Tuesday, September 8, 2009


SO, I have been handed this wonderfully small yet powerful video camera to "capture the moment" so to speak. It is extremely simple to use, about the size of a blackberry and takes pretty good video with sound (even though the mic is on the wrong side, so far my largest complaint).

So my sytem at work is from circa 1776, and can not read videos of any format.

SO I start working from home on it.

So, when I download the video editing software that comes along with the camera, I find its not so good, in my non experienced opinion.

So, I have a PC and on it is Microsoft Movie Maker. But the new technology only makes MOV files, which MMM doesn't read.

SO I find that QuickTime can read MOV files so I download QuickTime, but only the QT Pro will let you edit, change formats or anything like that.

SO I do a little searching and find a great freeware program that seems simple enough yet sophisticated to do what I want. YEA!!! So far still pretty pleased with this software, its called Pinnacle VideoSpin.

So, I cut the hour long video into 5.5 minutes added lovely fades, slides, music and end credits. Looking forward to adding it to the blog, but alas, once I got it ready, turned it into an AVI file, it was a gig and a half and too big.

So, back to the original program that came with the camera, there is an option to load directly to FaceBook or YouTube, the only thing, it doesn't condence the video to fit into these formats...

SO I have formated the AVI file into a MOV file and it is much smaller and hopfully uploading now...

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Fantastic Fan fara

The Louisville Orchestra had quite a weekend! Friday, Joshua bell came to town and had a chat with Scott Dowd on Classical 90.5 FM (WUOL). You can download the podcast here.

Joshua Bell goes over a few details with Jorge Mester before the rehearsal of Symphonie Espangnole

Later that evening, the Orchestra had their amazing season images by O'Neil Arnold that were enlarged and streached on canvases on display for the Gallery Hop. The image transfers were not as vibrant as the glossy brochure, but they were still quite impressive. A string quartet performed as well.

All of this was just a sample of an amazing week of events and performances gearing up for Saturday's Fanfara Gala and concert. Saturday evening started with cocktails atop the Humana Building. It was a lovely evening to be on their observation deck for cocktails. Joshua Bell made an appearance and was swarmed! After a lovely dinner the dinner guests were a part of the Jorge Mester procession crossing Main street ed by the Male High School Color Gaurd and up the stairs of the Kentucky Center flanked by the Male High School marching band.

All of the efforts to make Fanfara fantastic worked perfectly.