If you’re wondering why here hasn’t been anything on this site for almost 24 hours, here’s why.
I set up my new in-car camera rig yesterday and took the young fella out to shoot some video. A test run, really. We did some 50-150 runs and tried a few different camera positions.
I came home all excited at the prospect of editing it (on the new iMac) and with gusto I got out the camera’s USB cable, connected it up – and was met with an enthusiasm-sapping silence.
I borrowed the DV camera, a Sony, from my sister. I don’t own one myself (yet). I turns out that by pure dumb luck my sister and her husband managed to purchase one of the very few Sony Mini DV Handycams that doesn’t work with a Mac! (It took me an hour or so of Googling to find this out).
So, back to PC.
I get out my laptop and hook it up only to find that I don’t have the required driver. I find the driver, download it and can finally start playing with my video.
Hats off to microsoft for making a very simple-to-use Movie Maker program. It really was quite simple to edit and do the transitions I wanted, add some music and control the other sounds I needed to.
Unfortunately, Movie Maker also delivered about 70% picture quality and turned my 16:9 aspect ratio into 4:3.
For a preview of the difference this made, click here (warning: Mac Kool Aid alert) and watch the video “Better Results”
Anyhow, I went to bed at 1am after the Google Video upload went sour. I’ll try again from the office computer, which has a bucketload more bandwidth and speed.
And more regular entries, including one Saab guys thoughts on the 9-1, will be forthcoming very soon.