Tuesday, September 15, 2009


"NNNOOOOOooo-o-o-o-o-o! ! ! ! !"

That's what I said this morning--or a less polite word to that effect--after the guy at the Apple computer store spent 15 minutes trying to fix my frozen Orestes and the Fly project in iMovie and then declared,
"I'm afraid one of the files is corrupt and I can't fix it: you may have to rebuild the whole project."

So far as I can tell, it's not my fault, or anyone else's, but this is the kind of thing that makes me want to stab myself with a fork.

Actually, it turned out not to be all that awfully bad. The project (that's the movie broken up into all its bits and pieces--audio, timing, titles, etc.--like a car motor in parts) is still in iMovie so I can save and export it (burn it to a DVD. etc.), but only "as is," it cannot be edited further. Luckily, the editing was almost entirely done.

There remain those 3 little undone things, however, that are little, yes, but without them the movie does not work.
So I'll have to do some roundabout import/export/import stuff--sort of like when I sent a box of instant Pad Thai mix to a friend in New Mexico and she pointed out that it was Made in California, so the box had practically made a round trip on an airplane.

It will all LOOK just fine in the end, to the audience. But last night, after the thing froze up on me, I was pondering the meaning of life big time, I tell you. I had to resort to that old My Life As a Dog comparison trick and think, well, this is nowhere near as bad as dying of malaria.
And I had to laugh when I saw the door labeled Panic at the mall this morning. So well placed, right on the way to the Apple store.


deanna said...

My computer is becoming so ploddy online that it takes time for your site to load, but I had to come over from my reader and say, "Noooo" with you. What a not-fun happening. I'm glad it isn't as bad as it could have been. I look forward to seeing your film, of course, but also being able to say in a few years, "I watched Fresca's first film - you know, made right before her famous collaboration with bink in Montana..." :o)

momo said...

I'm so glad you could save so much--I hope those Apple geniuses can fix it for you.

Manfred Allseasons said...



Heart skipped a beat there... Come on, put it out before its accidentaly crushed by a falling piano!

rr said...

Oh. NO! The meaning of life indeed. And life. Flashing before the eyes, but not across the screen. So glad the situation is salvageable. (And hoping this comment "takes", unlike the previous one making reference to dogs, rasberries and the subsequent colour of excreta)

Fresca said...

DEANNA: Oh, sorry--I didn't think--I've changed the settings so only 25 posts show at a time, down from 100---that should make the site quicker to load.
Thanks for coming over to commiserate!

MOMO and all: Lesson learned: I bought an external hard drive. I don't know why I didn't have one all along.

MANFRED: Your question sent me off on a rant about cultural imperialism, which got its own post today. Thanks for asking!

RR: *Hi*! I'm so glad to see you over here!
Crushed to miss your thoughts on terrier digestive tracts though... (I didn't stick around long enough to know about the long-term results of raspberry eating.)

Jennifer said...

Oh, OH! My heart just plunched reading this post, thank goodness it wasn't totally catastrophic. *wipes brow*

Fresca said...

"plunched"!?! What a great word, Jen!