Sunday I started writing out this post:
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Sunday I started writing out this post:
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Mebbe I should start a tech blog, where I post successes and failures of the amateur videographer....
Well I was supposed to return the camera to the studio on Wednesday morning after school. Naturally, this mean that I thought I didn't have to start uploading footage off of it until Tuesday night.....yeaahhh. That didn't go so well. I had problems with that, 5 hours of HD video footage eats up hard drive space pretty quickly. Left it to (as I thought) upload all night, only to come down and discover that it had stopped halfway through because Eddie's hard drive was full. There was a lot of dealings with transferring all the footage to an external hard drive.
Wound up returning the camera Thursday instead.
After that we had to decide which computer to edit the footage on. I've never taken the time to learn the ins and outs of iMovie, so I was planning to edit on the (very slow) HP desktop machine running Windows XP, with Sony Vegas Movie Studio editing software. [May I recommend SVMS, it is a very nice and easy-to-use piece of software. However if you EVER plan to switch to a Mac OS, don't buy it, because it is, as I found too late, a PC-only program.]
Well I thought I had things nailed. I installed SVMS on my dad's computer and lugged the whole setup upstairs. My dad's comp. is from 2002, Windows XP, and only has about 70 gigs of hd space, but it is still really fast because we don't go online with it EVER. Then the computer and I migrated upstairs to my bedroom, hitherto used for nothing except sleeping [or failing to sleep] because, well, let's just say it's not exactly climate-controlled. Fingers get NUMB in winter.....
The innocent tiny bedroom was turned easily enough into what my dad referred to as a hacker's lair. Come round the corner of the bed and you are confronted by a menacing array of sheer computing power.
Things were all fine and dandy until I actually tried to import some of the video footage into SVMS.
This did not go so well.
Hm. No go.
I've had this problem before, the audio comes in but NO VIDEO. Then I attempted the tried-and-true method of drag-and-drop the files into the program, instead of 'File/Import'. btw, this usually works, try it if you're having trouble opening files. This did not work EITHER. I was becoming rather ticked.
Next we tried to view some of the video clips using Quicktime for Windows. 'Need to install more Quicktime components to view this file'. Thinking that this would be fixed easily enough by downloading the newest version of Quicktime, I did so. NUUP. I had had warning that this might be the case and further research confirmed that Quicktime for Windows does NOT allow you to play hi-def. .mov files. Note that a .mov file IS a Quicktime file. A program doesn't play it's own format of files!
This caused displeasure on the part of the lordly ME. Remember all the hoopla a few weeks back with DivX media player and Gspot and all that? Well I took one of the files into Gspot to see if it could diagnose what codec was needed to play the file. NOTHING. File not recognized or somesuch. .mov is a fairly common file, ONE WOULD THINK.
All these files played FINE on my Mac.
There were various other options considered, but in the event it was my non-techie mom who suggested the solution. The studio has Macbook pro laptops running Adobe FinalCut pro [professional, top of the line editing software] available for loan. Friday I went in and got the laptop. Toted it up to the Lair and Then There Was a Scary Amount of Computing Power in the room.
Eddie [my own macbook], dad's desktop comp (for show), dad's speakers with (to quote him) Scary Bass, and the loaned 17" macbook. Also an external hard drive and a power strip bristling imposingly.
We are now on an even keel video-wise, have only to learn the ins and outs of FinalCut......'oh this is such a cool program! massive amounts of computing power! 17" screen laptop! professional-
Then two nights ago I was summoned forth from my lair by my mom, with the announcement that the computer was having a problem. The family PC, that is. Its antivirus (Norton 360) had expired, we knew it was going to happen but going to Atlanta kinda interfered with making arrangements.
This entailed a good bit of research, and we bought Trend Micro pro version, as suggested by various geeky friends. Installed that today with surprisingly little hassle.
Hmm, guess that about sums up the techie side of things.....I'm doing me online homework for math, logarithms great fun hehehe......anybody know how to solve an equation involving log squared? not log (x^2) but (log x) ^2
My book fails.....
Monday, April 19, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Competition runs 9-5 most days. Our team is 997. Not sure which devision we will be playing in, there are 4. Will try to post more details! :)
Hehe: posting from school via email......here is the transcript of a conversation between my dad and myself on Saturday. We had found that there was Not, as originally thought, a farmers' market downtown, and had stopped in at Rice N Spice, the local Asian grocery, to drown our sorrows by buying Nutella and crackers. Not the same as the infamous Thousand-layer Crackers of Doom. The asafetida mentioned is a foreign spice that has been terrorizing our household for the past week. It is foul, it smells exactly like rotten eggs.....or the unpleasant part of onions...hehe. Me dad got into the car and sneakily turned on his Tascam DR 87 audio recorder.....Anyways, I present to you......
Me: Let's see, I was talking about....I was making a Thousand-Layer Cracker joke.
