Saturday, 10 July 2010


You all deserve an explanation for my absence. I feel terrible about it, and trust me, it isn't by choice. I have missed blogging and making videos, but crappy circumstances have been the bane of my existence.

This is going to be long winded and not very interesting. For those of you uninterested, I will try blogging more often on here in the coming months.

I was planning on taking a break after the election videos anyway. I had exams coming up and needed to knuckle down, try and pass a few of them, etc. But when I was making my last video for that series the problems started, hence why Adam stood in for me.

I had filmed my video, in fact it is still on my camera, but editing software and this good for nothing computer decided to start being incompatible with my camera footage for the first time in over three years. I don't understand different types of video or file sizes and stuff very much, but I know that in order for me to be able to edit my videos in Windows Movie Maker, which I have used my whole time on YouTube, I had to pass the whole file through the software to make the file smaller before I cane edit it without pauses at each cut. For whatever reason, when I try and pass the original file from the camera through WMM now, it cuts out half way through. Ergo, nothing to edit.

So I left that for a few weeks, focusing on Chinese and graduating for a while and not worrying about it, thinking it was a one time thing. But then when I started trying to do some things for JazzainChina, the same thing happened. WMM, the simplest but what, for me, had been so reliable to me, had decided to pack in. I even tried downloading newer and older versions of the software. No luck, same problem.

A friend of mine in China is a film major and helped me install a version of Adobe Premier Pro CS4. To be honest, I have no idea how to use it properly, even after a crash course with Paul over last weekend. I have the same problem. Even when I render everything, I get a pause at every cut, or the video freezes as the audio continues.

So yeah, this is why I haven't been around at all. And sorry for my general absence from the internet. I want to be back.

If anyone has any advice, please let me know in the comments or send me an email at


bibitoria said...
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catonutt said...

You should use FINAL CUT... it's the best and esiest one i've found.. i don't know if it is free though... PLEASE VLOG SOON, YOUTUBE MISSES YOU! :)

heartze said...

Aw I missed you! Hope to see you on Youtube soon! <3

charlyandjosh said...

Good to hear from you again, Jazza. Hope you can find time to vlog again - we've missed you. :-)

Q: What's the difference between vigorous dancing done to jazz dance music as an exercise for physical fitness, and an item of clothing specially tailored for rhymingwithoranges?
A: One is jazzercise; the other is Jazza-sized.

Ehvee said...

Jazza, is this still a problem? It may be that you need a new codec. I'll be happy to help you if needed... Alan (Ehvee1)

I'll need to know what brand and model camera, and what the video settings are you are using.

alan at dvclub dot com

Laura said...

Hey Jazza,

I have had sooo many problems with WMM too so when it doesnt accept my files I use a program called Video Edit Magic. You can either use it to just convert the files or edit the whole thing because its very similar to wmm. I hope you're going sitc? Xx

Jeff Edelman said...

Welcome back, Jazza.