Pleasing the Home Crowd

I finished the final vignette for the Mayor’s Arts & Business Awards at 3am on Monday morning.  Woke up six hours later to finish the title cards – the screen shots that go between the vignettes, displaying the name, category, and sponsorship logos for each section of the awards show.  There were 49 title cards in all, and I was far, far too foggy to concentrate on those sorts of details for more than a few minutes at a time.  But I did anyway.

It only took me a couple hours to finish the cards, and then another hour to create the final self contained video with all the vignettes and title cards in place.  The whole rest of the day was spent watching progress bars.

There was a progress bar telling me how long it would take to compress the video (4 hours).  There was a progress bar telling me how long it would take to upload to my server (3 hours).  There were internet and wifi connection hiccups that caused me to have to monitor the situation closely.  And then when it was all said and done, I had to help my client find a solution for how to download the video.

It seems Apple went and made some changes to Safari that made, what was once a simple, ‘right click to download’, into something impossible.  We were on the phone for an hour before we eventually downloaded an FTP application that would allow her to cut and paste the URL directly into a window, that would begin the download of the MABA video immediately.  Now we know for next time.

The highlight of my day was going for a walk while the video was compressing.  It was a warm sunny day, and I’d been housebound most of the weekend.  Found a pub in the Junction called, ‘Axis’.  I sat on the patio and read my book for Boardwalk Empire.

Back home in Regina, I heard it was -20 C.  Judging from the Facebook posts, it seems people are about ready to go postal on Mother Nature.

[several hours pass]

I received a couple of texts and one email from people who were at the event, congratulating me on a job well done.  It’s very gratifying to be pleasing the home crowd with my work.

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