Oddness with Old 8_mm Films
Thursday, June 5, 2014 10:46:07 AM
Another Very Odd Day.
i have this box of old 8_mm films; Mostly animations that i made in college or thereabouts, With clay or drawings, & they’ve been sitting here for years & years, & many years ago, i thought it might be fun to convert them to a digital format, So i looked into that, & for whatever reasons, it came to naught.
i think ( seem to recall ) that i couldn’t find anyplace that would do that, except for places far away, which i’d have to send them to, & then they’d send them back, & i would have much preferred to do it locally.
So i didn’t get that done.
But then— Recently; This urge hit me again, & i found a local place just a few blocks from here ( ! ) that would convert them for 35¢ a foot, which would have come to something less than $40 for 2 Rolls.
Which seemed very reasonable.
So after calling them up, i procrastinated for about a week & then took two rolls over to get them done.
When i first got there; There was a small amount of confusion in that they were in a side Unit from The ‘Main’ Building, which featured the Street Number; 719. So i checked in with The Clothing store there, & they directed me to The Unit around The Corner. It also had The Street Number 719 on it, & i mentioned that they should be 719-B & The Cashier Lady said that The City would Not Allow them to do that.
Which i interpreted to be Crazy Talk.
This should have been a prelude for What was to come, Because as my conference with The Cashier Lady ( Theresa ) & The Manager ( A Slope Headed, Thick Necked Lout that Loved, Loved, Loved to Yak & Yak & Yak ( ! ) ) proceeded; Everything they said was : Crazy Talk.
It should have been very straight forward, but they kept saying things, more & more things, that just didn’t make a lick of sense to me.
At Best— They were making this transaction much more complicated than it needed to be. Which may have been resolved much more easily if they were prepared to simply ask a few elemental Questions; Which they were Not Only Not Prepared to Ask;
And / But when i suggested that much of The coming confusion could have been avoided by asking some simple; Very Simple Questions, They were Adamant that they would Not.
[ They would Not! ]
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In The Beginning.
They said it would take 2_weeks; Which i’m always very suspicious of; Because if you get ‘behind’, you’re only going to keep falling farther & farther behind. You’re never going to ‘catch up’ unless all The customers that you suckered in during The first wave of business, became so fed up with you that they stopped bringing in new business.
But that’s a side issue.
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So; At first; it seemed to be going fairly straightforward, except That The girl behind The counter ( Theresa ) seemed ‘reluctant’ to take on my business. And by this; i mean that i clearly showed her my two reels & she began to explain what they could do with them, but i had to really press her to continue with The process of taking them.
Then; i forget how this came up exactly; i think i may have mentioned that i would like to re-edit them on iMovie when i got home, So it didn’t really matter that they’d be going onto a DVD with a Case & A Name on it. That was all completely irrelevant. When it came to making a Case or Presentation folder for them, i could easily do something like that myself, & do a much fancier job of it than The one that they were offering.
It was about at this point that i detected that it was possible that The format that she/they were going to digitize them into — Wouldn’t or Couldn’t be read by my Computer. ( ! )
They apparently had two or more different formats; One of which was for DVD Players only, & Another that could be read by a computer from A DVD or Flash Drive. i thought that The Flash Drive would be better, & i would buy one from them for something like another $20.
Then; Things continued to get even more ambiguous.
So i said in no uncertain terms that i wanted them in a format they i could load into my computer.
At this point; It may ( or may Not ? ) have made any difference what kind of computer or platform i had, but they were seemingly suggesting that it made all The difference in The world, But they never asked me what kind of computer i had, & later when i begged them ( The manager— that by this time had come over & shooed The Cashier away ) to just ask; What kind of computer i had, since it was apparently so important to this process— He became completely hysterical !
‘We’re Not Monkeys here that can be made to bark when we’re commanded to !’
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And i; for my 2¢ worth, just wanted these two film rolls to be digitized, So i was working very hard to smooth things over, But i was becoming increasingly frustrated when i asked again & again if The format ( M2TS : which i have no experience with, but he was sure it was The Industrial Standard ) would work in my MacBook & He Absolutely & Unambiguously Refused to give me A Straight Answer.
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i haven’t worked with Video very much, but i’ve opened iMovie, iMovie_HD, QuickTime & QuickTime-7 & played around with them, as well as using Garageband to edit sound tracks for films— So i’m Not Completely in The Dark concerning these things; But i have come away from these experiences with The Impression that these applications are Not always working on my side.
You can; for example, use Garageband to very precisely edit a film’s sound track, But when you export it to say; Flickr— There is a good chance that The Multiple Sound Tracks that you added to The Film, will somehow be forgotten ( ! ) So you have to do some crazy things ( import The Garageband version to iMovie, & Export it from there ! ) to fix this. ( ! )
Also; All of these Macintosh Apps seem to very strongly prefer certain Apple-Specific Formats, Such as .mov, .mov or .mov.
i can import .avi films from my Nikon Camera, but i have had iMovie turn away other formats.
So i was concerned about this.
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The Formats that i’m most familiar with are .mov, .avi, .M4v ( which i think is The Same as .MP4 ) & that’s it. So this talk about .M2TS sounded very scary.
It seems to me that if i wanted them in .mov or .avi or .M4v; They should have been able to accommodate me. ( ? ) But at The Time; i tend to be very naive about these things, & i wasn’t expecting there to be any sort of problem like this AT ALL ! ( ! )
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At another, previous point in this craziness, i was; ( had become complacent ) that it would work, & i asked him to just stop talking. He was just confusing me more. And of course; This only made him Way, Way more Hysterical.
At Various times ( more than once ) he essentially said that he didn’t want my business, then rescinded from this Position, But in The End— i was The one that tore up The Order form & just left.
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He was Not at all concerned ( ? ) when i said i had a pile of these 8_mm rolls at home, & it would have been several hundred dollars worth of business in The future.
For this Business; The Customer is Not always right, or even allowed clarity in what format The Material would be Converted to.
It seems to me that they should have asked me in No Uncertain Terms; What format & on What Medium i would like The Films to be Digitized into; But they had their own preset structure which was completely immutable.
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The Business is :
719 West Garland
Spokane Washington 99205
509- 290- 6076
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It might be fun for you to call them up & ask them for their impression of what happened yesterday ( Thursday; June 5th 2014 )
Then report that back to me, because The more i think about it, it all seems completely incomprehensible ( ? )
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Am i The Crazy One ( ? )