Thursday, May 3, 2012

Down, But Not Out

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Can't Kill Me That Easy

i weathered the main storm but it looks like they are still out to capsize the boat. Most of my time now is spent in job searching mode. And that takes a lot of time and effort. So much so that I'm usually too tired to vid.

I just hope that I can find something new and exciting soon. SOmething where I don't feel like I have to look over my shoulder constantly.

I still have a lot of ideas rattling around in my brain. Just no real I really need to vid kinda moments. But it will come back - soon I hope...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

You Got To Be Kidding...

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Really Taking A Break


There's been a disaster at work. What I thought was a safe haven has turned into a tar pit that will drown me soon. And if I don't get out soon I'll be doomed to a slow death.

Given that I'm putting my efforts into finding a brand new job. That means I won't have quite as much time for the more fun things in life - like vidding.

But as soon as the virtual shitstorm is over I'll be back doing what I love. So please bear with me. Anyone who's unemployed understands it's not fun. And if I can jump he hurtle to a new job before that happens I'll be happy.

Wish me luck...

Friday, April 20, 2012

Charade, The Series

neverApologizeSpy thrillers were so much less complicated back then...



Charade, The Series


Well I finally got around to using Charade. It wasn't for lack of trying. I just didn't have a clear idea what I wanted to do with it.

Music


It was another long bout on Audionetwork. Originally I was looking for something that reminded me of the Charade theme. But finding a Henry Mancini sound alike was too much to ask. So I began thinking of other avenues. Charade was a sort of Romantic-Comedy. Possibly I could take that route. But after an unproductive search I gave up that line. So I decided to look into the spy type theme. Previously I had found a few which I had labeled as a James Bond style theme. Charade wasn't an actual spy movie but maybe attaching a spy theme to it could take it in that direction.

Action vs. Talking


Though there's murder and some gunplay in the movie it mostly consists of people talking. Seems to be true of most movies. That was going to reflect the style of the opening I would do. Cary Grant had a reasonable amount of action shots but the only real action I found from Audrey Hepburn was her running. Okay, like it or not, she would have to just be the "pretty one" of the team.

And as usual finding clips of the stars posing in a closeup without talking is difficult. I found a great one of Hepburn but found none for Grant and Marlin. Oh well...

Bumpers


I wanted some bumpers to place between certain sections. I decided to use some still images from the movie. Although I planned on using many of them only two ended up in the final product, The Embassy plaque and the sunglasses.

The other bumper I did use, although not really as a bumper, was the stamp motif. There were a few quickcuts of stamps toward the end of the movie. I had clipped them the first time through figuring I would use them somewhere. Then after the sequences were nearly complete I found I had no place to put them. Since they are so important to the overall theme of the movie I had to make room. So I interspersed them between the running scenes at the end. They actually fit in well and made that sequence move better.

The Beginning Clip


After deciding to place the resort scene at the beginning I knew I'd have to go find another piece of music. Couldn't use Mancini's music.

Font


Wanted a font which bespoke the era. Cooper Black is one identified with the 60s. Too bad it's identified with a show from the 70s, The Odd Couple. But that's close enough. Anyway the font was originally designed in 1921.

The Quinn Martin Style


I love the Quinn Martin openings especially The Streets of San Francisco. Unfortunately I don't have a good voice for a voiceover. I wanted to do something akin to the guest star thing segment since there were some excellent actors doing the bad guys. I decided to created a circle shape to place the pictures. But that meant I needed a long clip for the background. Luckily there was just such a clip with the ferry. It only needed extended a few seconds to reach the end of the guest star shots.

When Vaunda saw that segment with the guests in the rondel and the ship in the background she commented it reminded her of the Love Boat opening. Guess everything we do comes from somewhere, doesn't it.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Well This Is Annoying...

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Never Figured This One Out Yet

FOr as long as I've been vidding I've never quite got a handle on why certain video clips don't run smoothly in Final Cut. All the specs look correct but the clip runs jerky. It's happened before and I know it will happen again in the future.

Specs

Project is set to 23.98 fps / square pixels
Clip is 23.98 fps / square pixels

When it's run in Final Cut there's a noticeable jerkiness to the motion. Very annoying. So far I have found nothing which will solve this little problem. I've gone back and exported the clip again in various formats. All give the same results.

Grrr, Arghhh...

I just hope I can find a solution. I'd rather not leave it like that.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Ahhh, The Weekend

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It's Break Time

In every project you need to step back and take a break. Going down to work on finishing up the raised garden which means I'm putting the Charade vid on hiatus for the weekend. I'll be picking it back up Sunday night. Maybe after a break I'll have a better idea what type of theme I'll want to do.

Why The Public Domain Project?

clarus-dogcowA few of my vidding friends wonder why I abandoned my previous vidding fandoms in favor of this public domain path. It's not because I don't love them anymore. It's cause I was tired of the hassle I was receiving.

What is The Public Domain Project?

It's an idea which popped up after I kept getting ContentID warnings from YouTube. It really started to get annoying when in the matter of two weeks I received 15 ContentID warnings. I wanted to try to do something that YouTube couldn't touch. Public Domain material seemed like the natural way to go.

There can't be that much Public Domain material around. What do you have to work with, a couple of silent movies?

In the beginning that's what I thought might be the case. But I was surprised as I found more and more that was classed public domain. Tings become public domain for a variety of reasons. If the copyright was posted incorrectly the material automatically fell into the public domain. And other times the owners just forgot to renew it.

Still, there can't be that much to work with. It has to be a somewhat limited pool.

That's true. Nothing produced today will ever fall into the public domain in our lifetime [unless the creator wants it that way]. But I'm more and more surprised at what is available.

