I am thrilled that I finally got all the settings right and outputted my first edited film for Ask Maridee to YouTube. Here is where you can find it, the adventures of Ask Maridee at Sakura Con 2007. I would have rather have had this up sooner, but although I finished the project weeks ago, I had some trouble choosing the right compression. Premiere gives you a lot more options than YouTube can handle. This was a starter film, so I hope it’s fun and not too boring. At the very least, I interview a giant box of Pocky.
I finished my little documentary about Sakura Con and I really love it. It’s under ten minutes but nothing I do to compress it will quite get it under 100 MB and still be readable, so I couldn’t throw it up on YouTube immediately. I’ll get it there, just not quite there yet. I’m really happy with how it came out, but I’m really disappointed that one of my interviews didn’t record. I had a hilarious chat with one of the security guards dressed like Princess Peach but the camera wasn’t actually on. Oh well, there’s always the giant box of Pocky.
We spent most of this weekend at Sakura Con. Although I’d seen lots of pictures of anime conventions and knew basically what to expect, I wasn’t prepared for the volume of people in costumes. Every third person was in one, and I’m not enough of an anime expert to recognize less than half of the characters they were representing. They were very entertaining to look at anyway, and I took twenty minutes of footage that I will be cutting down to make a brief video documentary of our time spent there. We probably won’t be doing another one of these, not suprisingly this really didn’t feel like our audience, so that will make the video even more special. We did sell some books and sign up some new readers, and if you’re one of them, thanks for joining. Also to the loyal reader who is helping me with the RSS feed, thanks also and I’m sorry I couldn’t get back to you over the weekend.