So this week has been an interesting experience in video-editing-gone-wrong.
I love working on videos but get little opportunity to do so. I have been a faithful user of Final Cut Express, but I must say that this current project was the first time I considered defecting.
- My Macbook Pro (Computer A) has Final Cut 4, and Saturday I start 1 pm editing a video.
- 8 pm: video crashes. I can’t open my file or any of the more recent backups.
- I recover a backup file from 2 hours ago.
- Work until 1:15 am when I feel like I am finally getting near the end.
- Computer crashes. I lose 4 hours of work.
- Dissolve into blubbering mess. Video cannot be done for Sunday. First time in 41 years I have missed a major project deadline.
So that was how things went this past weekend. Then… this week:
- Decision is made to push video off to this coming Sunday.
- Decide to work on video today.
- Do research and discover that FC4 has problems with Leopard operating system, which is what I am running on Computer A.
- Go to our iMac desktop computer (Computer B). Yes, we are a geek family and have multiple computers.
- Try to load FC4 on that computer instead of my own.
- Operating system (Tiger) is not recent enough.
- Download update for Tiger.
- Install FC4.
- Don’t have enough memory. Need 1GB. Have 512K.
- Program won’t work.
- Ask Megan if it’s ok to use her computer, PowerBook G4 (Computer C) to do video editing.
- She kindly says yes.
- Unfortunately, it is her main computer and she has to move her files off.
- Wait around while she moves files from Computer C to Computer B.
- Megan finishes and I take her computer.
- As soon as I touch her computer, it crashes. The mouse and trackpad won’t work.
- Megan jumps on Daniel’s computer (a PC) to look up why that is happening.
- Reboots her computer.
- Computer appears to work now.
- I install FC4 on Computer C.
- Try to start program.
- Get error box saying I need 1.25Mhz and this computer is only 1.00 MHz.
- Feel like crying.
- Realize that the old version of FC1 is installed on Computer C.
- Realize that I will need to rebuild my entire video file. At least it will go faster this time.
- Unfortunately, all photo, music and other files are on Computer A.
- Try to plug in Firewire cable to transfer files. Doesn’t work.
- Scramble through storage cabinet and find crossover cable.
- Plug in crossover cable.
- Realize file sharing is not turned on.
- Go into system prefs and turn on file sharing.
- Voila! Files are now able to be transferred from Computer A to Computer C.
- Transfer files over.
- Edit entire project in FC1 on Computer C. No more crashes! Yay!
So as of now, my upgrade to FC4 is worthless because
- Computer A: crashes when I try to manipulate .PSD sequences with keyframing or transitions (for that is the problem indeed)
- Computer B: doesn’t have enough RAM
- Computer C: doesn’t operate at a fast enough speed
Sometimes, when I wonder if all this trouble is worth it, I remember…when I was young, we couldn’t even edit videos at all. So I should be really thankful for this opportunity.
It’s a good thing to keep in mind when hassles like this make me feel like pulling my hair out!