I'll Be Dead

Blade Brilliant: I'll Be Dead
January 8, 2018

I've had the glamor and the perks and the notoriety and it was really for not that great a reason.

Radio Disc Jockey. Thirty years.

Who cares about a radio disc jockey? Now I am a bland professional video editor, with a wonderful video editing service in my own home. I am fabulous at editing HD video and even 4K Ultra (which the world isn't ready for), something I've been messing around with since the turn of the century when we could do it all at home. Then it was a hobby, now it's not.

The first digital photo I ever took in 2001 was from a Fujifilm square camera, something like this one, but older.

And when I saw the photo I took in the preview window, I was amazed.

Oh! Well looka there!

The photos looked great when you saved them on your floppy disc and even ok on that inter-web, but they were all so squashed (nothing's changed), the fun wore off quickly.

And so now we have a high definition video quality we can enjoy through these incredible HD cameras that look like a Sony Rebel but shoot video with almost alarming clarity. I am using a Canon 70D and I am thrilled with it.

So to edit it's video, there are hundreds of video editing software programs that are out there, and I have the luxury of playing around with the same software since they went through and conquered the battle with that Vista operating system.


Now owned by Corel.

I bought Pinnacle 4 I think, now I am up to Pinnacle 21 Ultimate and I ain't changing now. It's taken 16 years to get this far and I don't have sixteen left, probably. My goodness, if I dedicated myself to knowing Adobe After Effects or Premiere Pro like my Pinnacle, I'd have to start now and I'd be dead by the time I figured out how to erase the background from a backyard barbecue party video.

Would anyone believe I did this Travers Lasik Vision Correction explainer with Pinnacle/Avid?

Don't believe it because I did this with After Effects. I do know that stuff well, but still. There's so much to say for a program you know backwards and forwards. I am so lucky that Pinnacle is dedicated to keeping up, they could have bailed when the lemming novice video editors all went to their holier-than-thou Adobe editing software and all this MAC stuff.

As a professional video editor, I will definitely say that all the MAC/Adobe software provides an opportunity for editing technique unlike most, but there aren't enough hours in the day or days left in the year, or years left in your life, to learn it all.

Unless you are about eight years old.

Pinnacle has made learning so easy. Mac/Adobe has not. I don't care how many tutorials there are out there.

The world hasn't figured itself out yet, it changes too quickly. For now, I'm happy with the progress of Pinnacle/Avid, they are progressing nicely at MY pace in this new world. I'll never catch up to all the Mac/Adobe products or whatever it is called. You just keep buying and updating and upgrading 'till bankruptcy.

I'll be happy when I'm dead and gone. One more video editor down the drain not having made a difference at all. But happy to make a nice living at home where I can smoke as I please.

Cause of death? Death by upgrade.

Yeah and I still don't get why they call me a "non-linear" video editor. It all looks like it's in a line to me. It's called a timeline.

A Death Defying Act

"A Death Defying Act"

 January 1, 2018 1/2 Featured Posts

 Bob "the Blade" Robinson

 The comedy profession.

 Ask comedian Frank King about it. He'll tell you all about it and yes, he'll be here all week. Frank and I had a conversation about five years ago and in general it was about mental health. I come from a family chock full of mental health issues yet I stop short of using the word "riddled". With a mentally ill father who passed away at 46 and a brother who"suffers from schizophrenia", I have plenty to offer in a conversation as such.

And apparently as a comedian, Frank has plenty to offer also.
I mean, who would ever think that the people who make us the happiest in the world by making us laugh could in actuality be an incredibly depressed lot themselves? As a mental health comedian (possibly the first using that nomenclature), the niche is based on very funny professional associates and friends of Frank who told their stories to him of ending it all. As I recall, most of his recounts of these friends ends with "and then I took a look at my kids".


 I've always said if the pain is too much that you can't bear to continue breathing, then go ahead and "self-terminate" as my radio contract language always states.

 Ok. So it IS selfish. So what.

 But the issue of that thought is this....the thought of it being too much to bear and you're going to off yourself, usually passes! And then it returns, and then it passes again. Maybe so often, that you get used to it? I don't know, I'm not incredibly depressed enough to end my life, although I have been. 

But that was only after a fifth of Pepe Lopez.

YOU drink a fifth of that stuff. Believe me, you'll know what I'm talking about.

 "Choosing to live on, is a death defying act" says Frank King. Brilliant. Perfectly brilliant.

Take a look at my Warehouse Interview with Frank himself and how he has the story of the hilarious heart attack he suffered through recently. How can you go wrong with the old "probe in the femoral artery" material?? Tragedy begats comedy, but you have to give it time. Frank said that. Or something a lot funnier than that. -Blade