April 22, 2003

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Spent something like seven hours in the editing room at Columbia yesterday, trying to get a very rough version of "Contes de Fees" together in iMovie. It occurred to me once I started that I had, in my plans, completely neglected the fact that it's an accepted cinematic convention to have the sound at a given moment come from a synchronized visual part one is about to see or has just seen, rather than necessarily what's on the screen at that moment. Then it occurred to me that I actually have no idea how to edit a movie/video, and that what I had done was the effective equivalent of booking a world tour for my band, heading off to the airport with all my gear, and then suddenly remembering I'd forgotten to learn how to play guitar.

Cooked a bit more Passover-friendly food this weekend--a sort of matzoh farfel/vegetable kugel thingie, and sauteed cucumber (which sounded like it might've been great or might've been dodgy, and I'm still making up my mind). Lisa came home from Kansas City today, and we devoured most of what was left.

Posted by Douglas at April 22, 2003 1:34 AM
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"booking a world tour for my band, heading off to the airport with all my gear, and then suddenly remembering I'd forgotten to learn how to play guitar"

...hey, it worked for me!

Posted by: John Darnielle on April 22, 2003 5:28 PM

FinalCut Pro is definitely better than iMovie, as far as being able to work with video and audio tracks independently of each other...Columbia should hook you up!

It's also fairly intuitive to use, though not necessarily as simple as the drag and drop of iMovie...

Posted by: aileen on April 23, 2003 5:11 PM

Adobe Premiere is the best thing I've used for video editing. It requires a pretty beefy computer but I don't know of anything as flexible.
The great thing is you can zoom in on the audio waveform and make really precise edits.

Of course going on world tour doesn't sound like an entirely bad thing.

Posted by: Joe Szilvagyi on April 24, 2003 12:02 AM
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