I'd much rather have a trouble free life than some of the Victor Meldrew stuff that's happened to me lately. Yesterday I upgraded my video editing software, as I liked the look of the upgrade and since it's become a bit of a hobby in recent years I thought, what the hell, let's go for that swish looking improvement with it's nice dark grey interface. I'm a sucker for anything that's not too "glarey" and blinding.. why do you think I love being a DJ so much? It's not because I'm a vampire you know. I painted the roof lining of my VW golf in vinyl flavoured charcoal long before the the car companies did - All apart from Mercedes. That's where I got the idea.
Big mistakes often look so innocent at the outset don't they?
All upgrades ask you if you want to get rid of the old version so of course you say yes to keep the hard drive tidy and slick etc. Don't do it! Keep it for a while until you're more than satisfied with the new version. i WISH I Had. The new version won't edit anything at all without crashing almost instantaneously. I haven't seen software this bad since running 8 tracks of audio simultaneously (and that's two 'taneouslys" in one paragraph I know) on Windows 95 in my "then" Studio. Actually, truth be known I had far fewer problems.
See i was convinced it was my old PC; as we built it in 2003 and it won't take more than 1 GB of ram these days without refusing to boot up! Before I cleaned the C-drive up a bit it used to take a full 1:20secs for my Firefox browser to open...Slow eh?
How wrong I was! My old PC is kept pretty clean (now) by some standards and right now is pretty quick for it's age - a bit like it's owner..
How do I know this? i went out today and bought a kickin' powerful gaming style laptop with all the right graphics hardware installed for a trouble free film editing experience. Don't you just love gamers? Who do they listen to when they push the envelope? Deejays? No. Graphic designers? No. Gamers that's who. I bow to you all, you techie nerds with no girlfriends in your parent's basement sweating over quake 5.3 with excited palms and a great big glowing turbo-cooled tower.
It was at this point I found out the guilty secret of the upgraded software affair.
It doesn't even work on the best laptop you can get for the job!
Yeah so anyway like...guess what got me out of the shit?
Good old original unstable as hell, but strangely not now Windows Movie Maker. That's right baby.. The most fangled and cool looking product is callously and rudely swiped off the table to be replaced by the very thing I originally bought said product to escape from due to excessive crashing and limited scope! Oh the irony! The turning of the tables coming full circle and other clumsily mixed metaphors...
A somewhat painful and cringing big thank you to Microsoft, who were they present, would be as surprised to hear it, as I indeed am to utter it.