for a living, and I still find it too cumbersome on an Ipad or tablet to type out descriptive anchor text for links. The admins should be encouraged to look for additional sets of of functions or frameworks moreover in order to solve these type of issues for users with computer skills at or below average level. Additionally, efforts from users such as @bluebee--while honorable and immensely helpful--may be more permanently accessible if this forum morphs some of itself into a sort of wiki, something I'd be interested in helping with. I am reluctant to add anything to most all posts with my own pics or our stuff in most cases because of the duplication it would cause. And last, let me say that the cross referencing links are much appreciated. It would be too much to ask those users that may include additional links to go one step further by writing your anchor text descriptively instead of numbering them. But a newer interface or key function set such as google email contains--on which you merely select the text you wish to link to--could speed up contribution or at least increase available post quality. As I was saying, I don't wish to code anchor text in either.
And all comments are in good spirit and gratitude, my brother! I have a ton of debt to the forum myself, and hold little to no cred, but perhaps you'd be able to voice the need for something like this to to the admin?

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Old 08-10-2014, 08:18 AM
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This dialog from another thread, is useful here:
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > Valve Cover bolt hole break
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started composing a reply with some pics and they keep previewing upside down. so i edit them 180º and save. same. upside down. ??!! what the duck? is there a forum rotate tool? is there a how to post, post, that i'm missing?
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I also discovered my iphone embeds exif rotation tags that were overriding what I was doing. A little mac app called Graphic Converter was the answer by stripping all the resource tags.
I see you're on the MAC. I will add that information to the aforementioned thread.

On Linux, I use "jhead" or "exiftran" or "exiftool" or "Imagick's convert -strip" to deal with select EXIF tags.

On Windows, I mostly let Irfanview deal with the EXIF headers.
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Old 08-13-2014, 06:32 PM
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Recently I had to shrink a bunch of PDFs on Linux, for posting, and I found this Ghostscript command to be fantastic:

$ gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 -dPDFSETTINGS=/screen -dNOPAUSE -dQUIET -dBATCH -sOutputFile=output.pdf input.pdf
or ...
$ gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 -dPDFSETTINGS=/screen -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sOutputFile=output.pdf input.pdf

Where:
  • /screen selects low-resolution output, and the lowest file size.
  • /ebook selects medium-resolution output, with a medium file size.
  • /printer and /prepress are both high-resolution, with a large file size.
Here are some file size results for this thread today:
  1. 14,894,587 Aug 13 18:10 bmw_e39_m62-tu_vanos_diy.pdf
    • 1,105,251 Aug 13 18:13 bmw_e39_m62-tu_vanos_diy_shrunk.pdf
  2. 29,814,777 Aug 13 18:15 bmw_e39_M54_double_vanos_diy.pdf
    • 2,264,830 Aug 13 18:20 bmw_e39_M54_double_vanos_diy_shrunk.pdf
I also tried splitting the file, but that's inconvenient for everyone:
$ pdftk old.pdf cat 1-9 26-end output new.pdf


If the PDF is a single page, it can be converted to any format easily:
$ convert input.pdf output.jpg
$ convert -density 300 file.pdf file.png



Note: If the input.pdf is multiple pages, you get multiple JPG output files just like when, in Adobe Acrobat Pro, on Windows, you "Save as PDF" or "Export to PDF".


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Quote:
sudo apt-get install pdftk

To remove pages 10 to 25 of a PDF file:
pdftk old.pdf cat 1-9 26-end output new.pdf

To convert a multi-page PDF to multiple PNG files with reasonable quality:
convert -density 300 file.pdf file.png

To convert multiple images into an animated gif:
convert -delay 20 -loop 0 images_*.png animated_gif.gif

But, since the sort will be all wrong, use this:
convert -delay 20 -loop 0 `ls pictures*.gif|sort --version-sort -f` animated_gif.gif

To resize a PDF to 8.5x11 inches without pdftk:
// 300dpi x 8.5 -2550, 300dpi x 11 -3300
convert original.pdf -density "300" -resize "2550x3300" resized.pdf

To rotate a PDF:
pdftk nonrotated.pdf cat 1-endW output rotated.pdf

To size a PDF to a desired size (this example is A4)
gs -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sPAPERSIZE=a4 -sOutputFile=out.pdf in.ps

To resize a PDF to 8.5x11 inches without pdftk:
gs \
-sDEVICE=pdfwrite \
-dPDFFitPage \
-r300x300 \
-g2550x3300 \
/path/to/original.pdf \
-o /path/to/resized.pdf
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:57 PM
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I've pretty much moved off of Windows onto Linux lately (because WinXP is no longer supported, and Linux is, on my old laptop), so I should mention that I almost exclusively use "Kolourpaint" as my editing program lately.

