Wednesday, August 23, 2006

106 Days 11 Hours and 1 Minute

Ok so who's counting?

Things are still coming together nicely, apart from the fitness which has taken a massive hit over the past week due to the Shenannigan's 10th Birthday Celebrations.

I've been making a couple of purchases on Ebay to bring the film making up to speed.
  1. Hard case for the XL1S, keeps it away from knocks and bumps. It holds the camera, two lenses, rain jacket, shoulder pad, 11 tapes (one cleaning) 3 filters, headphones, spare batteries, charger, and IEEE DV cable. There's room at the bottom for my handy cam as well, but that's about to head off to the shop for repairs.
  2. Dual Output Video Card for the computer, speeds up the rendering process and gives better performance using After Effects. 256Mb AGP 8X Nvidia card, HDTV, VGA, DVI
  3. 19" Wide Screen LCD monitor. Well there's no point in having a video card with two outputs and only one monitor. Gives me a bigger screen area to set out Adobe Premiere for editing and leaves the old CRT monitor to see the final product in play backs.
  4. Panasonic Minidisc Recorder. This little device can plug directly into a mixing desk and get the raw sound from gigs leaving out the crowd noise. Good to mix through with the camera audio to cover any noise spikes or unwanted voice overs.
So that's my Ebay days over. I've got what I need, no need to buy anything else (hmmmm, for now)

While I'm waiting for that to arrive I've been continuing with my editing. I've managed to finish up the 28 Days Footage and need to send that off soon.

I was lucky enough to be allowed to film The Beautiful Girls gig (thanks heaps guys) as part of their Laying Tracks Tour. Luke Vasella's performance has been sent and I'm in the process of finishing up Saritah's gig. I'm still playing around with putting the whole night onto one DVD with sweet menu's, but there's 4 hours of footage and I don't want to leave any of it out. The Beautiful Girls footage is done, but again I want to smooth it out before I send it off.


Skye said...

It sounds as if you're doing something that you're really passionate about. Good for you! Can't wait to hear all about it.

Birdman said...

Thanks for the post Skye, but do you ever find that you are passionate about too many things?

Sometimes it seems there just isn't enough hours in the day, and worse of all days in the week.

Skye said...

I don't have that problem, so you're on your

Actually, there's a Christian saying (don't tune me out that says "no man can serve two masters."

To me, that is appropo here. How can you do any of your passions really well or give it the devotion it deserves if you spread yourself too thin? Of course, you could be satisfied with just being mediocre in a lot of different things. The choice is yours.

Birdman said...

I'm split into
Editing (both similar)

Now if I could travel the world while filming, surfing, producing movies and writing music I'd be fine.

In fact, I think I'm going to do that next year........... in May.

Skye said...

You should add travel-writing to that list. Just from what I've read here and in your comments on my site, I can tell that you'd hold my interest if you wrote a book. Check out Travelers' Tales. I've read a couple of the books from their collection. Click on "Submit a Story" and get your feet wet by sending them giving them a short story from one of your adventures. Who knows, you may even get paid for it :)