Telephone cord tutorial

Someone asked me to do a video tutorial for one of thoses curly telephone cords. If others are interested here it is (40Mb):


I must say everyone of your tutorials I learn something from. Please make more. They are awesome.


what codec did you use for this? i cant get the video to work. Only the sound plays :frowning:

mplayer output:

Playing test-0000.mpeg.
AVI file format detected.
VIDEO: [FMP4] 800x600 24bpp 10.000 fps 580.7 kbps (70.9 kbyte/s)
Clip info:
Software: Lavf50.5.0

Opening audio decoder: [mp3lib] MPEG layer-2, layer-3
AUDIO: 22050 Hz, 2 ch, s16le, 32.0 kbit/4.54% (ratio: 4000->88200)
Selected audio codec: afm: mp3lib (mp3lib MPEG layer-2, layer-3)

Opening video filter: [hue]
Opening video filter: [eq]

Opening video decoder: [ffmpeg] FFmpeg’s libavcodec codec family
Selected video codec: [ffodivx] vfm: ffmpeg (FFmpeg MPEG-4)

Building audio filter chain for 22050Hz/2ch/s16le -> 0Hz/0ch/??..
alsa-init: 1 soundcard found, using: default
alsa: 22050 Hz/2 channels/4 bpf/30104 bytes buffer/Signed 16 bit Little Endian
AO: [alsa] 22050Hz 2ch s16le (2 bytes per sample)
Building audio filter chain for 22050Hz/2ch/s16le -> 22050Hz/2ch/s16le…
Starting playback…
Plays fine here with xine, mplayer and vlc.


I’ll download this when I get home.
Your tuts are the best on this board I’ve seen.
I always go “Mkay?” for a while afterwards :slight_smile:

i guess i didn’t have the FFmpeg codec. Thanks for that - very interesting tutorial :slight_smile: I’ll have to give it a shot

This codec should do it:

thank you, i have been looking for a version that worked all morning

Excellent tutorial, thank you very much GreyBeard!
Works perfect with FFDShow and BSPlayer.

Great tutorial. Loved it. Went ahead and watched your subsurfing one also.

Keep up the wonderful work.

your tutorials are so good
please cane you help us with a car modeling tutorial

doesn’t play in QT 7.1.2 or VLC, i’m on OSX.
so now what?


It’s the divx codec try “divx mac” in google.


@Greybeard, i had a DivX codec, installed a new one but it still doesn’t work.
Included is a screenshot of the info in QT, seems to me there is something wrong with the file.I tried several downloads.



I don’t know anything about macs. I seems to think its a mpeg 1 – All I can suggest is to try changing the file extension.


GreyBeard, wonderful tutorial. I suspect it’s going to be useful for a lot more than telephone cords. Thanks :slight_smile: .

Very useful tutorial, thanks. To get it to play video and sound on a Mac I changed the extension to avi, then had to use ffmpegx to save it as DivX and played it with VLC. Hope this helps those with Macs.

Hi, i’m a newbie using Blender 2.46.

When i tried to JOIN the nurb circles, the telephone cord gets “flatten” into 2 dimension.

Please help, thanks.

Great tutorial. It’s “to the point”, relaxing to watch and the content is of a high quality.

Great tutorial!
I just have one suggestion for future video tutorials: consider using osdHotkey or other similar keystroke display program. I find it very usefull in other blender video tuts that I’ve seen.
Best regards,