But what about any Good Music

True that there are many a Songhai would love to use. There's not more using any Mike Post music. And for a while I thought I wouldn't find anything good. But I was turned onto the Audionetwork site which has quite a few excellent composers. Seem of these composers are professional musicians who place part of their portfolio on-line for purchase at a reseat able price.

So what's reasonable?

I've picked up stuff from incompetech.com for a donation of $5/song and picked up a few at Audionetwork for the price of $1.35/song. I'd say that's a pretty reasonable price.

And this music is good?

Yes, and mostof it is performed by live musicians, not a one-man synthesizer band. There's a distinct difference between synth instruments and real instruments. A few of the songs I've purchased were performed by philharmonic orchestras.

So what's the biggest lure of public domain?

Between working with unfamiliar video material and searching for new songs I'd say it's the boost it's given my creative spirit. Working with copyrighted shows and themes I was doing far more copying than creating.

What are the pros?

The best thing is the thrill of the chase. Tying to track down whether something I've found is public domain. And after that the fun of clipping something that hasn't been done before. Also, the amount of new music I've been listening to. Many of these composers I wouldn't have never found had it not been for this project.

What are the cons?

The cons are more than the pros. The biggest one is the quality of the footage I find. Sometimes the only footage I can find of something is a copy of an old rip. since it's public domain there's not much incentive to produce a good copy from the original masters. The other one, and perhaps the worst one, is the lack of recognizable themes. That was usually the best hook I had previously. All the openings I do now are mostly originals.

What's next?

I have decided to not hold back on any idea. I used to attempt to cater to certain fandoms in order to get more views. I loved the vids I did but found that the little odds and ends one were more satisfying. With this project it allows me to take it to the next level. Anything I find that's in the public domain can, and will, be remixed.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vidding With Blinders On

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And I Said The Music Was Tough

Yeah, finding the right music is tough. But another tough part is starting to clip a movie before you actually know what direction it's going in. Sure, there are some standard scenes that I know will be in any opening credits but without a theme song some of the more subtler clips won't be perceived until later. Which means another trip or two through the whole movie.

So I'm continuing to clip Charade and pulling out the standard material in-between listening to a whole lot of new music on audionetwork.com. I've found a few but nothing that really screams that it would be the perfect fit for Charade.

The problem is I'm not sure what style I want to take this movie. My first thought was to do it as a spy thriller. Sure there was a lot of spy sort of stuff going on but it was also a romantic comedy of sorts. So that means it could go in that direction also. Then again, I could take it in a direction nothing like the original movie plot.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...

As I said, these types of remixes are much more difficult than when I was working with all copyrighted material. Then I had a some video from a show and I knew exactly which musical theme I was going to match it up with. But then again, those used to only take a day or two. And the satisfaction level was not quite as exciting as when I started vidding. The Public Domain Project takes me into areas which demand a lot more thought and a lot more work. Sometimes the projects take one to two weeks to complete. But when they're done I notice a higher level of elation than before.

So even though it's a lot more work there's a lot more satisfaction in the end...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Some Interesting Music

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I don't think I can express how much I like audionetwork.com. Without it I doubt if the Public Domain Project would have even gotten started.

Four of the five projects have been completed using music purchased from this site. And at $1.35 per song that's a good bargain. Why? Because purchasing the song makes my vid free from the insanity which YouTube calls it's Copyright Infringement Policy.

Many Songs And Counting...

Currently I have 72 songs tagged for future use. And every time I go on the site that list grows. Looks like I won't have a problem finding music to use. It's only when I'm looking for specific music which is the problem [ i.e. something that sounds like Mike Post ].

Of course it's not anything people will recognize. But that doesn't lessen the quality of the music. It just means people haven't been exposed to it yet. So that too is part of this project.

Are Those Real Instruments I Hear?

And another nice feature is that many of the songs are not just synth compositions created by a single person. Many of these are played by actual orchestras playing real instruments! ANd you can really tell the difference between a real French Horn and a synth French Horn.

That's not to say there isn't synth music up there. And it's also not saying I have anything against synth music. But the theme songs I grew up listening to were all done on real instruments. It's just a matter of taste.

What's To Lose

So if you're a vidder and are looking for something to use in your next vid give this a thought. That way you won't have to sit there wondering if YouTube is going to hit you with that nasty ContentID notice. Or even worse, a CopyRight strike...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Would I Like To Play Charades?

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Charade

Decided I needed to do something with the movie Charade. It's been one of my longtime favorite movies since it was released. Besides having one of the all time best theme songs by Henry Mancini the movie is a great Dramatic Comedy.

Problems

During the first rip a problem emerged. I noticed the movie was a bit jumpy when I watched it. This wouldn't do. Luckily I still had the original VOB files. So here goes another rip. One of the things I failed to compensate for is the aspect ratio of the rip was widescreen and I forgot to click the correct tickybox. Everyone ended up tall and skinny. This last rip seemed to have solved all the previous problems...

The Odd Couple

Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn are a seemingly odd pair for a romantic couple. But in the end it works. But they really are cliches of their time and I'm guessing that's how the studio wanted it. At that time they weren't looking to make edgy films, not like most of the spy thrillers today.

I think there are enough good scenes with them together to put together a nice little spy theme. I would have liked to do something like The Avengers [the British TV show] but I have yet to find a piece of music that captures that feeling.

Action

Anyway, there is definitely a lot less action shots in Charade than in the average spy movie of today. Less gunfire, less explosions, less of most all action scenes. Looks like I'll have to concentrate more on the what isn't there aspect.

There are some action scenes and some gunfire. And even some gruesome moments. Probably enough to get my point across.

Current Situation

I just got the movie re-ripped and clipping will start soon. I believe I've found a piece of music I like for it but that doesn't mean that's it. I'll continue to listen to others while I'm preparing the clips. Never know when that Avengers-like theme might just pop up...

