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.