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Adventures In Movie Making...

This week has been an exciting adventure in movie making. No, no, not the type of movie making where one goes on the big screen - just simple, boring (however you look at it) plain old movie making. This week, for the first time ever, I have had the opportunity to work with Apple's iMovie and iDVD with my MacBookPro.

Let me just say, given that it is my first time using these pieces of software technology, that it has been an experience in testing the limits of my patience. Not only did I need to find software to compress the items I wanted to include in the iMovie, but I also had to creatively navigate the spacial issues I was having in order to create this project. And, starting over is a bitch - because if you make a mistake and hit cancel too soon, that's 3 hours wasted, and you go back to the beginning. I've done that at least 3 separate times - on both pieces of software.

Had I realized how long that it would take me to import, edit and arrange the movie stuff, I might have gone a different route for the time table that I was working with - and had I the idea sooner, it would have definitely been started much, much sooner. However, given this is being made as a gift for a very special someone - time has been an issue and a factor - and so each excruciating momen that I've been working on this has been a source of frustration because as the clock ticks away, the less time I have to put things together.

As it stands, it won't be completely done how I want it, but what's finished will suffice for now, and perhaps do the thing I want it to do. Hopefully I can get it shipped out tonight, but I'm not holding my breath. I am hoping that if it goes out tomorrow, it'll arrive on time on Monday for that special person to open on his special day.

As for the content of said DVD? Well, now, that's a surprise - and I'll reveal it after I know it's arrived. I'm not about to ruin the gift for him.


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Oct. 30th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Just make sure you try to play the DVD before you send it, if you haven't. I've had some fun with iDVD turning out DVDs that were neither blank nor playable -- whee! (I'm not sure if it's iDVD or my DVD drive, but, anyway...)
Oct. 30th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Last night's adventure was hitting the "burn" button, and hoping to wake up to a nicely formatted DVD. Instead, I woke up to, after 3 hours of waiting the night before, and letting it go through the night, "I'm sorry - we found errors and could not complete this operation.".

I did the same thing this morning - leaving it to go while I'm at work, so we'll see if it works or not.


If not, I'll see if iMovie just can't burn to the DVD and go from there - or, see if VisualHub can't do reverse DVD making.
Oct. 30th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
I found my best chance was generally to restart my computer just before I tried burning the DVD, and make sure it was on a firm steady surface without being bumped or jostled while it was burning. Still for me it works about half the time.
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