Sunday, April 8, 2012

And Now For Something Completely Different

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NASA

As you may, or may not, know most footage shot by the government is instantly in the public domain. It's been like that since, well as long as filming has been around. So that's why I've decided that I want to do something with the footage shot by NASA. There is some breath-taking footage shot for the shuttle mission and also material from the International Space Station [ISS]. As of yet I'm not sure what form the final project will take.

Previously I had done a piece with the last shuttle mission done to the tune of Space: 1999. Guess it's time to start another search on audionetwork for some type of Sci-Fi sounding theme.

The material on the space exploration is probably at the top of the list for the government footage.

Viet-Nam

I've also run across quite a bit of footage that was shot during the Viet-Nam war. Not enough to see a clear path to a vid but I'm keeping this in mind.

World War II

And it appears that the army was very keen on documenting almost everything they did during the second world war. Like the previous entries I'm not sure just what I can make with this material but I'm collecting and reviewing.

The biggest, and best produced, was a show called, "The Big Picture". Very well produced and extremely usable.

Others

There's also many other areas of film that I have yet to scan over. I definitely won't be making a vid for every type of footage but it's nice to know that it's available.

RiP! A Remix Manifesto

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More U.S. Government Insanity

In my continued search for videos about copyright and remix I found this one very informative about how the U.S. government figures the copyright and the internet should be done the American way everywhere in the world. And some countries just aren't buying that...



Join filmmaker Brett Gaylor and mashup artist Girl Talk as they explore copyright and content creation in the digital age. In the process they dissect the media landscape of the 21st century and shatter the wall between users and producers. Creative Commons founder, Lawrence Lessig, Brazil's Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow also come along for the ride.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

A Fair(y) Use Tale

Most of us have seen this little gen already but it bears repeating. Many vidders are unaware of what Copyright & Fair Use really are. At least what it is now, cause it seems to be changing regularly.



With the stakes being raised I doubt whether the current definitions will stay put very much longer. Everyone is out to grab as much as they can so they can charge anyone who uses it tons of licensing fees or penalties.

It's not about the art, it's about the money...

Friday, April 6, 2012

Everything Is A Remix

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Kirby Ferguson

In searching for various articles about Copyright and Remixing I ran across these amazing videos by Kirby Ferguson. It's an encapsulated history of remxing and how it's been overshadowed by people who want to appropriate ideas as copyrightable.

It's well worth the time to watch all four parts to learn where the roots of our vidding culture began. You can watch parts 2-4 on http://www.everythingisaremix.info/ or no his Vimeo page



Everything is a Remix is produced by me, Kirby Ferguson, a New York-based filmmaker. This site is a companion piece to the four-part video series. The first three episodes of the series have been published and part four should be released in late November. Donations are much appreciated and help me devote as much time as possible to research, writing and production.

You can keep up with this series via email, Twitter, Facebook or Vimeo.

I do a twenty-minute presentation based on this series that applies well to any and all realms of creativity. I’ve spoken at Google, Netflix, the GEL Conference, Creative Mornings NYC, The Cusp Conference, Media Evolution, The Creators Project, Campus Party Mexico City, Columbia University, NYU and more. I’m also available for panels, question-and-answer sessions, or just about anything.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Other People's Vids

When I find them I will post any other vids I find which are technically in the public domain arena. This is more of a slideshow of locations in France but it's done using music from a public domain music site. I think that counts...

There's no description on the YouTube page but there is on the blog Le Chant des Parisiens (The Song of Parisians).

I know nothing of Musopen.org but will be taking a look at it shortly.

Web Page from "The Public Domain Sherpa"

I've had to wade through a lot of material just to find what I can, and cannot, use. Here's a site which has quite a bit of information about the public domain. And some material which related to that copyright thing...

More information at The Public Domain Sherpa

Public domain or copyrighted? Here’s how to tell.

This site provides information on finding and using public domain material in the United States.
The US public domain is filled with creative works you can use any way you want to. No need to ask anyone’s permission. No fees necessary.

You can find photos, books, music, software — and more — that you’re free to recast, remix, and build upon.

But how do you find these works? And how can you be sure they really are copyright-free?

Copyright law is complex (as complex as the tax code, some say) and there’s a lot of misinformation and hype out there about what is and what isn’t “public domain.”

It can get confusing.

Got questions?

Are you unsure about what’s free to use and what isn’t? Have questions like ...
Are all works on the Internet in the public domain?
  • If a work doesn’t have a copyright notice on it, is it in the public domain?
  • If a work has a copyright notice on it, does that mean you can’t use it?
  • If a work is royalty free, does that mean it’s not copyrighted?
  • If a work of art is well-known, like American Gothic or the Mona Lisa, is it in the public domain?
  • If you’ve got questions like these you’re not alone. That’s why this site is here.

Get answers.

Don’t just rely on stuff you’ve heard — get the facts. Browsing through these pages will help you ...
  • Save time. I've gathered the information for you. There are up-to-date links to places where you can find public domain works online. These are sites I’ve visited myself ... I tell you what you’ll find there, and what (if any) conditions on use there are. And when I find a great new resource I’ll add it.
    For example, are you looking for photos? Books? Sheet music? Just choose your subject from the navigation menu on the right.
  • Save money. You can save money in legal fees, and other fees, too. Why pay a license fee if you can find a public domain version of a work you want to use?
    Listen, you can answer a lot of public domain questions yourself. There’s an online copyright tutorial, a copyright duration diagram, and a copyright term calculator to help you figure out whether a specific work is in the public domain — and if it’s not, when it will be.
  • Stay out of trouble. Know whether the work you want to use is in the public domain before you use it. Here you’ll also learn about things that could trip you up even when the work is in the public domain ... like trademark rights and publicity rights.
    And if someone accuses you of infringing their copyright? There are tips for dealing with a cease and desist letter.
You can find answers to your public domain questions without hiring an attorney and paying hefty fees. And if you do need to consult an attorney, you’ll have information that will help you keep your legal costs down. You know what they say — knowledge is power. Note: If you need legal advice right away, you can find lawyers or law firms online that specialize in public domain issues.

