JOURNAL: Kai Stromler (Kai Stromler)

  • we must be the shield and not the sword 2015-02-11 13:16:15
    SH124:
    - Source rip: complete
    - Music: complete
    - Precleaning: complete
    - Storyboard/planning: as done as it's getting
    - Clipping: complete/[4/11]
    - Edit: 0:35/3:29
    - Postproc: none

    After getting back into the office, I'm much more sanguine about sitting on my couch cutting video; a full day sitting on the couch poking customers and running test profiles tends to discourage doing more on your own time. I should be able to get in another episode or two tonight, even with the other shit I have to do, and if we end up roflblizzarded over the weekend, I may just be stir-crazy enough at the end of it to finish the recut. Fortunately, this is the last recut I'm going to ever do: it is driving me absolutely spare to have to guess what I've taken already, and what needs backfilled. Do it right the first time, as is coming on the projects after this one, and this is not a problem any more.

    Stuff That Is Holding Up Progress:
    I cut less than I expected this weekend half because of cabin fever and half because I was watching Toshokan Sensou, which basically shakes out as Production IG trying to do more Patlabor in a world where media culture has surpassed heavy industry as Japan's defining export. There's no lack of Kawai-Kenji-flavored musings on the issues raised, but the characters are neither as appealing nor as well-developed, and the whole work exists in a creative tension between seriously examining censorship and free speech, and the ridiculousness of arguing about content by means of automatic weapons in notoriously gun-free Japan. As inappropriately-armed-cops shows go, it is not on the Patlabor or Jin-Roh level, but much better than noted recent garbage fire Rail Wars, and several orders of magnitude better than any library-type show going back to at least Bungaku Shoujo, but I'm not sure that it's worth a look for anyone besides Patlabor fans irrationally sore about a lack of additional sequels. This is not going into a video of its own anytime soon, hence the notes here.

    --Kai out

     
  • the devil is that dream 2015-02-06 11:35:26
    SH124:
    - Source rip: complete*
    - Music: complete
    - Precleaning: complete
    - Storyboard/planning: as done as it's getting
    - Clipping: complete/[2/11]
    - Edit: 0:35/3:29
    - Postproc: none

    Having figured out what I was screwing up, I got back rolling on the recut yesterday night; in addition to making the current project a lot more possible, this change probably flags up nearly everything on the idea board that was waiting on a go/no go decision into the 'go' state. Scheduling is another thing entirely; there are two more tuneup videos on the slate after this one, but a maximum of one of them is going to get made if I want to have any chance at finishing the main project before I start picking up travel commitments again in June. Either or both may get dropped: there's a lot of conceptual overlap, and little really teachable beyond "keep the pedal through the floor", which is more about focus than anything technical. We'll see; for the moment, I have to get through the rest of this cut and then start organizing the resulting pieces. Snow on the weekend will help, but after a layoff this long, I can't realistically look at anything closer than the end of the month.

    --Kai out

     
  • we must come to terms 2015-01-07 17:25:07
    SH124:
    - Source rip: complete*
    - Music: complete
    - Precleaning: complete
    - Storyboard/planning: as done as it's getting
    - Clipping: complete*
    - Edit: 0:35/3:29
    - Postproc: none

    The cut quotes on this will probably go backwards by the end of the week, because one of the reasons why it's been stuck for nearly six months is that I burned up an inadequate source pile like a match in a nest of straw, and didn't think about how to resolve *why* that source pool was so small and bad until comparatively recently. The others include "had to learn a new language and go to a different continent" and "seriously injured by bad shoe repair and stupid decisions", but with both of those behind me and the foot damage putting some more latency between "now" and "time to start marathon training", they're not going to interfere with a recut. Doing a rerip and a recut is still going to suck, but I'd rather do it and get this video ground out than try to flail on with the depleted pool I have left or do any more damage to the song. I'm not getting any younger or less busy, and there's additionally two SH125 contenders lined up (one of which, yes, is going to be flat impossible without the change that's likely going to drive the quotes backwards), in addition to more stuff that keeps going into the pool that this is a tuneup for.

    It's not going to go backwards tomorrow, though. Dark Tranquillity aren't playing all that late, but still it is 0% likely that I'm going to be able to do any work at all when I get home.

    --Kai out

     
  • than making other people die 2014-08-11 08:56:06
    SH124:
    - Source rip: complete
    - Music: complete
    - Precleaning: complete
    - Storyboard/planning: as done as it's getting
    - Clipping: complete
    - Edit: 0:35/3:29
    - Postproc: none

    There are a bunch of factors contributing to edit going slowly, from the heat to the start of the fitba season to spending most of Saturday thrashing out at Summer Slaughter, but the most major is that this is fucking hard. It's hard and slow to edit this, and taking long breaks makes it harder, as I need to reload the source into memory every time I sit down in order to have a fighting chance at making good decisions and not wasting time. The upside is that the video is looking pretty damn good -- the downside is that it's going to take like another week to look *finished*, and that's not adjusting for King Parrot/Beyond Creation on Thursday night. This was an easy cut, but the time commitment has to come back in at some point, and while I hate doing edit less than clipping/precleaning, this video is trying real hard to turn that back around.

    --Kai out

     
  • no christ no cross no pain no loss 2014-08-06 08:40:29
    SH124:
    - Source rip: complete
    - Music: complete
    - Precleaning: complete
    - Storyboard/planning: as done as it's getting
    - Clipping: complete
    - Edit: 0:10/3:29
    - Postproc: none

    Eventually, after a lot of equivocation, I managed to tear myself away from Chihaya Furu long enough to finish up the planning part and actually get some source on the timeline. Just because this video is going to be hard is not a reason for not attacking it; if I continue to go about 20 minutes per ten seconds, it will take on the order of another five hours to finish, but another way of thinking about that is that in as little as another five hours, I could be going to post on this. This also is good; I have barely enough source to meet my 100% overage requirements, so close cutting is the best tool I have available to make sure that every frame I put in the timeline is maximally effective. If I have to drop negative space over a cut later in order to do what I want in terms of synch, the frames under that are lost and can't be reused, but if I just cut around the negative space initially, they're still in the pool. This is going to be a weird, random, and counterintuitive video regardless of what I do, but close cutting will hopefully give it enough of a sense of purpose to hang together -- and extreme parsimony in the first part of the video will ensure that I have unused source still left to cut the solo the way I need to. Seriously, that shit is horrifying; if I can get *that* ten seconds done in 20 minutes, it will be by nothing short of divine intervention.

    --Kai out

     
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