Dad: That's a category of joke! It's called Thousand-layer Cracker Jokes. It applies to foods, in fact that's the title of a blog; it's a food blog.
Me: *laughter* Hoo boy....oh that's it, i was going to ask you about the asafetida: Where is it hiding? Where is it lurking?
Dad: I have it in inside of a bag inside of another bag inside of another bag--
Me: --yes and you can still smell it, where is it?
Dad: -inside..but if you put it in a yogurt container with the lid on it, THEN you don't smell it anymore.
Me: Hah, but where is this actual little, this little, um,
Dad: Right now it's
Me: --this little ENTITY--
Dad: it's upstairs in my bedroom with a [mumble] in it
Me: HAAAH! With a what in it?
Dad: With a cracker in it
[we had bought an unrelated carton of Asian crackers in Rice N Spice the Asian grocery.....]
Dad: Oh, look at these nice packages!
Me: That is seriously the funniest thing....
Dad: Now a green one or a red one?
Me: (to myself) with a cracker in it.... [I keep thinking about the yogurt container with cracker and asafetida whilst dad opens package of crackers]
Dad: What is it?
Me: With a cracker in it! That was just ...very funny
[a pause, while I laugh and dad eats cracker]
Me: Was it just last week that we made Thousand-layer Cracker jokes? I think it was two weeks ago wasn't it....what was I doing last week?
Dad: I was trying to get the lawn mower, right?
Me: well it was trying to get the lawn mower....LAST week..HMM...last week was the week before Easter..or day before Easter...um it was right after we went up to P______, I remember that, cause I was making jokes about P-town also...
Dad: About what-town?
Me: And then of course C_____ is C-town....
Dad: [to himself] THERE's the keys....
Me: [as he eats another cracker] Eat another cracker....
Dad: I'd just better put this back in the back [putting bag of crackers in the back seat out of harm's way, sounds of Bethany snickering] I think what would be the PERFECT mix is one of the....two of these--
Me: You've got your Tascam recording this whole thing!
Dad: Two of these [new crackers] to one--[door slam] to one of the Thousands. That would just perfectly cancel out the...burnt fish taste.
Me: [laughter] I thought you said it was burnt axel grease....
Dad: Actually it's not the fish that's burnt, that's right, it's more the plastic part that got burned, not the fish, it's the plastic the fish was served on [me: HAAA] was too sizzling hot
Me: Oh, where are we going now?
[pause] Home? I think we are...or the Co-op?
Dad: [mouth full of cracker] You think there's one out there at the Fairgrounds? [we'd been trying to find the farmers' market]
Dad: There should be, shouldn't there....
Me: [depressed] I dunno....
Dad: Would they go off for two weeks at a time?
Me: Oh, what if it's not down by the waterfront but instead by the skate park, where they have the Wednesday market? That would seem rather unusual....[Tascam is turned off]
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Date: Sunday April 11 2010
Starting time: 16:20
Mood: patchwork moods lately. Ravening predator, gloom, insane hilarity, regret, I got it all.
Outside my window: cherry blossoms and grey sky
I'm thinking: time is running out o.O
I'm reading: meh
I'm listening to: Bob Dylan, Not Dark Yet
I'm wearing: green shirt with Scottish thistle :D and plaid wool skirt
Yesterday, I: had a headesk sorta day
I'm excited for: Atlanta
I'm sad because: I want to change the past, but to do that I'd have to go back about 7 years, and then I wouldn't WANT to do anything differently.
I'm hungry for: I just ate.....
The song stuck inside my head is: The Weasel Chase (thanks a LOT, Einar! >.< )
I want: a plane ticket to North Carolina :P
I love: adrenaline, it makes my life just a *little* bit interesting.....
I loathe: um?
This week, my goal is: to NOT DIE
Now that THAT is out of the way! I leave for Atlanta GA this Wednesday: I have to leave the house by 2 AM o.< Flight to Atlanta, we get in late afternoon local time. We come back next Sunday, but won't get home til very early Monday morning. Good times.
I've been frantically preparing for the trip. Not to mention a lot of miscellaneous robotics stuff. On Wednesday I prepared a promotional video for the next day's presentation to recruit new robotics students. Was up til 1 AM doing that, and doing math homework. Epicness. Such is the life of a robotics junkie. Facebook status: Late nights, working frantically to perfect something that should have been finished yesterday......this is FIRST~~~ Adrenaline as things are going RIGHT for once....this is FIRST~~~ Putting sleep and the rest of life on hold...this is FIRST~~~ Getting it done.....THIS IS FIRST!!
The robotics advert went well. I also got the camera....likewise ordered and received the infamous Bag of Holding, and it is amazing, it expands to fit seriously ANYTHING.
There have been occasional moments of insanity when I contemplated moves that would quite possibly lead to me taking over the world.
Plus the occasional moments when I turn into a ravening Beast of Prey. Good times.
I'll likely post something whilst in the Great City of Atlanta (ergh).....but til then, cheers all! :)