Technical Difficulties

By: Sara Cleveland

Today was supposed to be a book review post with an accompanying video on YouTube. However, due to some unforeseen technical difficulties in both the recording and editing processes, I was unable to get the editing completed to post today.

At first, I thought the audio wasn’t going to be salvageable, but through some tweaking in Lightworks I got it sounding okay. I was at the point of working on transitions and adding image overlays when it happened. Lightworks crashed. I thought “no biggie, does that all the time.” So I reopened it and double-clicked my project. Crashed again. I tried a few more times because I’m stubborn like that, but it just kept crashing. I can open other saved projects just fine, so it’s something about this project specifically that it doesn’t like, which means I’ve probably lost 6+ hours of editing work. Needless to say, I’m a bit deflated by this development.

The good news is, I haven’t lost the footage. I still have all the clips, I just don’t have a good way to assemble them into a meaningful video. My Mac Mini is too old to run iMovie (which doesn’t have great reviews anyway). I tried copying the files to my iPad and using iMovie there, but the sound isn’t working and, quite frankly, I don’t want to be doing video editing on my iPad; that just doesn’t seem like a good time to me.

It may be that I’ll end up running the Windows version of Lightworks on Matt’s gaming laptop. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to import my existing project file and pick up where I left off.

I thought about posting the blog post for the review anyway, but I decided to hold off. I usually end up making changes to the blog post after filming because I never stay on script. After playing back all of the footage from Sunday afternoon, I can say definitively that this is still true.

The worst-case scenario here is that I post the blog version of the review sometime this week and the video gets put up whenever I can get the editing completed. The worst-worst-case scenario is I don’t get a video review up until March. I’m going to do my level best not to get into that situation. Thank you for your patience.