Monday, September 29, 2008

My Macintosh Adventure

So, for EDU 305 we have to do a video project. The school provides the cameras, the software to edit, everything (except the tape). That sounds simple enough, right? WRONG! The cameras don't do digital, so I HAVE to buy the tapes (which also means downloading in real time; ten minutes of video=ten minutes of download), I can't store it on a SD card (very inconvenient and time consuming), and (the clincher here) the software we have to use is iMovie. That's right, we are being forced to use Macs. Now before all of you who faithfully love Macs (Alicia) don't get your panties in a knot--hear me out. Macs are good computers. They are slim and sleek and they most definitely can get the job done. Personally, though, I prefer Macs. I am not saying one is better than the other. I am saying one is better than the other for me. Meaning that in regards to my needs and my desired user experience, a PC suits me better. If you are a Mac person, all the more power to you. I am of the belief that Mac and PC users do not have to go to war over which is better (can't we all just get along?). To each his own. So anyway, I have to upload and edit all of my video to the Macs in the Media Lab, edit on their hours with iMovie and create my desired project. I'm not very happy with this. Today in class, just playing with iMovie and the built in web cam, the computer froze. I hadn't even gotten into heavy duty editing or anything yet. Now I'm sure this could have been because they are a school computer loaded with crap. I am not complaining about all Macs in general, just the ones in the Media Lab. Needless to say, I feel some cheating coming on. The odd of me uploading and editing on my lap top and then transferring it to the Mac are very high. I'll save myself from the stress of the University Macs.
This short video is the product of my 50 minute class period. It documents today's journey through iMovie. There is no sound, so below will be a corrisponding description.

BOO EDU 305 from Jessia Davis on Vimeo.
The phases of Media Lab Mac use
1. Unhappiness--thumbs down on having to use Macs, but we'll give it a try
2. FRUSTRATION--really? You're going to freeze AGAIN, iMovie? Really?
3. Disappointment--I just realized I have to create a 4 minute video this way...No bueno.

Monday, September 8, 2008

For EDU 305...

...I had to create a second blog.
It's all about technology in the classroom.
It's pretty boring, but through it you can find everyone else in the class' blog. Theirs are much more interesting.

p.s. I'll update soon with something exciting--just give me some time. My computer doesn't work so I have to fix that problem before I fix my blog.