Over the past few days I have been slowly transferring the old holiday tapes onto the PC for editing. This is a slow process, very slow. The problem is, it has to be done in real time which means 8 hours a tape.Not only that, I could not possibly work with a single file of 8 hours so I have to check in to try and get close to 2 hour chunks. Add to that some of the latter clips are a mixture of 16:9 & 4:3 and I can’t just leave it.
As time consuming as this stage is the editing is going to be more so. Some elements can be fairly easy or, more of what I am used to such as the current transfer of the 1998 tour of Europe as though it is long it is at least just the one subject matter so there can be a theme. Much of the earlier stuff is a mix of currently very long clips which need to be short clips and will then be unrelated so I have to try somehow to connect them. The only recurring theme being that they are all home movies mainly of the kids.
The really annoying bit is that the vast majority of what is being transferred will be deleted. It’s certainly better to have too much than not enough but when there are segments of over an hour which I know will condense to just a few seconds it can seem terribly daunting.
Weekends, to change the subject, are starting to get stressful for me to the point where I am not looking forward to them at all. Should I start full time work this will become increasingly important to me. Much of the weekend is dominated by the kids, all of them and they do tend to take over somewhat making both myself and Deej feel shut out of our own home. I don’t believe the kids do this on purpose but, they also don’t avoid it either. They are each out for their own enjoyment regardless of any other consideration. When in a busy home it is so important that full consideration is given to others at all times and that doesn’t seem to be happening.
Still gutted about our Legoland trip being cancelled on us and frustrated that I don’t have the cash this summer to really salvage anything which means bored kids which means an unpleasant time for adults 🙁