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"I was hoping to bid a farewell to everyone at the end of the playoffs after a second 3-peat from the Lakers. Obviously the second 3-peat won't be happening anymore. It has nothing to do with the loss to the Mavericks. I've been following the Lakers since 1998 and I'm still an avid fan. I will continue to follow the Lakers just like all the real fans out there but I won't be putting up videos anymore.
I've dedicated much time and effort to this site and didn't really want to see it end. I'm glad that I was able to provide highlights for the last 4 years. There are many highlight makers out there and I'm sure many of you will have no trouble finding another source. Thank you to everybody who donated to me for the last 4 years. Thank you to all the fans out there for making this the #1 place to go for Laker Highlights.
Have a great summer and I'll be looking forward to a new season if there isn't a lock-out. This is JD2K signing off." - JD2K on May 8, 2011
....His highlights will be there for eternity. So, lets get this started.
Q: Is He INSERT_NAME_HERE on YouTube?
A: No, He doesn't put his videos on YouTube but He appreciates them for making his work available to more people.
Q: Is He JD2K on MixMakers.net forum?
A: Nope, the only forum He post links to his videos is LakersGround.net
Q: Why doesn't He put his highlights on YouTube?
A: YouTube video quality is just plain bad for sports footage due to its recompression.
Q: But YouTube has HD mode now and it looks amazing.
A: You need to upload videos in 720P or 1080i format to have HD mode enabled for YouTube. A 3min 1080i clip at 17Mbps is over 350MB in size and will take a while to upload to YouTube. Plus you have to wait for YouTube to recompress the video. Not to mention that the videos can just magically disappear a day later due to you-know-what reason. His upstream is quite slow and he does not want to have to reupload when this happens.
Q: Does He have a way for me to stream the videos on my iPhone or iPod touch?
A: You're in luck. Starting 12/10/09, all new videos will be viewable on your device at http://m.lakersmedia.com or http://lakersmedia.com/mobile/
Q: Where are the download links now?
A: It's on the right side of your screen under "Download Links" for each video that you're watching.
Q: My name is Kobe Bryant and I really like what He does, what can I do to help?
A: Mr. Bryant, you are more than welcome to Donate to the cause.
Q: Why did He make LakersMedia.com?
A: He was tired of watching blurry Lakers videos on YouTube. He tried other video hosting services but they didn't like the idea of that and would promptly remove his videos. Stage6 was home for a while but then they went the way of the Dodo. So in March 2008, He decided to launch this site for all the Lakers fans out there because He knew that He wasn't the only one feeling this way about YouTube.
Q: Were the Celtics really suck because I see nothing but footage from the Lakers for last night's game?
A: First, Celtics do suck. He only does highlights for the Lakers regardless if they win or lose.
Q: What constitutes a highlight for him?
- An alley-oop.
- A dunk.
- A layup by Derek Fisher.
- A great defensive play.
- A spectacular pass that leads to a basket.
- A basket that follows a great defensive play.
- A basket that beats the 24-sec shot or to end the quarter.
- A difficult basket.
- A hustle play that leads to a basket or possession.
- A 3-point play or 4-point play.
- A weird moment.
Q: Divx version crashes my browser. What's going on?
A: You probably need the latest version 1.5 of Divx Web Player. Click on Upgrade Now when it prompts you to upgrade or download the whole installation package here (PC) / (MAC).
Q: How can I improve the performance of the Streaming Divx version?
A: Right click the play window and go to PREFERENCES and select no POST PROCESSING under VIDEO PLAYBACK. Post processing adds unnecessary strain to your system to your system and excessive sharpening which can lead to artifacts. Q: I don't see any video. What's wrong?
A: You need to have FLASH 9+ installed to view MP4 format and DIVX Web Player (PC) / (MAC) to view DIVX format.
Q: Is there something wrong with his videos because it stops right in the middle of the highlight?
A: Clear your browser's cache and try to view the video again. This usually happens when there's a slight pause from the server while uploading the video to your end. The flash player is unable to resume the download at this point so you end up with an incomplete file which the player displays as a complete one because it only reads the header of the file..
Q: Is it my internet connection or is your site very slow to load?
A: I am on a shared server and it can be quite slow on game day or a few hours after the game has ended.
Q: What do I use to play the downloaded videos on my computer?
A: I use Zoom Player that comes with Combined Community Codec Pack It comes with two players and all the codecs necessary to play most if not all video formats on your PC.
Q: Which version is better? MP4 or DIVX?
A: At any given bitrate, MP4 will look better than DIVX. MP4 videos will be "choppy" if your system isn't fairly new. Even if your computer is fairly new you still might experience this problem if you have many programs running. DIVX format is recommended if you're having this issue with MP4 videos.