Keep reading. You’ll get the facts here, without the hype.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Nurse Linda [Deep Throat, The Series]

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G-Rated Porn Movie

How do you remix a porn movie without keeping it a porn movie. That's what this remix was all about. What can be done with extreme material.



Project Notes under the cut...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Remix-An Interesting Read

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A Good Book For Vidders

I'm currently reading John Lessig's book, Remix. It deals with how society has dealt with, and appears to wants to , deal with how society deals with people who create with other people's material. With the technological changes that have occurred in the past few decades it has now become possible for nearly anyone to create things with what they have in their possession. This wasn't the case a century ago.

Throughout this article I will refer to anything people did in the past as remixing.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

New Intro

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It's About Time

When I moved over to start doing public domain vidding I figured I needed a new opening. Something to differentiate the old from the new. Of course I didn't get it done before I had completed the first five vids. So I figured that before I did anymore vidding I would sit down and finish the new intro.

It's based on the Marvel flip-book sequence used for all the superhero movies. It appealed to me in the sense that it doesn't concentrate on any one character rather it tries to show many different angles to the whole. Thus I was able to bring in clips from dozens of movies in show 1-3 frame clips in an extremely quickcut style.



This is still a beta. There are some effects that need tweaked and colours that need fine-tuned. But overall, this will be the new intro. A little longer than the previous one but I really couldn't see shortening it.

The vid title will appear over the final logo at the end.

And believe it or not the entire intro was created in Final Cut Pro. I thought I wold need to bring in Motion for this vid but all the tools I needed were available in Final Cut.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Project Update

drawingBoard, Scanned picture from a publication issued by the company S.K.F. (SKF) around 1940-45.Here's a little update to the projects that I've got going. Seems like there are always multiple things to work on.

Plus it's springtime and that means I'm going to be spending more weekends in the garden. Not really my idea but Beverly likes her garden. One must keep their relevant other happy...

Deep Thoughts About Vidding [10]

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Familiarity vs Bright And Shiny New

I checked out a collab vid that a friend of mine participated in. In this vid she used footage from a show that she was unfamiliar with. She said it was the most difficult vid she'd done because unlike Supernatural, the show she usually vids, she had no clue where any particular scenes were. She had to do a lot more searching than normal.

Now I find that funny as that's par for the course with what I vid. Most of the footage I use comes from movies and TV shows that I have either never seen or seen many years ago. Thus I have to scrub the entire footage several times to find the clips I need.

Apart from most vidders only wanting to vid shows they like I believe the other reason no one else [at least no one I've found] vids public domain stuff is due to the lack of knowing the material well enough. When I was vidding Doctor Who I could see a scene I wanted to copy and 9 timeS out of 10 I could locate the exact scene in a few minutes. Comes from seeing the shows way more than once.

But when I was clipping footage for The Holmes & Watson Mysteries I can't remember how many times I had to go through those movies hoping to catch a glimpse of a clip I could use. I hadn't seen these movies in over 30 years or more.

Believe me, it's a lot more work doing it this way than when you are 100% familiar with a show. Ad the time it takes to find the clips can be double, triple, or more. It also requires a lot more patience. Cause after you've worn yourself out looking for that non-existent clip you relegate yourself to using something else. And that something else is probably something you haven't clipped yet.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Roger Corman - My Favorite Director

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Corman's World

Just watched a throughly entertaining movie about Roger Corman. If you don't know who Roger Corman is you need to look him up and check out one of the over 385 movies he has been part of during his career. Movies like Little Shop of Horrors [1960], The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, Grand Theft Auto, The Wild Angels, Death Race 2000, Piranha, Sharktopus to name a few.

But I digress.

I believe what inspires me the most about Roger Corman is his attitude of doing what he wants rather than doing what he was supposed to do to become a big Hollywood name. Since the 50s he has followed his muse and created his movies. He also has the distinction of always being profitable. Something that many other movies makers can't say they've been. [ think of the $350 million budget for John Carter ].

So why am I fixated on Corman? Probably cause I identify with him in certain aspects. He never really followed the trends of Hollywood. And while all the people he worked with took off in more popular directions he continued doing what he loved. What he believed in. He was following his muse. And it's that following one's muse which I have done here.

My work is now less than 1% as popular as when I was vidding currently popular shows. I was having fun then, I won't say I wasn't. But it was slowly getting boring. Going from start to finish on a vid in one day was less than satisfying.

Then the copyright problems started and I dropped the currently popular shows. I decided to see what might be available in the public domain world. After initially being apprehensive about what I might find I found far more that I bargained for. It was quite a surprise just how much I had to work with. It wasn't the best material available but that made it even more of a challenge.

But back to how this fits in with Corman. He decided to make movies he believed in even at the cost of never being taken seriously by Hollywood. In a way I've done the same thing. I've taken up working with video and audio that people are not familiar with. That kind of behavior never makes you popular. But the truth is I have never been more satisfied with the work I've done.

I still dabble in the copyright world once in a while when I see something that is just too good to pass up but I've grown to love the world necessary while working on these public domain pieces. They give me a sense of accomplishment I wasn't getting before.