To install (Debian-based Linux):
$ sudo apt-get install kolourpaint

Linux Kolourpaint is almost as good as Windows' Paint.NET, and it's as easy to use as MS Paint was.
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Today, this was added to the knowledge base ...
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > why cant I copy my pictures url?
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...my only additional hint is that we generally try to shrink the photos to no wider than 800 pixels across.

There are many ways to shrink, but on Linux, I simply use ImageMagick commands:
$ convert -resize 800x600 -quality 85 -strip input.jpg output.jpg

The exif "-strip" is optional, as is the JPG quality factor of 85%.

Here's an example where I saved two of your pictures, then used ImageMagick "convert" to slap them together, and then used "convert" again, to shrink them.

$ convert pic1.jpg pic2.jpg -append pic.jpg
$ convert -resize 800x600 -quality 85 -strip pic.jpg pic-small.jpg

Another way to shrink pictures to 800 pixels wide on Linux is to install sudo apt-get install nautilus-image-converter:$ sudo apt-get install nautilus-image-converter
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I created this graphic to help someone find the source of a diagram which was posted to bimmerfest.

Hopefully this will help others find more information about any attachment they see that is on bimmerfest.
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@Bluebee do yo happen to have the link to the diagram you created with color coded explanation of the wire harness?
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I'm not sure what diagram you're talking about, but, one of the best ways to find where diagrams come from is simply to follow these simple three steps (at least in Firefox):

1. Right click on the diagram to get a popup with the selection "Copy Image Location".
2. Point your browser to http://images.google.com and click the little camera icon to "search by image"
3. Paste the bimmerfest image URL

That's what I do, anyway ...

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- How to post, shrink, modify, edit, annotate, merge, upload & find pictures for posting here (1)
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Found this on the net today, for conversion of protected encrypted pdf files on linux to unprotected unencrypted pdf files.

$ sudo apt-get install okular
$ okular encrypted.pdf
File -> Properties -> Security: Encrypted
$ sudo apt-get install pdf2djvu context
$ pdf2djvu encrypted.pdf -o file.djvu
$ djvups file.djvu file.ps
$ ps2pdf file.ps unencrypted.pdf
$ okular unencrypted.pdf
File -> Properties -> Security: Unencrypted

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If anyone is on Ubuntu, ffmpeg is hard to install lately, but if you install ffmpeg, you can convert any particular howto video into separate frames, so that you can SEE exactly what needs to be done.

You can freeze stop just the necessary frames, for example, so that you can better follow what the video is telling you do to.

Here's just an example, I ran yesterday, when I was trying to get a better look inside the VANOS seals replacement job.

I started with these two videos (which are in German, so, only the visual steps matter):

Part 1: youtube.com watch?v =XKpmKaG6TEM
Part 2: youtube.com watch?v =ZH_fYALUxI4

1. I downloaded the video:
$ sudo apt-get install youtube-dl
$ youtube-dl https://www.whatever.com/whatever-video-you-need

NOTE: There are many ways to download a video, e.g., you can use the Firefox Video Downloader extension:
Firefox: Tools > Download Helper > Media > video.flv

Or, you can capture the screen using the Firefox Video Downloader extension:
Firefox: Tools > Download Helper > Screen Capture > Region 1 (854 x 510)

Or, you can capture the entire desktop (e.g., 1024×768) (or just a screen area x&Y if I can figure out the syntax) using ffmpeg:
$ ffmpeg -f x11grab -r 25 -s 1024×768 -i :0.0 -qscale 0 video.mpg

2. Convert the video to screenshots:
$ ffmpeg -i video.mpg diy%06d.jpg

3. Step through each screenshot to save just the ones you like:
$ mkdir ./save
$ feh -d -F *.jpg --cycle-once --action1 "cp %f ./save/."

