Has it really been almost a month since I wrote my last blog? Holy hell, it has. Aside from doing freelance work as a TD (Technical Director), I’ve been directing the live shows for ALMOST ADEQUATE with J.H. Nuber and NOT SO LATE SHOW with Johnny DiLoretto, so my dance card is so full, I cannot get enough sleep. Especially with new episodes of Twin Peaks to catch.
I have my own switcher, 5 cameras, and all the cables and mixers to make this all work. Each week entails new purchases to refine the package. I just bought a tiny little Lenovo to act as a media player/deck and getting it to work has been something of a nightmare. All I needed it to do was play videos via VLC player, but I also wanted it to connect to the Blackmagic Designs ATEM for switching, even though 98% of what I need is on-board the switcher now.
Just tonight, I achieved all my goals and it even includes future streams I intend to do in 24P cinematic look over the 60i video look that has permeated most of my live streams thus far. The future 24P multicam shoots will lose 3 of my cameras because the HDMI out of those only has the option of 60i.
This tiny little Lenovo caused me issues since it only has a 32 gig hard drive. I figured that would be okay since I won’t be using media on the internal drive. I did buy a 128 gig MicoSD card to help the storage, although I tend to use external drives for the live events anyway. I pesky Windows 10 update nearly crashed the entire thing when it expanded past the 32 gig internal drives ability to unpack the files. It took some work, but I did get it back working - in spite of the Geek Squad recommendation to simply return it and buy something more expensive.
”I can't stop this feeling Deep inside of me Girl, you just don't realize What you do to me When you hold me In your arms so tight You let me know Everything's all right I'm hooked on a feeling I'm high on believing That you're in love with me Lips are sweet as candy It's taste stays on my mind Girl, you got me thirsty For another cup of wine Got a bug from you, girl But I don't need no cure I just stay affecting If I can for sure” - Blue Suede