I feel like the offbeat arthouse student amidst the traditional painters who have big patrons. But I will continue to work on my little art projects cause they make me happy.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I Need A Title Sequence - Now

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The Video Was The Easy Part

In my last post [which was only a few minutes ago] I mentioned a movie that I didn't what to reveal the name of. I wasn't sure where it might go. But the universe must have had other plans for this vid. Something decided to kick me in the ass and point me in the right direction.

Serendipity

Then occasionally things just kind of unfold perfectly right before your eyes. I landed on something which is usually unheard of in most TV shows and movies. I found a clip from this movie which clocks in at over one minute in length. But that's not all. This clip has absolutely no talking in it. Nada!!!

It consists of one thing. The actress exiting her car and walking along a pathway. And she's in the exact outfit that I need her in for the opening.

So What's Left?

As the title of this post says, I need a Title Sequence. The rest of this week will consist of thinking up, designing, and executing a title sequence for his opening.

ETA For This Vid?

Not really sure on that one. This weekend if a gardening weekend, not a vidding one. It will all depend on whether I have any kind of flash of brilliance tonight and luck with the construction.

So who knows. But it will be coming soon...

Still Alive, Just Busy

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Real Life Trumps My Hobby

It would be nice if this was the only thing I had to think about. BUt it isn't. Occasionally Real Life pops up and demands most of my attention.

New Projects

But I've got some really interesting thoughts that have made it to the light of day. One of these thoughts deals with a movie that really, I doubt anyone would have thought about vidding. But so I don't curse myself I'm not revealing the name of the movie. I've talked it over with my beta and she thinks it would make for a truly bizarre little mashup.

I've also gotten an idea [also from my beta] for a non-public domain vid. Gasp! It won't get posted here but I'll probably post a link to it. Since it deals with hockey teams it won't be posted until sometime close to October when the new season starts.

And I still want to do something with the NASA footage. All that government footage is public domain. Something should be done with it, don't you think?

Housecleaning

Yeah, this task never goes away. I'm still working on converting the movies I've obtained. It's a slow, slow process. And after the conversions then comes the burning. SOunds like such a vicious cycle.

And of course there's the never ending task of finding music. Sometimes it feels like the worse chore. I never know if I'm going to find anything worth while. At least in the sense that I could use it for these mashups.

But I do have a few good choices on tap and can slow up for now. At least will I start using what I've gotten. One less thing to worry about.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Adventures Of Sir Lancelot-The Redo

I was surprised to find that the 1956 Lancelot TV show from ITV was public domain. But I was really glad when I found out it starred William Russell. Ian Chesterton to any classic Who fan.

Here is my tribute to one of the first Who companions from his starring role as Lancelot.



Full project details under the cut

Deep Thoughts About Vidding [9]

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Three Months After Going Public Domain

In the beginning I wondered. "Just how much is really out there. I'm not going to have any good footage to vid!".

Boy was I wrong.

YES, there is less footage, and YES, it's not as high of quality cinematographically. But what it lacks in those areas it makes up in making me have to think out how to overcome problems. How can that be an advantage? Let me 'splain.

Monday, March 19, 2012

And You Thought SOPA Was Bad...

Round 2

This thing just won't stop. Now the RIAA has gotten the ISPs to do their dirty work. And it has the potential to wipe out an untold number of people's lives with the fines they could impose.

Petition for RIAA and the Obama Administration: Stop ISPs from launching a massive copyright spying scheme this July 12th

Go read and possibly sign...

The Vidding World

I don't see how this could NOT affect the vidding world. They're not just chasing illegal downloads. They'll be going after every instance of every song which means that any vid is a potential target.

A Personnel Experience

Personally I decided years ago to not fork over anymore money to people like that. Last year we went to a folk festival and my relevant other wanted the CD of one of the groups. I asked if this music was labeled by the RIAA. The girl told me no, it was on an independent label. So I bought the CD.

Had it been labeled by the RIAA I would have bought a t-shirt or something else and we would have done with out the music.

I like what Thomas Fortenberry had to say about it on his blog.

I have an idea for fairness. Why doesn’t RIAA pay damages, restitution, lost time, usage fees, and back royalties to all the thousands of artists that have been defrauded over the decades, especially those guilty of performing while minority. Secondly, they can cough up all the gouging profits they have made off consumers for the past few decades, over-charging us for compact discs that cost less than five cents to make, and send everyone in America a check for the difference.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Little Thought About AudioNetwork

Why I Like Audionetwork

Big reason I like the music there is so much of it is created with real instruments, not synths. The other reason is the lack of prominent drum machines. So much of the other music I've run across start u the drum machine and lay on other synth instruments over it. What you get is a pounding beat that starts to get very annoying.

For least project, The Holmes and Watson Mysteries, you can hear that the violin is real. There's a certain timbre that belies a real instrument. Had it been done on a synthesizer you would be able to hear the difference instantly.

Some of the music is actually played by philharmonic orchestras.

The song I found for the Sir Lancelot vid contains a couple of medieval instruments in particular a beautiful sounding harp.

Yes, I am very satisfied with the music I've been finding...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What's Coming Down The Pike.

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Too Many Ideas

Well the Holmes & Watson vid is done. So it's time to start thinking about what's next. When I started this I was afraid that there wouldn't be enough to keep me busy. Guess I thought wrong there.

And with these projects taking longer to complete than my old mashups the output will be less. But that doesn't mean it will be any less complicated or less interesting.

Oh yeah, it will be less interesting to some people due to its subject matter. But that's another story that's already been hashed out.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Deep Thoughts About Vidding [8]

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Holmes & Watson - But What If...