4. If desired, you can shrink the pictures en masse:
$ for pic in *.jpg;do convert -resize 640x480 -quality 85 -strip $f smaller_$pic;done

Then, you have just the screenshots you need to do the job.

This screenshot shows the VANOS exhaust piston spring:

Here the intake cam VANOS piston is being removed:

This shows the intake cam piston with the two differently sized square-cross-section teflon o-rings (which are on top of the round cross section o-rings):

Here is shown how to cut the outer square-cross-section teflon o-ring:

And here is how to peel off that now-cut square-cross-section teflon outer o-ring:

Here, the smaller outer square-cross-section teflon o-ring is cut:

And, the smaller square-cross-section teflon o-ring is removed:

Here the underneath round-cross-section buna-N rubber o-ring is cut and pried off:

Notice how flattended the round-cross-section buna o-ring is when it is being removed:

Here the underneath small round-cross-section Viton rubber o-ring is replaced:

Here the underneath large round-cross-section Viton rubber o-ring is replaced:

The less pliable teflon square-cross-section o-rings are kept in hot water to make them a bit stretchier:

The larger, outer teflon square-cross-section o-ring is replaced:

It takes a small amount of force to get the Teflon square-cross-section o-ring in place:

The smaller outer teflon square cross section o-ring is replaced:

Here the small o-rings on the plastic piston bearing sealing caps is cut off and then replaced:

The total number of o-rings on the double VANOS of the M54 engine is 10.
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Since ffmpeg is almost impossible to install on Ubuntu lately, I figured I'd post the compile sequence (but beware, it's ugly - yet - it worked for me).
- How to Compile FFmpeg on Ubuntu, Debian, or Mint
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Someone asked today how to link references to a number, like this (1).
Here's how ..
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > 540i 2003 thermostat.

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All I do is these three steps:
1. I copy the desired link into my PC buffer (usually I select the desired link and then press control + C).
2. I select the text to be anchored to the hyptertexted links (usually that's a "1" but it could be any desired text)
3. I press the little chain-link thingy in the GUI above (see below) and then I press control + V to paste the link into the GUI.

[Takes far longer to explain than to do it.]
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I just animated a video for a VANOS testing thread, so, I post how I did it here (all of the steps were taken off the Internet - I didn't invent anything) so that others can reproduce it for their needs.

This is the thread:
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > M54 Standalone VANOS test with DIS

This is the video:
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This is the command I used to download that two-minute video:
$ youtube-dl "https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6YH89ziXHHI"

That command created a 7MB file (which I renamed):
$ mv "How to do VANOS test wit DIS-6YH89ziXHHI.mp4" how_to_test_m54_vanos_with_dis.mp4

This is the command I used to convert that renamed two-minute video into about 1,200 picture frames (@10 frames a second):
$ ffmpeg -i how_to_test_m54_vanos_with_dis.mp4 m54_vanos_dis_%03d.png

This is the command I used to isolate the two dozen frames I needed to convert to an animated GIF:
$ mkdir ./animate
$ feh -d -F `ls *.png|sort --version-sort -f` --cycle-once --action1 "mv %f ./animate/."
NOTE: I pressed "1" every time I wanted to move a frame into the animation folder for further processing.

This is the command I used to create a 3.5MB animated GIF out of those two dozen frames (inserting 150ms between frames):
$ cd ./animate/
$ convert -delay 150 -loop 0 `ls *.png|sort --version-sort -f` m54_vanos_dis.gif

Optimally I could have shrunk the 3.5MB animated GIF in half, to about 1.5MB:
$ convert m54_vanos_dis.gif -fuzz 10% -layers Optimize m54_vanos_dis_animated.gif

Unfortunately, just uploading that animated GIF to Bimmerfest & then linking to is, won't show the animations (I don't know why not, but Bimmerfest clearly reduced the 3MB file size a lot, down to less than 100KB, so, it did something to the file).
[img]I PUT THE TINYPIC LINK IN BETWEEN IMG TAGS[/img]

For others to see the animation, I uploaded the animation first to tinypic.com, and then simply pointed to it on Bimmerfest.
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For cross reference, this was posted today to help others...
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > How to create a custom Audio CD to function properly in BMW Business CD Radio (E39)
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Hi fellaz.

