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Thanks, Mark. He was very easy to interview as I knew he would be from playing his games. He also had a lot of fun during the interview, though we were having webcam and skype issues. It's strange how random SKYPE seems to be when it comes to doing these; sometimes it is crystal clear, and other times it's really blurry and choppy. Doesn't seem to be any pattern to it that I can recognize.
I have an interview planned for tomorrow; hopefully that will work out. I do think I need to take a break from doing these shows, though. The stress from this last episode pushed me nearly to the breaking point, with crash after crash and uploading errors and pretty much everything Murphy could throw at me. The fact that the Space Quest footage is not showing up (it showed up fine in the preview) is just the last straw. I've put a lot of effort into learning Vegas, but the program just hasn't been there for me. I spend more time dealing with random crashes than I do filming and editing. That's just ridiculous. Sadly, Vegas is supposed to be the most stable one out there. IF that's true, I'm amazed that anyone is doing DIY video.
I think the problem may be that I'm working with HD (720). I bet a lot of these issues would go away if I was just doing SD. I've been thinking lately that it might be a good idea. I doubt most people would even notice the difference (my guess is most of them don't bother with the hD versions anyway), and it'd sure as hell speed up the rendering. It takes me 45-50 minutes to render a 10 minute video at the lowest 720 setting, and that's assuming the damn thing doesn't crash at 95% and make me have to start the whole process over. And yes that has happened to me many, many times.
The most depressing thing for me, though, is that I literally spent two days working on the special intro, gathering up so much footage and working out so many techniques to do it. I had the vision in my head, but it took me forever to figure out how to make it happen on the screen. I was very proud of it, but it turned out to be a fiasco. All that work, and the first 6-7 comments amounted to "Epic fail--the intro is 2 minutes long!!" and so on. One guy pretty much called me an incompetent. Here I was, thinking people were going to be blown away, and instead they hated it. It's hard for me to accept that all that work was not only wasted, but actually degraded the show (at least in some people's minds). It's really got me to thinking that I'm putting way, way too much work into these things...That's time I could spend working on a book, the movie, etc. I don't even know why I'm bothering with all this. One guy commented that my channel is "criminally undersubscribed." I don't know what that means, really, but it is obvious that I'm still not getting anywhere near the reactions I get from articles I do than the videos. I could easily write articles like the CRPG history and such in about the same time it takes me to do one of these videos (and get paid for the effort!). Perhaps I need to rethink a few things!
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