Monday, November 23, 2009

IPPS Video Presentation with narration

Well I finally got around to narrating my video presentation that I gave to the IPPS Southern Region In Biloxi this year.  It is not the best as I cannot find my mic for the life of me, funny how things "disappear" around the office, hmmmmm?  Also I only did one take, probably could have used 2-3, haha!  Anyway I digress, the video is in 3 parts because YouTube will only allow 10 minutes of video, boo hoo!  This will give a great in-depth look to what we do here and it goes into a little of what we have had to do as of late do to the bad economy.  WARNING:  There is some harm done to plants in part 3, don't cry, it was painless and they are in a better place called mulch :)

The presentation went well considering all of the potential technically difficulties that could have transpired!  I nearly had a stress meltdown before leaving town as it seemed nothing I did would make the video presentation I did to be easier, work in the first place!  Well it worked, it was just blurry and I was imagining a giant theater sized screen for some reason and it turned out to be a small pop up screen.  I thought I figured it out but saving the raw data version then popped in a DVD to burned and realized it was way to big to burn on a DVD even!  The version that I exported to iDVD looked blurry when I played it on my computer, a Mac so I was sure the hotel would have an inferior PC, making it look that much worse!  Oh what to do!  Here is what I did, come in to play my personal MacBook and the Apple store at the mall.  I have a Mac at home, of course, but it is a little older and only has a 10 GB harddrive, not enough for this powerhouse movie!  I went to the Mac store and picked up an external harddrive, that connect via a Firewire, yes faster file transfer!  Went to work the next day got everything transferred and Voila, it worked!  The Firewire allowed me to play the movie from the external harddrive smoothly.  Oh but wait, there is more!  I suddenly realized the connection on my baby Mac was not the giant honky-sized connection that most projectors have, oh dear, I though I had everything figured out.  Google to the rescue!  I figured out the Apple store sells adapters, yes back there the night before our departure as I am darn sure there are no Apple Stores in Biloxi, MS!  After all of this stress everything worked, I did bring backups just in case as well as my DVD Player, as it seemed the burned version from iDVD looked way better played on a DVD than the computer.  Through my Googling very scientific research I found out the movie quality depends on the player installed on the computer, problem is I never found a very good one to handle my Mastapiece!  All in all a stressful experience, but these are usually the ones where we learn the most, ahh yes I know just a hair more about video production than I did before, look out Hollywood!

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