So here’s some irony for you. I make DVDs for a living. Well, I guess for that to be true I’d actually have to make enough money off of it to live. Or at least to be in the black. But I do produce DVDs. If only, apparently, as a really expensive and stressful hobby. The irony? I can’t make a DVD player in my house last longer than six months.
Like five years ago I gave my sister her very first DVD player. And she still has it and it still works. Since that time, I can’t even count the number of DVD players I’ve gone through.
Some of them flat out stop working altogether.
Some of them play some discs perfectly while they refuse to even load others.
And the newest one? The one we bought about two months ago? It plays the discs perfectly, but it won’t play the sound.
I have hope for this one. I think that mayhap we accidently hit a key combination that turns off the sound. Although why a DVD player would have this option is beyond me. Or maybe we had a cable come loose.
Regardless, we have tremendously bad luck with the stupid things.
I did, however, have tremendously good luck at a shoot I did today for a workout video I’m putting together. In June I originally shot some tape for these lovely women, only to find out that I had an inadequate microphone, a bit of bad luck, and some resultingly unusable audio. So today we re-shot. (Who are the nicest clients in the world? The Fit and Fun Fitness Twins!)
This time I had a kick-ass microphone, better luck, and though I haven’t looked at the footage yet, I’m thinking it’s going to be great. I did have one panicky moment when Alex, who was my assistant for the day, noticed that one of the lights was buzzing. Thank God he noticed, because frankly I might have killed myself if I’d come out of the day with more bad audio.
We smartly decided NOT to just forge ahead with crossed fingers, and instead tried unscrewing a couple of light bulbs to see what happened. And what happened was success. The buzzing went away, our light was still great, and our audio seems clean. I’ll be importing my footage onto my computer tomorrow.
Keep those fingers (and toes) crossed for me that I have better luck with my DVD production than my DVD players.