…well, if you’re a graphics person. Who likes to get his work done on a stable OS. That doesn’t harass you all the time with dialog boxes like a needy, attention-hungry child (I printed the file! I sent your memo! I installed the program! Do you like me? Can I please be even better? Huh huh huh?). And especially if you dislike viruses, Macs are better.
Anyway, each year the hospital does a gathering for its employees called the Snowflake Ball. Last year it was at the fairgrounds, and I put together a (sigh) PowerPoint slide show recap of the year. For this year, the gathering was at a casino outside of Laughlin, and instead of a PPT we were asked to do a DVD. The request came from the casino’s side of the event; they were set up for video playback but a PPT presentation would have been problematic.
Fortunately Macs have iMovie built in, as well as DVD authoring software. (I know, a lot of PCs have that too, but the Apple tools are pretty quick to pick up and have a tolerably useful set of features.)
The loop part was pretty straightforward, but the title sequence gave me pause. It was something that really needed to be seen with attention, ideally just once for maximum impact. It was decided to use that for the program opener rather than as a bit of eye candy running in the background form time to time. The piece I did follows the fold; it’s a 3.1 MB QuickTime video.
It went over fairly well, which naturally pleased me. That’s actually the first serious piece of video editing I’ve done in about fifteen years.
Of course this leaves open the question of what I’m going to do next year, drat it all.
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