Having just finished the vid The Holmes and Watson Mysteries I wonder, "What if I had used the BBC version of Sherlock instead? How might that changed its viewership?". I even had the strange little thought that maybe I should actually make the vid and see. But I decided against.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Holmes and Watson Mysteries

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Old Tyme Mysteries

Deciding what to do with the Sherlock Holmes footage was hard. A lot of the buddy style openings used to have a lot of action shots. And believe be, there was a definite lack of action shots in these movies. Most of it consisted of people standing around talking. Nope, this wasn't going to be an action opening. And there was nothing that could be used to do a sitcom. Well maybe there might be but it would be a stretch. That meant I was going to have to fall back and just do it as a mystery show.



Project Notes Under The Cut...

Friday, March 9, 2012

Time Flies...

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The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Right now I'm guessing that the Sherlock Holmes vid will be finished either tonight or tomorrow. Once I found the music everything took off.

Been There, Done That

I had done an opening in this style once before but as always there were shortcuts taken either due to time constraints or lack of knowing how to make something work. So this time around I decided to make sure all the parts worked the way they were supposed to. I'll detail all the pertinent information in the project specific post.

Afterthought

One thing I notice, quite a bit, is the lack of interesting shots that are available on more modern shows. Most of the angles and set shots are very, very common. Nothing interesting. So I have to search and scrub more than I used to.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sherlock Is On The Case

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Over The Hump

And what a hump it was. The clipping part is now the easy part.The first run through of the movies is to get acquainted with the material and to cut out a few will absolutely need later clips. Then as the vid is in progress I'll have to go back to find those special pieces.

Sounds Like A Winner

Believe it or not I did find a song for the Sherlock vid last night. In fact, I found a few that would work. I played them for Vaunda today and although she liked them all she had the same pick as I did. I'll be purchasing it probably later this evening.

Unfortunately audionetwork.com does not have an embedding function.

And even though they have multiple versions of the same song in various lengths I may still have to cut this one specially. it's either 30 seconds, one minute, or full length. I do wish there was a minute and a half version. But you can't have everything.

So much To Do - All The Time In The World

Tonight I will be concerned with finishing up the preliminary scrubbing and clippings. I've got 66 clips right now and that encompasses basic clips of all the major characters. I know there will be gaps that will need filled.

And I need to decide on a font. That shouldn't be too hard as the choice of fonts during that time was minimal. But I could always go off the grid and pick something a bit newer. Like maybe the font used my the BBC Sherlock.

And although it's not a Beverly weekend I have much to do outside of the house. That means not a lot of progress on Sherlock.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Music Used To Be The Easy Part

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Times Have Changed

Currently I'm in the process of clipping the Sherlock Holmes movies. That's the easy part. But it wasn't always that way. Used to be this was the difficult part scrubbing through all the footage to find the material. The music was already selected and ready to go.

But now, I have the footage but it takes quite a while to find the music I want to use. So it's listening to tons of material in the hopes that something will strike my muse. I have a few nibbles but nothing concrete.

But I do have some excellent leads for future projects.

There's A Lot Of Music Here

I know I've only scratched the surface here. Every search I do brings up more good music. My database it beginning to fill up. You can't save playlists on audionetwork.com unless you become a member. And becoming a member is $500. Not really a price I want to pay just for my hobby.

So I use the worlds most popular database program Excel to keep track of songs I like. Then I can go back and revisit just what I need when a project demands it.

So What Type Of Opening Will This Be?

As of right now, I have no idea what I will be using with the Sherlock Holmes footage. At one point I was considering doing a comedy [ or even a romantic comedy ]. But I'm not really into shipping Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.

I just spent the last three hours mulling over music in my library and new songs on audionetwork. Hopefully I'll find something I like before it's time to bed.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Who's Next In The Queue?

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And They're Off

Now that I've got some source material I can finally get back to doing what I like best. Actual vidding! It's not an Instant Gratification Project but the Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone are on deck.

I've started clipping the movies taking out some general material I know I'll need. You always need those posing shots. You know, the ones where the actor stands there usually not speaking but you can get a good look at them. And also any good action shots I see along the way.

The Music

Yes, I will have to start dwelling into the music sites again to find something good. Good and that fits the bill. But at least I've now got a good idea which of the sites will produce what. The results of finding music that sounds like actual themes has been very underwhelming. It's either not there or I'm just not looking in the right place.

Basil Rathbone is not my favorite Sherlock Holmes but he's the one I have the most free footage of. I have The Woman in Green, Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon, Dressed To Kill, and Terror By Night. I really wish his Hound of the Baskervilles version was available but you can't have everything.

Summary

I remember when I used to have an idea in the morning and could sometimes have the vid finished before I went to bed. Those days are far behind me now. I will need to find something else to act as instant gratification. Those were nice when I just needed a little pick-me-up.

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Short Update

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Is It Friday Yet?

Posting has been a little slow. More time devoted to work instead. Never enough time for what makes me happy - vidding.

I'm still in the process of converting movies and I just picked up another one of those 50 movie packs. This one is Musicals. Again, I'm not sure just what will become of this but it's good to have the source material.

I've been sorting through the movies I downloaded previously from The Internet Archive and the ones I bought. There are some duplicates and I need to remove the downloaded versions as they are, for the most part, of lesser quality. But not always.

There's Always The Weekend

Yes, there always is a weekend. But that doesn't necessarily mean I'll have the time to vid. This weekend Beverly and I are taking in a photo antiquities museum then going to a Gillbert & Sullivan play that night. And Sunday is a day for a whole lot of nothing. Including vidding. But a restful weekend is always welcome.

And of course Beverly gets to critique the beginning of the vacation vid.

If nothing exciting happens then I'll probably post again Sunday or Monday night.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The State Of My Vidding

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The Never-Ending Job

When I started into this copyright free style I hadn't realized just how much work it was going to be just to get the material I needed. I'm currently converting the 50 Sci-Fi movies I purchased. Luckily this can be done while I'm doing other things, like work. I read a little then write a few paragraphs. Then I look to the side to check the progress of the conversion. Who knows how long this would take if I couldn't do this simultaneously with other things.

