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:::I won't be able to get a screenshot up until I get home, as virus is currently undownloadable. However, it looks as though Homestar's head is pulling words up from nowhere. — {{User:Lapper/sig}} 16:17, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
:::I won't be able to get a screenshot up until I get home, as virus is currently undownloadable. However, it looks as though Homestar's head is pulling words up from nowhere. — {{User:Lapper/sig}} 16:17, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
::::He is. (I don't know how to upload to the wiki). Homestar pulls the words from nowhere. --[[User:The Experimental Film|The Experimental Film]] 23:41, 28 February 2006 (UTC)

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Alt versions for podcast

On the DVD version of dragon, the homsar easter egg is automatically enabled. They also did this on the new podcast version of the email. So, is there some place that we can note this on the page for that email? Should we create new an entirely new section for Podcast version on this page and all sbemails??? --Duke33 17:25, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

Probably, yeah. — It's dot com 20:00, 30 January 2006 (UTC)


I was thinking about H*R toons on iPods THIS MORNING...!

RSS Feed

Now all they need is an RSS feed so you can put this right in iTunes as a podcast and download it straight to the iPod.. --AndrewNeo 18:25, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

Maybe a fan can create one. Y'know, like this one. And no, I didn't mean that I would create one, either.—S*R 19:08, 30 January 2006 (UTC)
I could certainly do it. I would just assume this would be something we'd want the Brothers Chaps to do themselves. In any case, I'll break out Notepad and have something up in a bit. :) --AndrewNeo 20:11, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

-I Created one that you can subscribe to here: [1] The tags aren't all that great because I just created a category in Wordpress. But they're there and it works! Check it out - Brad Kovach

XHTML 1.0 Transitional

First time I can remember a DOCTYPE being declared. Can anyone confirm? -- Tom 19:54, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

It's a shame it doesn't validate. — InterruptorJones 03:49, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

Podstar links

I added a new interwiki-style link to our repertoire. To link to one of the files, simply preface it with "Podstar:" (for example: Podstar:sb_email_japanese_cartoon.m4v). — It's dot com 19:58, 30 January 2006 (UTC)


What's with this weird picture we got here? Is this photoshopped or what?--Robert Benedicio 20:36, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

Nope, the picture is from the .m4v of techno. Here's a screenshot of the scene in iTunes. --videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif 20:57, 30 January 2006 (UTC)
Why is the wiki logo different? -You know who!
I customized it. See my monobook.css, about 25 lines down. --videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif 21:09, 30 January 2006 (UTC)
That was cool.--— That is Truly an Apple/blog

21:16, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

Can somebody transcript any custom animation it contains, like this Strong Bad thing? - Joshua 21:33, 30 January 2006 (UTC)


Has anybody noticed that the M4V videos have a much higher sound quality than the Flash files? Might seem a bit unfair for the "normal Flashers" at first, but if someone was to import the Flash file (which, if possible, would give us a load of vectors and so a nearly unlimited possibility of resizing) and mix its video track with the audio track of the M4V video, they could actually get megalomanic resolutions and a sound quality that beats the Flash file on the site. Anybody up to the task to make a proof-of-concept, HDTV-compatible Strong Bad Email? As long as it stays a non-redistributed proof-of-concept, it shouldn't be illegal. ~~Ravu 21:20, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

Seems like a bit of a waste of time to me, but whatever. Anyway, in regard to your question: from what i've seen, it may not be as, ahem, "simple", as that. Most Flash decompiling programs manage to bugger up tweens etc as well as fonts. Then, on top of this, you usually need to fiddle with the .fla file you get at the end to get it to match up with the original .swf as mask layers etc often separate. Basically, it'd be some hassle.

