"ah.. time we can save just by reading the manual Wink"
Well, I guess part of the problem is that I really just learn better by doing and thru repetition in most cases. I usually only refer to manuals and help files only when I really need to. Yes...I'm one of those people who sits down to put something like a bicycle or something together and doesn't look at the instructions until I realize somethings wrong...like when the handle bars are bolted to the seat post! LOL!!!
Part of my problem here is usually terminology and definitions though...for me, it's hard to look something up in the manual when you don't know what it's called or what to look for (such as the case with learning new software). Manual's aren't usually real good about listing things like "how to connect the doo-hicky" or "use this to adjust the thing-a-ma-bob". You can spend all day looking for the term "doo-hicky" in the manual's index, but you just can't find it anywhere! It's sort of like the old joke where a kid asks his father, "How do you spell anthropomorphism?" and his dad tells him to go look it up in the dictionary. The kid looks at his dad and asks, "How am I supposed to look it up if I can't spell it?"
. Anyways, I know there are people out there who sit down with the owners manual for a week or so before they ever even install a program like PhotoShop or Premier...I'm simply not one of them. I'm just one of those people who likes to dive right into something...it's just that sometimes I really need to learn how to swim...or at least tread water first.
"Google is my best friend when it comes to things like this..."
Hey Pat, I certainly agree with you 100%. Google -IS- probably the best tool out there. I think part of my initial problem simply comes down to what I said to Luca above...it's kind of hard to do a Google search on something, when you don't know what that "do-hicky" is actually called or what it actually does. It's like taking a person who is completely new to digital imaging and telling them that their image needs a "Levels adjustment" and they look at you and say "peachy...what the hell are levels?" LOL!!! To a person who is a complete newbie to digital imaging, the term "levels", which is so rudimentary to all of us who've been doing this for a while, doesn't mean a thing. In other words, if you don't know what levels actually are, let alone what they actually do or why you need them in the first place (other than maybe your image looks a little off), it's a little hard to do a search on Google to find out how to actually do it. Then once you discover what levels actually are, as your weeding thru alllllllllllll the information on "levels" in that Google search, you start running across things about "curves"...what? huh?? "I thought "curves" was something that refered to women??" LOL! Sooner or later, if you keep at it, it does "click" but sometimes it just takes a while. It's easy to forget that we were all newbies at this once.
There's also been a bit of an issue with the version of Premier that I'm running. It's an older version...version 6, and a lot of the stuff out there is about the newest version (CS3 I believe?). I keep forgetting to put the number "6" into my searches so I ended up with a lot of information that may or may not apply to what I'm doing...or trying to do...or learning how to do. I got this version from a buddy of mine...he own's a small audio/video production studio and I get a lot of his "hand me downs" when he upgrades things (well...software-wise at least). Free, registered copies...who can really complain (other than me of course, LOL). He and his wife inherited a small, but rather successful business from her father when he died, so money isn't really a big issue for him (yea...must be nice) and as a result, he's usually got the latest, greatest "toys" and such on his studio systems. When he called me a couple of weeks ago and asked me if I wanted his old Premier 6...well...I just couldn't pass it up. As I said originally, I've been playing with a couple of different software packages over the past several months trying to see what would work best for me since PowerPoint wasn't cutting it at all and as with photo editing, I just kept coming back to Adobe.
Anyways, I'm sure the both of you would agree though that as with PhotoShop, even with all of the books, manuals and internet searches your fingers can muster, there -IS- still a rather sizable learning curve to all of this. As with PS, there really is -A LOT- of stuff to learn here...stuff like video codecs for example is completely new to me. AVI, DiVX, MPEG (1, 2 and 4) and the related compression schemes of course. Frame rates, size ratios, transitions, rendering...it's a pretty big slice of pie to try and swallow all at once. Then there's the little detail things of working with video...like some fonts for example just don't translate well to a TV screen...something I learned the hard way! Don't even get me started on individual software issues...like why my audio/mp3 files seem to keep dropping out of the DVD menus or why my "reds" keep coming out a little "pink" because I don't have a reference monitor to do gamma corrections. Like I said...just lots and lots of stuff here to learn, I'm learning it on the fly and the data absorption rate of my brain really just doesn't keep up with the transfer rate of my harddrive or my internet connection any more! LOL! The technology is getting faster and more complicated, but my brain seems to be getting slower and slower...I'm sorry...what was I saying? LOL!!!
Of course that's why I'm working with my own material right now...trying to do slide shows of my own work and maybe a couple of video shorts and such. This way when it comes time to actually do something for a client, it won't be such a big deal. Hopefully by then I'll have all of this down to a art.
On top of all of that there was the spyware issue which just really put the stress levels right over the top. It was more than a little frustrating to have to switch gears from "student of video production" to PC technician at the drop of a hat like that. Dealing with things like viruses is a pain the the butt to begin with now a days, let alone having to do it while your learning something new and especially something intense and really involved like video editing. Just ain't nothing like having to drop everything your doing and have your PC out of commission for two days because of malicious software.
Anyways, like I said originally...this really isn't that
big a deal. I'm just venting more than anything. I've been pumping a lot of information into my poor, dysfunctional brain over the last couple of weeks and I just needed to release the ol' pressure valve for a bit.