Annoying Production Problems

There are two things I hate when working in advertising and TV production related services.

1. Producers who submit incomplete requirements, then submit a completely revised list of semi-completed requirements much, much later on, so that the whole project needs to be revised one day before deadline. During Christmas break.

2. VTR technicians who don’t stripe their tapes, forget to lay-in a straight, uninterrupted timecode, and fail to add two seconds of head and tail time to each video clip. The tedious task of on-the-fly video encoding then falls to the editor, since the timecodes, jump cuts, and pauses-between-videos are simply too screwy to leave to automated batch processing — which needs straight timecodes and proper spacing between clips.

As I commence this work, I will soothe myself with Allegri’s Miserere, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Myers’ Cavatina, and Albinoni’s Adagio. I wish I had Rach’s Vespers on MP3, too. I sure could use some vespers. Seeing as how it’s 6pm, and I’m still at work.