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Not caught up

The year 2018 was a rough year creatively speaking. The “Catching Up” post was found this morning as a draft so I posted it. It was from the month of May and I feel as though I let myself down because I had high hopes of blogging at least weekly in 2018, yet hubby Bill spent the entire summer recovering from one health issue after another, and doctors still don’t know what the issue is and can not treat him yet.

It appears I took on another hobby; at least for the next year or so. In the springtime, I was blessed to have a pound puppy choose me to be his momma. Rowdy and I are bonding while learning each others’ boundaries (He thinks he’s the pack leader and I’m learning to speak dog to show him he’s not), and it’s been a fun distraction from the worries and stress of my spouse being ill. He brightens our days and nights and our senior dog Luna has a playmate once again and they have grown to be pals.

Luna’s smile

Catching Up

THIS POST FOUND IN DRAFTS-forgot to post…I’ve really missed blogging. I was sick with the blahs almost three weeks and after a long cold spring, I was anxious for spring to break, yet when it did I just sat inside and looked out the windows while spring sprung. It was miserable!!!

In between sneezes and headaches, it was time to prepare the garden, so Bill, with the help of his sons, tilled and Cain and I started some planted some Zinnia seeds for starters. There was planting the garden, weeding, Mother’s Day, weeding, then two days at The Heart Hospital when Bill unexpectedly needed a stint put in. Between Granma days, more weeding, a pre-school graduation, and now tending to the garden each morning. Thanks to my iPhone, I’m able to continue shooting even when life moves a bit fast, so now for a visual accounting of the month of May.

What to do?

I’ve been down with a cold for a few days and watched a lot of video content. Netflix, YouTube, cable television, movies on disc. When you’re passionate about creating your own video content, what is there left to create? So much of what I’ve seen is visually stunning. What seems to be missing is an interesting storyline; one that holds together to the end. These question constantly come to mind but answers never do:

-How to create something of your own while keeping it fresh and interesting?
-Does one create for others’ enjoyment? Or their own?
-Does it really matter if others enjoy what you create?

Since my passion goes to the technical side of a project, so far I am only creating for the sake of creating and would be grateful for feedback from storytellers. In the midst of a valley of endless entertainment, where do you find your inspiration and ideas?


Cameras are ready for an interview for the current project. Two Canon Vixia camcorders, two lights with light stands, two tripods.

EQUIPMENT: Canon Vixia camcorders-HF M50 and M500. The M50 has a 8GB hard drive, the M500 uses SD cards only, no internal storage.

LED video lights-Vidpro Varicolor 144, Vidpro K120.

Zoom H2N recorder for two system sound, and a Rode SVM microphone on the camera accessory shoe ( Pearstone CSA-II Shoe Adapter) for better quality sound.

WHAT I LEARNED: I need a lavalier mic to reduce room echo. Just when I thought I was ready for this 😦

The two lights were nice to have. When I have the time, I’ll upload the video I shot and add it to the post. (Don’t hold your breath. I need to finish several things before I have time for that). Sorry.Image

DVD Burning

My attempt at DVD burning with Premiere Pro v6 was several days of failed DVD’s. 12 of them to be exact. The DVD burned alright but the resolution was so bad the faces were blurs and the text had jaggies from pixel edges. I worked on this for a total of about 4 days. While on the Adobe site looking for my issue, the chat screen appeared and the REAL troubleshooting began.

Adobe online chat took over 2.5 hours before we had a good DVD burn result.  I’m so happy I thought to set up my Canon Vixia camcorder and video the chat. The Adobe helper took control of my computer, and we communicated using Notepad from my computer. When I had a question, I had to type it and wait for him to notice since me (My taking control of the mouse lead to confusion). For me it wasn’t the best way to remember how to repeat if, but if I didn’t record his moves, I would just be chatting again the next day when my first attempt failed again.

To repeat the success on my own I opened the chat recording, found the successful burn procedure, copied the video to the clipboard…closed Premiere Pro, reopened it>navigated to the show I needed to burn>opened it. After it loaded completely I went to…edit>new>sequence, then pasted the clipboard contents which put my burn procedure on the new sequence. Then I followed the procedure, making notes as I followed. SUCCESS! Now I have a procedure written down, and partially committed to memory.

Premiere Pro 6 DVD burn
Premiere Pro 6 DVD burn