Actually.. also its higher sound quality on the DVD's too so you could always just buy the dvds... 01:12, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

Yes, you should buy the DVDs, because it supports TBC. By the way, I wouldn't spend any time on it, because it would end up being illegal since anything worth doing eventually ends up distributed. Even if it were legal, this talk page is not the place to solicit volunteers to work on it. — It's dot com 03:45, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
Never wished to argue with that. Anyways, I was actually thinking about buying myself the Overkill Combo, but since it seems minors can't have credit cards over here in Austria, I'll have to put that off for the next few years (or ask somebody with a credit card). ~~Ravu 06:08, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
It is illegal. I study copyright law in my free time, and it is illegal. Sorry to crush your hopes and dreams, Bluebry 01:43, 5 February 2006 (UTC)
Sound? Yeah, that's a good one. I can't get any sound at all. Not to mention, the video quality seriously sucks.--Jnelson09 00:02, 9 February 2006 (UTC)
Oh man! I am a complete idiot. The sound was off. No matter, I can just use the ones already there.--Jnelson09 00:06, 9 February 2006 (UTC)
Have they explicitly forbidden creating derivative works for the sole personal use by one single person now? If it isn't redistributed, I don't see where the problem lies. ~~Ravu 13:13, 13 February 2006 (UTC)

Link on Site

Is there a link to this page on the actual site besides the recently updated on the homepages? Like in downloads or something? That's where it should be.--Martin925 22:27, 30 January 2006 (UTC)


Hey, do you guys think there is any chance that they would release them on MP4 format so we (i) can watch them on Our (my) PlayStation Portable (PSP) System? either that, or is there some sort of Software or something that i could download so i could convert the M4V Files to MP4's?


Since theyve done m4p's they'll probablyn eventually do ones for the PSP. As for converting.. i have no clue lol. 01:14, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

yes they work on the psp- Freezestar

No, they dont. i checked it out, i even upgraded my Bloody psp, didnt work, and all my movies that i had on it couldnt be played. great job, Sony.


They don't work on the PSP. The videos available from the Podstar Runner page are encoded using H.264, and not MPEG-4. While giving it a better file size and reasonable video quality, it makes it incompatible with the PSP. --Tuquee 06:55, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

Use PSPVideo9 to transcode the .M4v files. -CujoSR

mencoder sb_email_techno.m4v -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vhq:vbitrate=896 -oac mp3lame -lameopts vbr=3:br=128 -o sb_email_techno.mp4

Let me know how that works for you, I'm not sure exactly what a PSP expects. --phlip TC 16:10, 2 February 2006 (UTC)


do these files play on windows media player? (Or are they convertable to VuGo format?)-- Benol, aka Coach B 01:09, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

They are in H.264 video with AAC audio. I think there are codecs you can get for those for WMP. Person Man 02:01, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

Unfocused Floppy

discoveries of the deep?

So uh... Anybody figure out what the floppy is labled, the one that the iPod is resting against? All you... Decompilers or just those with good eyesight? And intuition? Thunderbird 01:57, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

I think the floppy says: Something of the Something. It's just too faded.-- Benol, aka Coach B 02:09, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
Well, I searched Moby games for a DOS title with "of the" in it, and of around 250 results, the most likely canditate I could find was "discoveries of the deep". Does that look plausible to anybody? Thunderbird 00:36, 5 February 2006 (UTC)
Definitely looks plausible. —FireBird|Talk 01:11, 5 February 2006 (UTC)
Ditto that. --DorianGray
I added info for Discoveries of the Deep to the Floppy Disk Container article. Has Matt? (talk) 19:31, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

Strong Sad's iPod? I think not.

That is not Strong Sad's iPod in the background, as stated on the wiki. It appears to be at least a 4G iPod, but its shape (especially the screen) is closer to that of the 5G iPod. Look at it--it has the gray clickwheel characteristic of 4G+ iPods. Strong Sad's is first- or second-generation. -Bruce

