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August 22, 2008

DVD Update #6 – Entertainer of the Year

Hey pageant fans – this post is long – grab a drink, a cup of coffee and away we go,

About to call it for a day tonight but wanted to let you know where we stand.  The Mr. portion of the DVD is 80% complete.  All of the Thursday competition is done, the Creative Formal Wear from Friday night is done.  I just have to add swimwear and crowning that was done on Saturday and do an intro for the video then the Mr. DVD will be complete.  As many of you are aware, the Mr. portion of the competition ran almost day and date as the Miss portion of the contest.  So for Friday and Saturday, I will have to pull those portions out of the Miss and compile them as disk 2 for the Mr. EOY DVD.

Friday is done for the Miss portion which covered Creative Presentation for all contestants and Talent & Question and Answer.  Talent was for contestants #1 (Daphne Ferraro) thru contestants #13 (Amber Stone).  Question and Answer was for contestants #14 (Rachael Erikks) thru contestants #27 (Feleasha Savage).  What I am doing before I end tonight (it’s already almost 9pm) is to build the individual files (from the edited timeline) that will be used to compile the Final Friday DVD for the Miss.  So it looks like Disk 1 for Friday will be the opening number and Creative Presentation.  Disk 2 for Friday will be Question & Answer and Talent. 

Why do we spread it out over 2 disks?  Our DVDs are produced on DVD-5 type disk – these disks only hold roughly 2 hours of compressed video.  However, we try not to push to close to the 2 hour mark as the more you put on a disk, the higher the compression, the less detail in the quality.  While most people probably could not tell that much difference between 1 hour and 45 minutes on a DVD vs 2 hours – I can tell so I don’t do it.  Plus, for some reason this year – the guys on the lights at Club Connection thought it was Disco Night circuit 1970 and was killing me with the lighting (sorry guys but this year was a tad disappointing) so I would rather compressed for better quality than content.  Unfortunately, to put pageants on DVD-9 type disk at 3+ hours is just not cost effective and you would be paying a much higher price to purchase your DVDs.  While I know it is more convenient for you to not have to swap disk after disk – we have always felt that price was more important.  I don’t believe in selling pageant videos more than $60 (not including taxes and shipping & handling) so I am committed to keeping our prices affordable.  Gas prices are up – our prices are not!!!

So what’s on tap for tomorrow?  I already have one camera capture for Saturday’s filming.  I have to capture (ingest) the other camera – so that’s 5 hours I have to move to the workstation.  Once that’s done, I will sync both camera shots and then watch all 5 hours to edit the raw footage in a two-camera shot.  I will start on the 2-camera edit tomorrow but probably won’t finish.  Sunday I will wrap up the 2-camera edit, do audio adjustments, drop in the graphics & titles and prepare the files for the final DVD.  If all goes well, Saturday’s filming and editing should be done Sunday night.  Wash, rinse and repeat for the Finals night which will take place on Monday and Tuesday (although instead of capturing 5 hours – I have to capture 10 hours of video – 2 cameras).  So let’s see – Wednesday – Video intros, Finalize final files, DVD author and encode – Thursday – put orders together, print DVD covers, make 100 copies of all three nights (that’s printing 100 DVD covers, duplicating 600 Disks and labeling 600 disks) – creating over 85 mailing labels and drag it all to the post office – and since everyone else is working on other projects – I have to do all of this BY MYSELF.  Hmmmm…I think I was telling you guys Wednesday I was going to mail the DVDs – NOPE…ain’t goin happen (LOL – sorry) – more like Friday & Saturday & Monday.

So, if everything goes as plan – Friday’s deliveries will consist of all Pre-Orders placed before June 30th, 2008.  Saturday’s deliveries will consist of all Pre-Orders placed between July 1 and July 31st.  Monday’s deliveries will consist of all regular priced orders from Aug. 1 through the present.

Okay that’s it for now…more later.  Have a great night.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Thomas

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