So uh. I've been doing a lot of video editing lately, of course (for the music video I'm trying to release soon), and I've had to relearn several huge concepts, and discover some new ones. The major thing on my mind right now is something called "Intermediate Codecs" more or less. Basically, you know how you watch a movie file on your computer? And you know how the file size is all small-ish and compressed and stuff, while still looking good? That's called a delivery codec... basically your movie/pics are compressed to be as small as possible while still looking good, so your hard drive doesn't fill up too fast, or so your browser can download it somewhat quickly.
The thing about delivery codecs, though, is that they take a huge hit in quality when they're rendered. You usually don't notice... but say you had to render something several times, like for instance with what I'm doing - I have to render my video files once to add some motion stabilization and some noise reduction, another after the files have been edited into the actual video, and a 3rd time after I try to color grade them. After 3 renders, the quality starts to look really crappy. Its like a copy of a copy of a copy. And if I were to add special effects and stuff, there would be even more intermediate renders required, especially when you consider that there are many special FX programs that do different things that you might have to use. [...]
I know I know. Silly blog topic... Sorry in advance.
Anyway, I'm up late at home tonight, still trying to finish a philosophy paper, and the paragraph I just wrote attempts to use something I learned in Quantum Physics to justify some philosophies written by a man named Descartes. Then, being the procrastinator I am, I decided to turn to my twitter friends instead of actually finishing my paper.
I asked "We are all at least 99.9999% empty space. True or false?", and now everyone is beeping my timeline with answers. So far none of you guys got the right answer! What gives!? [...]
I just found out yesterday that William Shatner unfriended me on facebook. No, I'm not talking about his fan page. I mean I was on his actual friend's list... the personal one. Did you guys know that celebrities do this sometimes? They make a "Like" page, but then they also go around letting people add them on their personal page, thinking everything will be okay, and then eventually facebook is like "Hey bitch, 5,000 friends max!" and the celebrity has to start unfriending people. At least I'm hoping that's what happened. It also could have been that I repost a lot of Takei updates haha... or maybe some anti-bible stuff, or some Mayan ribbers, I dunno. [...]
Hello my tweeps! If you're reading this, you're probably interested in trading #FollowFriday shout outs. Every Friday, I'll do a twitter search for people who have given me follow friday shouts, and then return the favor. If you want in on this, simply tweet the following:
#FollowFriday #FF @mikeperalta
or something even better:
#FollowFriday #FF @mikeperalta <--- This guy rocks! Listen to his music beeeeshes!
*** Click here *** to send a pre-written tweet. Don't worry, twitter will ask you to read it and confirm before it's actually posted. [...]
I'm about 5 months late in getting to this story, but Adam Yauch is dead. Adam was also known as MCA, a founding member of the Beastie Boys.
A tumor was discovered in his salivary gland in 2009, and he had been in treatment ever since that time. He was 47 years old.
Here's an official statement released by The Beastie Boys:
It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam 'MCA' Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer
Steven Tyler recently made a comment during a recent conference call this Thursday with the press that Aerosmith might go independent for future releases. He is quoted as saying:
if the band stays together, yeah, we'll definitely go that route, something somewhere over there. We've been keeping record companies stocked with millions of shekels for years, been making a lot of people rich -- not that we haven't, but every now and then you get into arguments with labels (and) you think, 'Where is all this money going?' We've definitely thought of putting stuff out. I was very successful last year with a (single) called 'It Feels So Good.' It proves it can happen.
After that, in a separate statement, Joe Perry stated that Columbia had always been supportive in the band.
This is kind of confusing to me, because I was under the impression that after a certain amount of financial success, most or all big bands just automatically went independent. Is that just me? I thought that the biggest reason you go with a major label is big $$$ backing you up... but once you have enough cash to promote yourself, hire all your own 3rd parties, etc, then it would be worth it to split with them simply because they take such a huge cut of your money. [...]
Lady Gaga recently threw up, puked, ralphed, right at the opening to her song "I'm on The Edge". Her backup dancer noticed and looked a little concerned, but when Gaga immediately continued with her performance, they both jumped back into action. It was kind of .... very cool and professional.
Now a lot of people are trying to say she got busted for lip syncing because clearly you can hear her voice over the PA while she is throwing up. I have two comments:
Since when is it unacceptable to lip sync during pop music performances? The show/performance as a whole is usually much much more than just their singing or instrumentation
Some of her fans are claiming that the beginning vocals where she sings "I'm on the edge" are actually supposed to be on a track, as they're just background before she gets into her actual singing
Come on now, I know a lot of you are Kelly Clarkson fans. I still like to hum "Since you've been gone" from time to time. Anyway, it seems Kelly Clarkson is releasing a "greatest hits" package on November 19th, 2012, which will contain a number of unnamed tracks, but basically her greatest hits, probably like "Since You've Been Gone", "Miss Independent", and "My Life Would Suck Without You".
She is also including 3 unreleased tracks including her new single "Catch My Breath", which should hit radio and other stuffs Tuesday.
Dudes... can you believe its been 10 years already!? I still feel like yesterday we were watching her on American Idol... and also thinking that Idol didn't make long-lasting stars, yet here we are. Dang. [...]