It doesn't look exactly like Strong Sad's iPod from the picture, but it is blurry, so details might not have been put in. Other times that this happens is when you see a zoomed-out picture of the Compy, and you cannot see the dial. Lets just see what others put in as well and then we will make final decisions. -Martin925 04:52, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
Whoops. Didn't sign that last message--fixed. Anyway, here's the thing. The blur would make it hard to decide, except for the scroll-wheel. Notice it's gray. Strong Sad's iPod, as seen so far, has had a white scroll-wheel. The blur filter may obscure details, but it's not going to change the colors of anything. -Bruce 05:04, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
The width of the screen appears to be wider than Strong Sad's iPod, but quite like a video iPod.
The enlarged screen size and trademarked click wheel give it away that this iPod was designed to be a 5G iPod. However, note the headphone jack is plugged into the middle of the top of the iPod. That characteristic is not true with 5G iPods, which have the jack on the far right of the top. — Lapper (talk) 13:35, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
Well, let's think about this for a minute. Who else in the Brothers Strong house (or anywhere else in FCUSA for that matter) owns an iPod? Mabye Strong Sad upgraded to a newer version or something. I agree, it's not the same one that we've seen before, but no one else has an iPod, so in my opinion, it has to be Strong Sad's. Has Matt? (talk) 13:50, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
I concur. Is this already noted on the item's article, or have we yet to add it? — Lapper (talk) 15:31, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
I thought the same exact thing as Has Matt? but I forgot to mention it. Who else would have an ipod? I think so far its Strong Sads, unless maybe in the future it is revealed that maybe Strong Bad got one or something.--Martin925 21:55, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
Strong Bad with an iPod? Strong Bad thinks that flashlights are "the future of technology". Has Matt? (talk) 23:25, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

Maybe the Cheat bought an iPod... I mean, we already know he likes Apple :P

Original Name

Since they changed the name from Strong Bad video podcasts, I think we should mention it in trivia.--Martin925 22:00, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

So... mention it. :) I'd do it but I haven't kept up with this page closely enough to know for sure what you're talking about. — It's dot com 22:22, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

What do I have to do?

What do I have to do to make Strong Bad pop up? I says wait a second after the email, what email it doesn't play any email. Bassium! m OCE

Please be more specific. After every Strong Bad Email featured, a short clip of Strong Bad should appear. — Lapper (talk) 23:46, 1 February 2006 (UTC)

Oh, so you have to download the emails to watch the clips and stuff, well in that case nevermind. Bassium! m OCE


I could help with the PSP and iPod video conversion

I don't believe that creating PSP files for distribution would fall under fair use laws. Thanks for offering, though. — Lapper (talk) 15:44, 2 February 2006 (UTC)
While distribution of alternate versions would be illegal, converting it yourself to another format and playing it on your PSP would be considered fair use. Since the videos don't have DRM, they are not covered by the DMCA and the fair use exception can apply.
Creating a instructions to convert or a program that will do the converting would be fine (assuming you don't charge for it or anything). --SirNuke 01:22, 4 February 2006 (UTC)
This may be true, but I don't believe it falls under fair use. Just me. Bluebry 19:11, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

Requires Quicktime?

Below external links it says that either iTunes or Quicktime is required to play these, but I must disagree. All that's needed is a player that can support the MOV file format, H264 decoding, and AAC decoding. The videos all play back perfectly on my computer without any sort of Apple "adware" installed. And it says that Quicktime version 6.0 is required, but I don't think that 6.0 can play H264 video. --Taku42 21:07, 2 February 2006 (UTC)

It can play H263, however. As for other programs, Quicktime and iTunes are the only two official programs that fully support and write .mov format. If you know of another that's as good as either of these, however, please say so. — Lapper (talk) 21:11, 2 February 2006 (UTC)
MPlayer (the almighty) has no problems. --phlip TC 05:26, 3 February 2006 (UTC)
The VideoLan Client ([2]) works really well. Which is a bit odd since VLC often has trouble with newer Quicktime files.--SirNuke 01:06, 4 February 2006 (UTC)

They may mean Quicktime 7, which I believe is the minimum requirement for iTMS videos.


Also, video is only supported in iTunes 6.0 and up, podcasts from version 4.9. So regarding either capability, the iTunes version in the article is incorrect. 01:24, 14 February 2006 (UTC)

Brothers Chaps helped! wooh

I got a email, from them after i emailed them.

Quicktime Pro can convert a .m4v file to an .mp4 file or any other format for that matter. Just open the file up in Quicktime and choose Export to put it in whatever format you need, this way you shouldn't have a problem getting it onto you PSP.

Brothers Chaps

On Jan 31, 2006, at 9:08 AM, Beep wrote:

Hello, i noticed that you just put up Podstar Runner, for the iPod, well, is it possible that you could do a different version, for the PSP? PSP uses the .mp4 files.

Thank You.

So...Wooh! --Coach J 18:53, 6 February 2006 (UTC)

The psp needs a thumbnail file too so just converting it to mp4 won't work (I've tried). PSP video 9is the easiest way, it creates a thumbnail file automatically. Get a big memory stick too, videos eat up space fast.