Ever get bored listening to music tracks that you don't like? So why not listen to the songs of your choice? Yeah I know. A good Hi-Tech fancy and smart DVD players are a bit pricey. And also not everyone has the AUX option installed in your beloved E39. But yet you can fulfill this custom music listening requirement some far with your factory fitted OEM BMW Business CD Radio. I know these days CDs are outdated. But yet there are ample amount of drivers listening to music with the aid of CDs. This is a guide to choose the optimum settings for a custom AUDIO CD with music of your desire.

For those who have done this 'custom CD burning' before, might have experienced that songs stopping immediately without a reason, skipping to the next track automatically even the song is not finished...etc. I personally had this bad experience before. But did not post here because I felt like something might be wrong with my MID Radio unit. But I came across a point where I need custom music so badly while driving. So I did some experiments with the burning settings of AUDIO CDs, last weekend as I was free. Well that yielded some good results and here I'm ready to present them to you.

Firstly recall that the OEM MID radio unit in your E39 is manufactured with the technology that existed 10+ years before than that of today. This got into my mind and I thought CD burning speed has to do something with the problems occurred, because nowadays softwares used to burn CDs use higher burning speeds (automatically) which might not be compatible with the CD players that were designed over a decade ago where this fast CD burning speeds were even not invented (presumably). I also guessed that audio bit-rate also might be a part of this problem. So I conducted few experimental CD burns and came across these important facts.

The software I used to burn these CDs was "Nero Startsmart Essentials 7" which I got for free with my Samsung DVD+/-RW which I bought few years back.




1. Select the music you want and put it on a separate folder. The tracks I selected were in 128-320Kbps bit rate range. However I did not check for <128Kbps. It doesn't matter if they are Variable Bit Rate (VBR) or not. Audio format was .MP3. In this case size is not the matter. I hope .wma and .wav also do fine. But I did not check them since I don't have any of them in my PC since size of the files isn't a matter I worry about. I would recommend you to avoid .m4a files.


2. Insert empty CD and open Nero Express (Or just select 'Burn AUDIO CD using Nero' in auto-play once you put the Audio CD in the DVD+/-RW)


3. Select the music tracks and the order of the tracks of your desire and click 'Next'. Collective play time is indicated in a status bar and it will turn red once you exceed the limit of 80Mins.

[In Audio CDs play time (length of the track) is the limiting factor, not the size. For an example 52x/700MB/80Min CD-R means it is an empty disk on which the data can be written into this CD upto 700MB with a burning speed of upto 52X(max). 80Min is the maximum collective play time of the tracks in a case where you prefer to burn an Audio CD]


4. In the left side you can see an arrow and when you click it it will allow you to set a burning speed that you prefer apart from the default one. Set it as 8X and start burning. This is the optimum burning speed which I found from my experiments


Let the CD to complete burning and once done it will eject. There you are, go hit the MID radio. VOILA it plays nicely. Enjoy the beats

Burning software for this doesn't necessarily have to be Nero but whatever you use make sure CDs can be burnt with 8X speed. The AUDIO CD burner that comes with the Windows Media Player does not list any burning speeds. What it has is Slow, Medium, Fast and Fastest. Select either Medium or Slow. Remember slower the writing speed, lesser the problems. CD burning time may depend on this speed but it's worth the wait. It took like 10Mins for me to burn an Audio CD in 8X speed.

So fellaz have a good time in you car listening to awesome music and try not to wreck your beloved E39 meanwhile.
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Are the files on the burned CD in CDA format?
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Yes. In most cases all of them are converted into .CDA
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- What music file formats (WAV, AIFF, CDA, audio cd, redbook) cd burner does the BMW Business CD Player play (1)
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Apparently realoem changed their URLs recently so many linked diagrams are not showing:
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > RealOEM Website and Diagram URL Changes (Update Your Links)
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I noticed recently that the RealOEM website has undergone some changes – improved layout, new interactive diagrams, catalog updated as of 03/2015, etc. All good news, except for the fact that previous links to diagrams are now broken and no longer show up in forum posts.