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Vacation Vid

It's quite surprising how this project is going. The more I work with it the quicker the project is moving. It's also showing me my shortcomings when I look at the beginning of the vid. It's quite possible that toward the end I will redo parts of the vid because I'm not really happy with the results. I was happy with it when I first did it but since then I've learned enough to tell me where I went wrong.

Old VHS Footage

And previously I had converted some old VHS tapes for Beverly. It was footage of her sone when he was young. Originally I had intended to merely converted it to digital and burn it onto a DVD. But with this vacation project I'm beginning to see something else that could be done. Right now Rees over five hours of footage. Most people would never want to sit through that much [ just like my 1300+ vacation photos&sp;].

So my thought, which I'll present to Beverly, is to make a much short one. One that people would actually be able to sit through. We'll see...

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The Flipbook

Here's anoth project that's on the computer but hasn't gone anywhere. Is still a hi-priority but I don't have the time. Bt if I'm going to use it as a new intro then it's got to move up the list. It shouldn't really take that long. I've done all the scoping out of her original. And although it's going to be tedious, it's all about the same techniques. Images move from off the top of the screen to the center in order once I have one done I can copy the behavior to each new image. That will make it easier.

The hard part will be the creation of all the images with the text that cuts in and out. No need for any fancy alpha channels or effects. Just straight photo editing. And that I've been doing for over 20 years now.

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Themes? What Themes?

And the casualty of all this time spent on ripping and learning Motion is finding music. And to be truthful, that's one of the most important things I need to be doing. Sure, what people notice first is the video footage but without any music there's no vid. And compared to the preparation of the video resources, listening to new music takes a lot more time and effort.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hold Your Horses, You'll Get You Vacation vid...

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Making Progress

Yeap, making progress all right. And I'm actually not getting as lost as I was when I first started playing with Motion. Guess I'm starting to acclimate to the 3D environment in the motion graphics. But it's not been easy.

I've got about 1½ minutes [ in beta ] for Bev to see this weekend. No music, just some individual pieces. Still needs a lot of polish. I know I'll improve as time goes on but this one is still rough.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Deep Thoughts About Vidding [7]

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It's Been A Hectic Week

I just realized how much I had done this week and how much I hadn't posted. Probably due to the upcoming job search that's going to start. But that's another story.

The Motion In The Ocean - The Atlantic

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Work continues on learning Motion 4 in an attempt to placate give my relevant other the vacation vid she's wanted. I doubt it will achieve the level I would like but everyone needs to start somewhere.

I have the beginning done as a beta and will be showing Bev this weekend. That way she can tell me if she likes it or not. Since it's primarily for her she gets a good bit of say so in the final product. But she's been patient. I told her when the muse hit something interesting would pop up and I believe now is the time.

Originally I was going to do a commentary style akin to what I had seen with Felicia Day's trip to Belize.



I do love perky redheads. But I digress. Although that style works for her I'm not sure if it would work for me. I'm just not that perky. Instead I've decided to go with the kinetic type style I posted previously.I'm far more capable of creating type in a humourous manner rather than trying to do in on screen. I leave that to the professionals.

Ripping Is Still Boring

I'm still in the process of ripping all the disks I got. There are still 24 sides to rip with all the Sci-Fi movies I got. Then after I get them all ripped they need to go into the database so I can keep track of them. Yet another housekeeping chore. It's amazing just how much of vidding isn't actually vidding. It's taking care of the little things that keep order to the larger effort.

Quantity vs. Quality

As I suspected many of the movies on these movie packs are not the greatest quality. Some of them actually look like there were ripped from an old VHS copy. BUt I knew that was a distinct possibility. Even if only ½ of them turn out as good quality I'll still have lots more than I'll have time to use.

The Charade vid

projector, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fumeo9250_gold.pngI've now got an excellent version of the movie and will be proceeding with that one - as soon as the muse decides to visit me. One of the main problems [ which plagues all my new vidding efforts ] is finding the best song to use.

I could see this as a great Mission Impossible mashup or The Avengers or maybe even an Inception trailer. There's probably a dozen more I could think of given a little time. But now I'm relegating myself to non-copyrighted music. And that makes it a little more time-consuming. If I can find a piece I can use that sounds like any of these that's the direction it will take. Until then I'll keep looking.

Okay, back to work...

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Another Day-Not Another Vid

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½ Way Through The Sci-Fi Movies

Figured I'd better get these ripped while I'm at it. Sort of a mindless chore so I can actually do this while I'm sitting at the other computer getting some serious work accomplished. Okay, not so serious but necessary.

I realize that I haven't browsed through any music at all this week. There's just never enough time.

And if that's not bad enough instead of reading through the Motion book I'm picking up the Java book a lot more because unlike my vidding, a programming job would be a better source of income. But again, I digress.

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Sherlock Holmes

No, not the current BBC one or even the 80s Jeremy Brett one. This is the one that many people automatically think of when you say, Sherlock Holmes. It's the Basil Rathbone movies. Well, at least four of them. There's Secret Weapon, Terror By Night, Dressed to Kill, and The Woman in Green. Unfortunately the Hound of the Baskervilles is NOT Public Domain. That would have made for such a wonderful opening.

But with four movies with containing the same characters there's a lot more that can be done than when you're working with but a single movie. I'm definitely looking into those possibilities.

A Question Of Resolution

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iPad or MacBook

I still intend in trying a motion comic. But I'm unsure as to whether I will try to do it on the iPad or move back to the MacBook and PhotoShop. I know what Photoshop is capable of but I'm still unsure of the quality I could do with the iPad.

