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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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August 20, 2008

DVD Editing Update #5 – EOY and International Week 2008

Okay pageant fans,

Its late but I wanted to give you a quick update on where we are at as of today – Wednesday at 11:30pm.

1)  Mr. and Miss International and Miss International Plus 2008 is finished.  If you preordered a copy – your DVD is in the mail on the way to you.  Three camera edits are always difficult and time consuming to do but we are finished and we think you will be happy with the results.  To my knowledge, the International Pageantry system is the first system to have a 3 camera filming of a pageant.  Couple that with a gorgeous theatre and you have a pretty nice pageant (in my humble opinion) to watch.  We hope you enjoy the DVD.

2)  EOY fans…I know you guys are chomping at the bit finding out when the DVDs will be finished.  Well Tropical Fay put us behind by a day with local power outages but never fear – after a couple cans of Monster energy drink (a sponsor of EOY hehe) – anyway – lots of energy to do a power edit today.  Luckily, I already had 8 hours of video uploaded to our workstation thanks to Adrian so that actually put me ahead of the ball game.  So for those of you who have not been following the blog – we start with a all video, then combing and editing the two camera shots, then dropping in the graphics and names, then applying color corrections and audio corrections where necessary, then creating the first draft files to be put together for the final edits.

3)  Thursday night of Mr. EOY is done.  The only thing I have left to do is to create an intro to the video.  The first hour of Friday night is done through Sashay Lorez (contestant number 11).  Tomorrow  I will finish the rest of Friday and then I have to upload Adrian’s Saturday camera so that will take about 4 hours.  Thursday is also the day I update the Podcast Network and we do the live Pageant Soup Podcast Show (Thursday’s show will have Simba R Hall as our guest) so I will have to stop editing after about 8 hours or so.  So that is where we are at.

4)  I have everybody’s pre-order all set up and ready to go – there are a couple of you that I still have to charge but I have your info so you are okay.  Other than that, it looks like we are back on schedule despite some delays. 

5)  The good thing is that the wedding I had prior to EOY and International Week, I am still waiting on the bride to get me some pictures to finish her video so I have only had to stop once from editing the pageants to work on their video – so pageant fans caught a break which is good.

More news to come soon.  Thanks everybody for your patience.  It’s coming….I promise.

Thomas

August 16, 2008

DVD Editing Update #4 – EOY and International Week 2008

You ever have that feeling when you just want to throw your computer out a 5 story building?  There is nothing like pushing the limits of your computer and I have definitely done that with finishing up with International Week.  For those of you who was at the International Week pageant on Saturday, you know that was a lonnnggg night because the Plus competition was also with the prelim competition of the Mr and Miss.  Well I had over 5 1/2 hours on the timeline with 3 cameras and tons of color correction that eats up more hard drive space than termites eat wood.  I never thought I would be saying that 600gb of hard drive space is not enough but I think I would be happy with a couple of terrabytes – but I digress. 

For the news you want to hear….I am one day ahead of schedule and I should be finished with the DVD encoding for Plus competition within a couple of hours today (Saturday).  I have finished prelim of Mr. and Miss so the entire Mr. and Miss competition is now completed.  Later on this evening I will prepare everyone’s order who pre-ordered a copy and it will go in the mail on Monday (sorry no mail delivery on Sunday).  Everything will go by USPS priority mail so you should get it in 2 to 3 days.  We are happy with the look of the video – The Center Stage Theatre is a BEAUTIFUL place to film so the quality of the video in our opinion is excellent – we also are doing some new things with DVD menus and DVD packaging that we think you will like – nothing major but its the little things that we hope make a difference.

EOY is still on schedule for next week so EOY fans hang in there – you are next.

More news to come soon.

Thomas

August 6, 2008

DVD Editing Update #2 – EOY and International Week 2008

Here is some updated information as of Wednesday Aug. 6th.

1)  Mr. and Miss International Finals night is done.  DVD prep and duplication will occur this weekend.  If you ordered finals night only, it will go in the mail on Monday August 11th.

2)  I am currently uploading all cameras for Friday and Saturday night (Mr/Miss Prelim and Plus competition).  I will work on the Plus competition next and then the prelim for Mr/Miss.

3)  Trailer for Finals night of Mr/Miss International should be up by next week.  Sorry for the delay.

4)  EOY editing begins next week.  If you were a constestant and you have the actual video for your presentation and/or talent and you want that original footage included in the final DVD, please email us at: ccevideo@empirevideoproductions.com or give us a call at: 305-695-0095 so I can give you instructions on where to send the video.

5)  If you attempted to get on Planet Q TV within the last couple of hours, the database server was down.  That is why you did not see the home page.  The server has been restarted and all is well now.  Make sure you check out the trailers for EOY and International Week – also check out the new videos uploaded by one of our content producers – Drag Queen Posse.

6)  There are 3 customers out there who still need to call our office to confirm their order they placed with us at the night of EOY.  I have emailed each of you.  Please give us a call or email us or we can not process your order.

That’s it for now pageant fans.  More coming soon.

Thomas

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