Thursday, September 21, 2006
Convert/Render

I think I'm in the home stretch. I've got about 90% of the video done, and most of my big puzzles have found solutions. Now it's just about slotting in the last pieces and then tightening everything up. And then, of course, the exporting/authoring nightmare begins.

When I was in film school, one wisened old instructor advised us that if we always wanted to have a job in the industry, we'd learn everything we could about DVD authoring. It's such a phenomenal pain in the ass that anyone who can afford to would rather hire the job out than do it themselves. I suppose, if I could find a place where I could get some solid experience, I'd be willing to give it a try -- but from what meager experience of the process I do have, that road would only lead to rage and drunken weeping. I still don't know how I manage to get any of my own work out onto shiny silver discs -- most of the time I feel like I'm just pushing random buttons until a working DVD pops out. The weird thing is, I know how it works, more or less -- it's just that it never fucking works the way it's supposed to.

But I can get through anything: I learned how to edit on a linear tape-to-tape system. Nothing in life will ever be that frustrating again.

PS: Mike Patton = not god, apparently.
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