EGC Clambake For April 13, 2006

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Hurry up offense, I get right to it by playing a Jonathan Coulton song; I discuss Videoblogging Week 2006 and my Converge South video; I talk about seeing David Sedaris in Charleson; I profess my love for the Penn Jillette radio show; I talk about the Chris Bliss and Jason Garfield thing and point out that being a bigger technical feat don’t automatically make it more fun; I play a song by Danny Schmidt; I read a quote by Emma Bull; I talk about doing it for love and making money; I play a clip of myself getting interviewed by Ted Riecken; I do a little mike test to demonstrate cardiod vs. omnidirectional; I play a song by Diana Obscura and Damon Young; adios.

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Converge South Video

My entry for Videoblogging Week 2006 has been posted – theoretically. I uploaded it to OurMedia around 5 PM, but 6 hours later it says it has received it but it isn’t accessible. That should change soon (I hope). [Update – OK, it is now Friday and it has finally shown up. Wow.]

This is my video from Converge South 2005. It’s got everything – Dave Winer eating grits, Jimbo Wales getting bbq under a tent in the rain, Amanda Congdon at a wing place, Jay Rosen being Jay Rosen, shots of Greensboro and NC A&T, music and dancing and what have you. I like how it worked with the music, both songs are from the headliners of the music events I saw each evening.

I could have posted it yesterday, but my brother suggested that my original edit, which never used the ambient sound from the camera, didn’t adequatly communicate the vitality of the event. I brought in some of that sound, tried to improve the titles and generally tweaked the edit this morning. Now you get to hear David Hoggard chopping pork butts and fun stuff like that. Here’s a little bit of triva about the sound the party scenes. The chopping noise lines up with the video, that really was happening at the time. However, all the conversation was from a different scene that was too blurry to use but had better audio. I extracted that audio and overlayed it, all the sounds at once. I thought it might make the crowd noise too much, but it worked out perfectly. Even though video editing is a pain in the ass, it’s really fun when it comes together.

Thanks to the Murray Street Band and Alana Davis for their permission to use their music. They each rocked my little house, and I bought CDs from both.

And with that, and 25 minutes to spare, I have just barely managed to participate in Videoblogging Week 2006.

Editing Video is Hard

First pass of editing my Converge South video is done. I took the 43 minutes of all footage (how did I shoot that much?) and edited out the obviously unusable, leaving 17 minutes of potentially usable. Now comes the really hard part. How many seconds of chopping barbecue is enough vs too much? This stuff is hard! The worst part will be the titles. I think the iMovie titling stuff is absolute crap, but you play the hand you are dealt and I ain’t springing for Final Cut just for this.

I have a cup of coffee and I’m diving in. I’m not sure if I’m going to meet my self-imposed deadline of publishing this at noon, but I’m going to try. Wish me luck.