So, I filmed my music video for this week yesterday. And the footage came out pretty good.
I went to load it up onto my PC. After I hooked the USB cord between my laptop and my camera, I started loading the film and placed the camera on the end of my futon. As I lied back to rest for a little bit, I heard a “thud.”
I look over… and my camera had fallen off my futon onto the floor, thus disconnecting the camera from the laptop!
No big deal, I thought. The camera wasn’t damaged, and, after hooking the camera back up to the laptop, it was still able to load the film up on my PC.
After it finished loading, though, a problem arose: the film wouldn’t play in Windows Media. It would play in Quicktime and Realtime, but in order for me to edit the film, I need it to play in Windows Media.
And it would. NOT. Play!
So, now I’m in the position where I have to buy a codec transfer program (for those of you that aren’t tech savvy, a codec is basically programming code that tells WMP it’s okay for the file to play on it) for $30 so I can transfer the film back into WMP mode, or not have a video this week. Furthermore, NONE of the other files I’ve filmed prior to this week’s video will play now, which means, should I need them in the future, I’ll have to transfer all those files, too.
Then, there’s the recording aspect. PCs aren’t really built to handle a whole lot of artsy-related projects (i.e. filming, recording music, etc.). They can do it, but not as efficiently as a MAC, which comes with software programmed into it to do those things.
I got an interface for my studio mic so that I can record vocals that don’t sound like they were said into a pod-cast radio mic (yay!). Unfortunately, because a studio mic uses something called “Phantom Power,” it takes up a bit more memory on my PC than my other mic did.
The result? For one, I can’t have any other programs open when I’m recording. This includes Fruity Loops, which I would normally open up to play the beat back while I record – if I do that now, everything slows up so much that the recording and the playback sound choppy. (Luckily, I found an old MP3 Player lying around that I can load my beats up to and listen to while I record.) Secondly, when I record, there will be times where I’ll record a verse, and then go back and listen to it, only to find that there was a split second here or there where the audio jumped and didn’t catch a word or two I said.
Because of this, it’s taking me longer to record all this stuff. It will still be coming out on Sunday, August 24th, and it will sound GREAT – but instead of putting together a song in, say, an hour, each song will probably take me a minimum of 2.5 to 3 hours to cut and paste together.
Oh, the things I will do to satisfy a dream.
By the way: the album is being sold for 5.99. The way I see it, if I sell at least 200 copies, I can go out and buy myself a MAC, and use it solely for music-related projects, thus allowing my PC to be used for internet-related things only.