Links to individual pages will still redirect, but if you’ve ever linked directly to RealOEM diagrams in past replies or are reading through a thread where others are referencing diagrams that are no longer there, below are some ways to fix your links or track down an old image that is now broken.

Tracking down missing RealOEM diagrams in older posts:
If you come across a thread/post that references a diagram that is no longer there, follow these steps.

1. Quote the message in order to view the original text.
2. Look for the old RealOEM diagram URL.
Old RealOEM Diagram URL: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/diagrams/p/u/199.png
New RealOEM Diagram URL: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/images/diag_2yrb.png (directory and file name has changed)
3. Copy the old URL into your browser’s address bar.
4. Type “http://web.archive.org/web/*/" in front of the URL and hit “Enter.”
Example: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://...ms/p/u/199.png
5. The Wayback Machine Internet Archive currently shows that page saved “1 time on December 11, 2011.” Click the date to view the older diagram.

Note: if the image is linked (see below) use the [URL] address instead of the [IMG] address, which will redirect to the appropriate page and diagram.
Linking to the new RealOEM diagrams in the future:
Since RealOEM has switched to interactive diagrams, you can no longer right-click and copy the image URL as easily for pasting into forum replies. To link to the new diagrams, you’ll need to go about this another way. I’m using Firefox, but other browsers are similar.

1. On a RealOEM diagram page (like this one), right-click on the page and select “View Page Info”
2. On the next window, select the tab titled “Media” to view all images on the page.

3. Right-click and copy the URL of the new RealOEM diagram.
4. While the older diagrams could be wrapped with [IMG] tags and shown at 100%, the new RealOEM diagrams are considerably larger in size (see: old vs. new). For readability and easier viewing of the new diagrams, you might consider using the [FEATUREIMG] tag instead.
Image Example (left):
Linked Image Example (right): Click  to view on  RealOEM.

Click to view on RealOEM.
The [FEATUREIMG] tag resizes RealOEM's 1288 x 910px images down to a more manageable 645 x 456px. The [IMG] tag will leave them at their original size. You can use this to resize other images, but it may be useful when linking to RealOEM diagrams in the future.
Updating previous posts (if you’re so inclined):
Under the forum's advanced search in the “Search by Keyword” field, enter “IMG RealOEM”, and type your user name into the “Search by User Name” field to return only those posts you can edit.

Using the above information, you can either update your links accordingly or track down the old image from the Wayback Machine and attach it directly to your post.
I know a fair amount of people link to and use RealOEM's diagrams, and I’ll be going back through all of my old posts to update everything. If anyone else wants to do the same, it might help others out at some point down the line.

If you’re looking for a missing diagram or looking to link to one in the future, hope some of the above helps, as well!
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I have always suggested folks either manually save or screenshot the realoem diagrams and post the (edited) screenshots (which is what I almost always do).

The one problem I have is that the parts list usually scrolls off the page (hence it's not captured in a Linux/Windows print-screen or Mac command-3 results.

While one can print the entire screen to Adobe PDF, which will capture the parts list - and - then simply save the PDF to JPEG, I prefer this Firefox extension for saving an entire page (including offscreen sections of the web page) to a JPEG:
- Firefox extension for screenshotting an entire web page to JPEG
Quote:
Original Screengrab! add-on by Andy M for Mozilla Firefox is abandoned March 21, 2010:
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/screengrab/

Does it mean its death? Of course not! It has been reborn! I brought it back to life!

Now it is called Screengrab (fix version) and works with all Firefox versions.

What is Screengrab?

Screengrab! saves entire webpages as images. Just right-click on the page you want to grab and look in the "Screengrab" menu.
It will capture what you can see in the window, the entire page, just a selection, a particular frame... basically it saves webpages as images - either to a file, or to the clipboard, or upload to internet.

The following little keywords are at the request of those who can't remember the name ScreenGrab and want searches to work. It takes screen shots, screenshots, capture, screen capture, - that is, shots (captures), of web pages.
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