RSS feed oddities

I removed them from the article, because the odd things in the RSS feed (copyright tag, link tag) are because TBC copied the RSS example from Apple's website. I have emailed TBC about the tags, too. --AndrewNeo 00:19, 9 February 2006 (UTC)

¿Qué está el problema?

I downloaded the latest versions of quicktime and iTunes and these files won't run on my computer no matter what I try! The podcast won't even download, it keeps showing the same error! Is it because my comp uses windows? Does my computer hate me?-- Benol, aka Coach B 05:23, 14 February 2006 (UTC)

Can't help you with the podcast. That's really too bad. :( But I can help you in other ways. Que and esta need é and á, and it's el problema. Tricky Spanish, eh? But sorry about the errors, and sorry that I'm no expert in iPods. —BazookaJoe 05:36, 14 February 2006 (UTC)
I don't even have an iPod, I just want to watch them on my comp so I can hear this so called "better sound quality".-- Benol, aka Coach B 12:11, 14 February 2006 (UTC)

Today's top podcast!

Strong Bad Email is currently "Today's Top Podcast" in the iTunes Music store! — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 06:32, 21 February 2006 (UTC)

Get a screenshot while it lasts. =) It might come in useful. --DorianGray
Here's the screenshots:
I'm not sure if these should go on the page or not, though. — Lapper (talk) 06:43, 21 February 2006 (UTC)


I'm not sure if this can go anywhere on the page, but I figured I'd list the descriptions within iTunes for the episodes.

techno -- Some bozo asks about techno music.
japanese cartoon -- Strong Bad makes up his own japanese cartoon.
dragon -- Strong Bad starts a bad drawing revolution.
kids book -- Strong Bad seriously defaces a children's book.
crying -- Strong Bad seriously defaces a children's book. (whoops on their part, apparently)
bottom 10 -- From the home office in Scotsdale, AZ...
caffeine -- Strong Sad gets caffeinated.
virus -- A virus wreaks havoc on the Compy.

I wasn't exactly sure where to put this, but I figured it should at least be listed somewhere around here, so here it is. Spell4yr 07:58, 21 February 2006 (UTC)

lol, reading the edit history for the main page, I suppose I should have left my editorialized comments out of it, or put it separate or in italics or something. Sorry! (I didn't realize they fixed it, though; I guess I'll have to redownload it.) Spell4yr 19:10, 21 February 2006 (UTC)


Should we upload the previous emails on the mirror, seeing as they are not currently available from the official site? -FatPamPam

Guitar was a little earlier...

Y'know, Guitar actually was downloadable on the night of February 26th, not the 27th as it says here... maybe we should mention that... --The Experimental Film 21:58, 27 February 2006 (UTC)

Well technically, the first five weren't released one after the other on seperate days, as it reads in the podcast, either. — Lapper (talk) 23:37, 27 February 2006 (UTC)

Bandwith Issue

Since now on the website only the most recent is available, are the other emails unavailable through iTunes as well? I wouldn't know because I was already subscribed and had them on my computer before the problem occured.--Martin925 03:26, 28 February 2006 (UTC)

Unfortunately, yes, they are unavailable. All that appears in the list is "guitar". —FireBird|Talk 04:10, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
Was "bottom 10" ever even on iTunes? I tried to get it, but the podcast wasn't downloading it... --The Experimental Film 23:36, 28 February 2006 (UTC)


I see that the menu below virus is not in this version. How do they handle that scene where Homestar is picking up the words? Can we get a shot of that? Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 16:10, 28 February 2006 (UTC)

The issue with the widescreen ratio and therefore pan and scan style of virus (.mp4) is already mentioned. The navbar is indeed cut off when Homestar picks up the words, if that's what you mean. — Lapper (talk) 16:13, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
Right. I'm curious what that looks like. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 16:14, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
I won't be able to get a screenshot up until I get home, as virus is currently undownloadable. However, it looks as though Homestar's head is pulling words up from nowhere. — Lapper (talk) 16:17, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
He is. podcastviruspic1cu.png (I don't know how to upload to the wiki). Homestar pulls the words from nowhere. --The Experimental Film 23:41, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
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