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ChuckHutchings

Because I said so, THAT'S WHY!

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Ahh,I tried , I give up too.

Edited by Mike Sigmond
tried one more time

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"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="
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Ahh,I tried , I give up too.

That trick NEVER works! ;)

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<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8vynqUWnKI&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8vynqUWnKI&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

Nope , that dont work either.

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I think Chuck (S) either has to turn on You Tube embedding, or insert a script into the VB code to enable it.

If so, any chance of this happening? I'd much rather watch everyone's videos right there in the thread than in a separate You Tube window.

Chuck (H),

In the video, he goes straight for that bike. Any sign of him "casing the joint" earlier in the day?

Edited by Steve Lelinski
Hate Replying to my own posts.

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I will say this Chuck. That's pretty good quality video.

And that's after it's been "YouTube-ized"!

Yes, I am quite pleased with the video quality. Too bad it doesn't make a hill of beans difference in the situation. :confused:

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A detective finally came to the house today to see the video. The first words out of his mouth were "That was a great video you put on YouTube." (I happened to mention it in my newspaper column last week.)

I thought he was being smart but he continued and said that most of the local banks and other businesses still have B/W cameras and VHS tape systems that cost a LOT more than what I paid for mine.

He asked what format the video was in and I told him that I could just give him a CD with the video and an embeddedd player that could play/zoom/print the video and allow him to do whatever he needed with it back at the station. He was quite impressed.

Maybe I should go into business installing surveillance systems! :)

Edited by ChuckHutchings

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I thought he was being smart but he continued and said that most of the local banks and other businesses still have B/W cameras and VHS tape systems that cost a LOT more than what I paid for mine.

:)

So when all the banks get robbed in Miami Springs, this thread is where the lead on the poor bank surveillance came from;)

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So when all the banks get robbed in Miami Springs, this thread is where the lead on the poor bank surveillance came from;)

Hmm - good point. Hey! Now I know how to get the start-up capital to get my surveillance business going!

I'd better start my crime spree soon, though. It doesn't look like the banks will be around much longer. ;)

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Nice credits

That sucks :(

Those credits are actually 100% true. I mention this only because the last one - "Unused bicycle lock provided by City of Miami Springs Police Department" - might appear to some people to be a joke.

I assure you it is not. Every summer, our police department gives away free bike helmets and "Club" locks. If you look closely at the video, you'll see the white lock hanging on the handle bar.

While it was - technically - locked, it wasn't locked in an "anti-theft" mode. ;)

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