Nutcracker Part 3: First Cut Done & Labeling Issues, D’oh!
I had a different title, but in reviewing my last post on this subject, I see I had already chosen this one, so there you go.
Now Where Were We?
It’s been awhile, longer than I thought it would be, and this project, which began with such promise of quick turnaround, is not yet over. When last I spoke of this, I had bought a new hard drive allowing new troubles to surface.
So now, four weeks later, let’s see where we are, shall we?
Lightscribe, Why Have You Foresaken Me?
Oh, right, because HP, whose technology it is, stopped supporting it in late 2013.
What is Lightscribe?
Lightscribe is a technology used to label CDs & DVDs. It uses the laser in the CD/DVD burner to burn away a layer on special Lightscribe discs, leaving your label. Around four years ago when I was moving away from paper sticky labels I had to decide which technology to go to. The affordable choices were printers that had disc labeling ability or Lightscribe, and after research and internal debating, I chose Lightscribe.
While the technology was always a little wonky, it generally worked well, if slowly (10-20 minutes per disc). However, as mentioned above, the decline of physical media, and Hewlett-Packard, led to the company dropping support for Lightscribe over a year ago, and no one else has taken up the banner. So now I have two (don’t ask) Lightscribe DVD burners which can still burn discs fine, but the labeling is a challenge.
Labeling Success … Eventually
After hours and days of work and many failed attempts, I finally have one burner mostly working on one of my Macs (yes, it’s true, Mac users accumulate rather than replace computers). In this case, accumulating computers is a good thing, as the labeling is working on my nearly ten year old iMac. I now have almost all the DVDs labeled and have figured out how to get things working again when the labeling stops (knock wood, don’t know why I even tempt fate like that). So that part of the saga seems to be done, and we can get back to the fun stuff.
Video Editing is the Fun Stuff?
Well if I didn’t think so, I wouldn’t be doing it.
As the title of this post implies, I actually had an initial cut of one of the two Nutcracker shows done within two weeks of the performance, which is pretty good if I do say so myself. I was excited, felt like I had finally gotten this down to a science, and had ambitions, realistic I thought, of having the whole thing done within a month of the shows (which would have been mid-January). That’s what I get for optimism.
This is about the time the labeling problem reared it’s ugly head and required my full attention for several days. By the time I was able to get back to editing, we had made it to winter vacation.
The Work From Home Problem
As a stay at home/work from home parent, I view school vacations with a fear and abhorrence otherwise reserved for dealing with the TSA. The school vacation issue was quite a revelation to me when I became a stay at home parent nine(ish) years ago. When my son is off school, my productivity flatlines.
Partly this is my problem, but partly it’s situational. He’s old enough now that he doesn’t need my constant attention, but for much of the work I do I need to be able to give it my undivided attention for hours at a time, which I know I can’t do if he’s at home or next door and might interrupt at any time. DVD labeling & burning are no problem, but video editing or website work are out of the question. So after his last day of school on December 19th, I knew I was in trouble for a few weeks.
You have no idea how I was anticipating January 6th … well maybe if you’re a parent, especially a stay at home parent, you do. But January 6th arrive along with our first snow storm so … snow day. January 8th arrived with bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills so … another day off. And did I mention my wife left to lead a study abroad program in Costa Rica on December 31st? I didn’t? Well she did.
BTW, next time you hear someone criticize single parents, ask them if they’ve ever done it, and if they haven’t, tell them to shut up for me. Whenever my wife is out of town I both appreciate what she does to help keep things running at home and wonder how full-time single parents do it, especially the ones who work full time and have more than one child. It’s mind boggling.
All of which is to say, the last four weeks have not been my most productive. However, I do have cuts of both shows done, a DVD off for review (more issues) and have begun work on the fun behind the scenes features I always put in as well (yes, it’s a real DVD with those fun extras and everything). So if I can get final cuts approved I can finish up all the necessary video and get things burned and be done in a week or two.
This time I mean it.