Q: I just bought my computer last week and it's still choppy under Internet Explorer.
A: This problem is more prominent under Internet Explorer but can occur under Firefox and other browsers too. Usually it's due to excessive amount of disk I/O as it tries to download and play at the same time. Simply let the player download the whole video by quickly pressing pause and let the progress bar move all the way to the right before pressing play.
Q: Why did He call your highlights HD when they're only in 720x400 and HD means 720P and 1080i?
A: As of Jananuary 15th 2010, only the streaming versions are 720x400. You can download both 720P and 1080P versions in the download section. Standard MP4/Divx 720x400 download links will be available first since they're much smaller than 720P & 1080P versions to upload.
Q: Will He have 720P & 1080P versions available for download for all games?
A: ABC broadcasts in 720P at 60FPS so there won't be 1080P version for games on ABC. All other games on KCAL, TNT, ESPN, NBATV AND FSW will have both 720P(60FPS) and 1080P(30FPS) available for download. Don't expect the links to be available immediately after the streaming version since these HD files are much bigger and take longer to upload.
Q: How does He get 720P(60FPS) from 1080i(30FPS) broadcast?
A: He use a method known as "BOB" deinterlacing which converts interlaced fields into its own frames essentially doubling the frame rate from 30 frames per second or 60 fields per second to 60 frames per second. The action in 720P at 60FPS will be silky smooth when you compare it to the deinterlaced 1080P version.
Q: Why doesn't He offer 1080P at 60FPS using this "bob" method too?
A: The file size for 1080P(30FPS) video is big enough as it is and at 60FPS it will be twice as big. A 5min clip at 1080P(60FPS) will be roughly 600MB and that will require a lot of his time to upload. With so many games being played per week, he doesn't think He can spare any more time uploading such files.
Q: My computer started to cry when I tried to play his 1080P video, how do I comfort it?
A: 1080P takes quite a bit of horsepower from your computer to play smoothly. A dual-core processor running at 2.4Ghz or more will suffice. You can try using CoreAVC as your decoder to help achieve smooth playback. He was able to get smooth playback on an old AMD Athlon 4200+ with the help of CoreAVC but the CPU was running near 60-75% during playback. Ultimately, you want to offload the decoding process to your video card's GPU. Check with your video card to see if it offers H.264 hardware decoding.
Q: How do I embed his videos?
A: That feature is not available due to bandwidth reason. Bandwidth usage is at 10TB/month and allowing embedding will lead to server downtime due to bandwidth issue.
Q: Luke Walton did a 1080degree between the leg dunk but it's not in the highlight. What gives?
A: No, he didn't.
Q: Ok, ok, I lied but Kobe had a sick dunk over Dwight Howard in the 3rd quarter and it's not in the highlight. What gives?
A: Either He didn't think it was highlight-worthy or He simply forgot about it. He did forget a play here and there so leave a reminder in the comment and He'll try to post it.
Q: Can you please please please please send me the whole game?
A: A whole game is just too big and the NBA might not like that idea.
Q: The game ended 5 minutes ago, where's the highlight man?
A: Are you serious?
Q: Fine, the game ended an hour ago, where's the highlight man?
A: Either He's not available to do the highlight or He's still working on it. He does try his best to make the highlight available as quickly as possible but it is quite time consuming.
Q: How long can it be?
A: An average 3min HD highlight takes about 30min - 60min to compile the clips, encode, upload, and publish. It takes about 20min-45min to do a 3min SD highlight.
Q: Why are some games not in HD?
A: Either the network didn't broadcast in HD or my hardware failed. All games as of 12/9/2009 will be capped in HD. Fixed the sync issue.
Q: What system does He use to make these highlights?
A: He has an old Athlon Phenom X4 9600 with 2GB PC6400 memory and Hauppauge PVR-1600 PCI and HD-PVR 1212 running on Windows Vista Media Center. Feel free to donate a Xeon Workstation so He can put the highlights up faster.
Q: What program does He use to encode your highlights?
A: He uses STAXMEDIA frontend to encode his highlights. x264 codec for MP4 version and free Divx codec for DIVX version. These can be downloaded automatically within Staxrip.
Q: What program does he use to make your mixes?
A: He uses a combination of Photoshop, After Effects, and Sony Vegas.
Q: Can He get me a job with the Lakers?
A: No, He doesn't work for the organization.
Q: Where's the site again?
A: Just click JD2K here and you'll see all of the Lakers Highlights from the 2007-2008 NBA Season to the 2010-2011 NBA Season.