Updates Discontinued, Site Closing Next Year

I pay $10/month for shared hosting with Dreamhost.com.  Shared hosting means a provider serves pages for multiple web sites, each having its own domain name, from a single web server.  Most hosting companies provide shared hosting.  Although it’s a less expensive way to create and maintain a web presence, it’s usually not sufficient for web sites with high traffic, so they need a dedicated server (VPS) .

I run two sites with my hosting plan:  Cinemasphyxia, and my 3D art forum at Visions of Darkness.  VoD hit the ground running when I started it last June, and has become increasingly popular ever since.  I opened a ticket with Dreamhost about the VPS e-mail I got, and was told the combined traffic from both sites is what’s taxing their hardware and causing Cinemasphyxia to crash (Over 300 times in the last 30 days).   Thankfully, VoD’s traffic is comparatively light, so it’s not a concern, and likely never will be.  Since I can’t afford a VPS for Cinemasphyxia, they suggested I create another user and move either site to it, so I moved this one.

Dreamhost also told me Cinemasphyxia is unusually large for a shared hosting plan.  Unfortunately, there’s no way to know how long this solution will last before I get another notice.  As it keeps growing, that risk will increase.  Frankly, that’s not something I want to have to consider when posting clip updates, so I’ve decided to permanently discontinue them now, and close the site when the domain expires, next year.

It’s been one helluva ride, folks.  Lots of ups and downs.  I can’t thank you enough for your feedback and support.  I’ve learned about fantastic scenes I never knew existed, and still enjoy watching.  I’m sorry I was unable to fill all of the requests I’ve received over the years, but I hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve posted.  There are only a few dozen clips in my collection that I have any interest in keeping.  I’m going to delete the rest after I close the site, so I strongly suggest backing up anything you’ve downloaded.

To reiterate, Cinemasphyxia.com will be permanently closed on November 15, 2018.

Thank you, and enjoy.

Updates Suspended, Server-Side Issue May Cause Closure

Since 2004, this site has been fully hosted by Dreamhost.com.  Yesterday, they contacted me about a server-side issue being caused by the site.  Apparently, it’s frequently reaching the technical capacity of their hardware.  When this happens, the site crashes and becomes briefly unavailable as they automatically restart it.  They’ve suggested a few options to resolve the matter:

  • Upgrade my hosting to a fully managed Virtual Private Server (VPS), effectively moving everything to one or more Solid State Drives (SSDs)
  • Optimize any web apps to be less resource-intensive
  • Take no action.  The site will continue running up against its hardware limits, but they’re ok with that if I am

Upgrading to a VPS is not an option for me.  * Plans start at 30 GB of storage for $165/year.  The site already exceeds the usage limit for that plan.  Based on current stats, their cheapest plan would cost $330/year for a 60 GB VPS that best suits the site’s immediate needs.  $660/year would future-proof it up to 120 GB.  Their top tier offers 240 GB for $1320/year.

I don’t run any site-related web apps outside of WordPress.  The only resource-intensive elements are the clips, and I am not going to start rotating them again.  That was a bygone headache that I do not miss.

I’ve decided not to take any action at this time, but I’m suspending clip updates until further notice.  I’ve also removed the Request Log from the menu, and the Clip Request and Clip Donation addresses from the Feedback page.

I have never, and will never charge for access to the site or any of its content.  Nor will I accept any donations to keep it running.  It has always been strictly a labor of love.  Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.  As excited as I am about my new video editor, and was optimistic about the site’s future, I’ve always kept an open mind about having to shut it down someday.  Until then, it is now a static archive.

The domain name expires on Noveber 15, 2018.  If circumstances haven’t changed by then, or worsen, the site will be permanently closed.

* April 14: I did some number-crunching and updated the information above.

New Video Editor, Jennifer Lawrence Drowns in Space

I’ve been using Pinnacle Studio Ultimate for over 10 years now.  Unfortunately, as new versions have come out in recent years, new bugs have found their way in.  Some of have been patched.  One particularly annoying bug, discovered in version 18, and which no one has been able to duplicate consistently enough for Pinnacle to fix, randomly crashes the app regardless of what stage of any project you’re on.  When Pinnacle released version 19 last year, I thought the problem might finally be solved, only to discover that support for the file type used by my video recording software had been removed, thus preventing me from editing clips.  Consequently, I’ve been relegated to version 18 and dealing with random crashes while Pinnacle continues releasing new versions.

My frustration came to a head this week when Pinnacle Studio crashed five times while I was trying to edit this week’s clip.  I thought, if my site is going to be a lifelong hobby, I have got to find better software.  After spending the last few days with a trial copy, I am very excited to write that I have.  Last night, I switched to Corel VideoStudio x10 Ultimate for $100, and it is fucking amazing!  The interface is so much more refined, and the editing functions are more visually intuitive.  I especially love its multi-trim editor.  My only minor criticism is that the default duration for transitions can’t be set to anything less than 1 second.  Thankfully, manual adjustments are a breeze.

It feels really great having a clean, well-designed, stable new editor.  I’m optimistic about the site’s future, and looking forward to keeping it updated for years to come.  Incidentally, I recently canceled my two-year old membership with Adobe Photoshop CC and switched to Corel PaintShop Pro x9 Ultimate for my 3D art, so it’s also nice having creative tools from the same brand supporting both of my hobbies.  :)

Passengers is my first edit using VideoStudio.  Enjoy!

Source Material

Last April, I wrote that I would no longer record scenes from DVD or Blu-Ray discs.  Part of the reason was due to software compatibility issues under Windows 10.  Though Blu-Ray discs remain incompatible, I may have figured out how to start recording DVDs again.  I recently switched to VLC as my media player of choice, and learned that I can use Fraps with it.  The only drawback is that scenes recorded from DVDs will always be up-scaled instead of true HD.

I’m expecting DVDs of a couple of clip requests in the mail, and will see what I can do with them.

Request Log

I’ve been a very, very bad host.  I just spent an hour cleaning up my Inbox and found clip requests dating back to 2014.  I deleted all of the requests I know I can’t fill, and updated the Request Log with titles that I’m reasonably certain I can fill.

Starting with this update, I’m putting the newest requests on top for easier indexing.  There are 17 of them.  Suffice it to say, I have my work cut out for me.

I also removed the section of the Request Log that listed titles I’ve never been able to find.  It was over 10 years old.  I felt it pointless to maintain anymore, and no longer feel inclined to keep adding to it.