Vaunda [my beta] says, "If you start out with the lower quality on the iPad you can always move up to the hi-definition of Photoshop. People don't mind an increase in quality. But if you start with Photoshop then decide to give the iPad a try it might not go over well cause you're decreasing the quality." That's why I listen to her.

The biggest advantage of the iPad over PhotoShop and the Wacom tablet is the ability to turn the iPad as I'm drawing. Sounds like a simple thing but it is acts much more like natural drawing. With the Wacom tablet you can turn it but the screen on the computer stay stationary.

On the other hand when your working in 300dpi in PhotoShop you can make some really detailed shadings. You can never get more than 72dpi in SketchPro on the iPad.

But the interesting thing in this experiment would be akin to what I'm doing with the public domain movies. Can I take something of less quality and turn it into a first rate piece? It's sort of irresistible.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Over The Hump

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½ Down ½ To Go

I got the 50 Mystery movies ripped and converted. That was a relief. Not all of them will be usable as it's obvious that some of them were taken from less than pristine originals. But that doesn't matter. There's still a ton of other material to use.

Now it's onto the 50 Sci-Fi movies. Figure that will take another week to do. Finally it's onto the Gamara movies!

I have started pulling out some frames I'll need for the Marvel Opening Sequence. Figure that 11 second little sequence is going to take longer than some of those 1 ½ minute vids I've done.

But now it's time for bed and some light reading before sleep...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Taking A Breather Between Rips

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Still Busy

Ripping over 50 sides of DVDs takes time. And I don't want to interrupt the process or it will never get done. But in the mean time I've been mulling over what's next.

This is a good time for planning projects. Making sure all the ducks are in a row before heading out in a new direction. General ideas are behind the cut.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Not The Fun Part Of Vidding

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And The Ripping Begins

Figured I'd better get started. There are 24 disks to rip then they need the individual movies converted. It's amazing how much non-vidding work needs done.

I've checked the Sci-Fi movies and it seems like all 50 are Public Domain. I want to make sure before I start using any of them. I don't know the quality yet, I'll see when the conversion process begins. But you can never tell if you're getting a print made form the master 35mm film or a 3rd generation copy from a VHS tape. I can already guess that the Rocky Jones episodes will be crappy. Everything I ran across says they looked like 3rd gen VHS rips. Can't have everything...

Then I've got to enter them all into the movie database I've started. Then I have to get it moved over to the iPhone. That way if I'm out and about and see a big bin of cheap movies I'll have the list with me.

I'll probably add movies I don't have but might want. Sort of a Wish List.

So it's 2200 hours and Castle is about to start. I got 14 sides ripped and that's a good start.

100 Movies

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I Got Movies!

Got he from work to my package from Amazon. 100 classic movies, most public domain. First big step in putting together a source library. Now all I have to do is find the time to rip them...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Deep Thoughts About Vidding [6]

This is a little something I need to write just to get out of my system. It's not a grip and it's not a rant and it's not a bitch about anybody's fandom. It's just my feelings about how important a role content plays in some vidder's lives.
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Content vs. Technique

A while back I had this discussion with a few people over at LiveJournal. The discussin was about what was more important, Content or Technique. It was generally agreed that content was the overriding factor every time.

Friday, February 17, 2012

I Can't Believe This!

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WTF YouTube

As you know, I've been trying to do this vidding all by the book now. Making sure all my material is Pubic Domain, Creative Commons, or purchased. Yeah, I'm taking the hard road. But it seems that even though I'm trying to make something of this new style, YouTube has other ideas.

Please Explain This!

How can a vid using Public Domain movie footage with a song purchased from audionetwork have a Content ID problem!!!

WTF YouTube

Really, This has to be the biggest bunch of bullshit I've ever heard of.

ETA: GET THIS!!!!

I disputed this issue and immediately I got this:

All content owners have reviewed your video and agreed with your dispute:
Your video has been restored to its original state.

Please note that the video's status can change; if another content owner claims it, this process may repeat. You may want to check your videos' status periodically.

Please take a few minutes to visit our Help Center section on Policy and Copyright Guidelines, where you can learn more about copyright law and our Content Identification Service.

Entity: Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society Content Type: Musical Composition.

What, it was instantaneous! I disputed and within a millisecond they viewed it and determined they were wrong!

Now I need to find out who the fuck the Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society is...

ETA 2: They Don't Seem To Exist

I can't find anything on this organization. No web site at all. And loads of other people on YouTube seems to be hassled by these idiots also. They just go around claiming things. They claimed someone playing Bach on their violin. Clearly, that's not possible.

We truly do live in a world of idiots, don't we...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sounds Like Mike Post

Mike Post

Mike Post

I don't think I've mentioned how much I love the music of Mike Post. In my previous vidding life I did quite a few openings with themes of this man. I don't think there was a more prolific theme writer. It's even difficult to describe exactly what it is that I love about his music.

It's bouncy and light and dramatic and brassy. It's all those things and more. And since it's so unique I think that's why I'm having such a hard time finding music that sounds like his work.

My Library Just Got A Boost

projector, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fumeo9250_gold.pngThe last week of two found me wanting to get in as many of those PD movies as possible.

First it was going to be the download route from The Internet Archive. Lots of stuff but some of it as middling quality.

Then I looked at Netflix. It's a find way of getting them but at two DVDs at a time it would take quite a while to build up the collection. Besides, I like my Netflix account for other movies and TV shows I'd like to watch, not just vid.

Next I began checking out the local library system. I already know they have a pretty extensive catalog of TV Shows on DVD and found many from the list on The Internet Archive. Their problem is that many patrons don't know how to take care of the disks and you often end up with one that won't play or has problems.

Well, finally I checked my last venue. Amazon.com. Boy did I get an interesting surprise...