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      Thursday, August 24, 2006

08:34 AM - 08/24/2006

The topic: Disney DVDs are done!


I got the last one done just before ten last night. 

What a load off that is.  This week I printed the labels on the disks (two in a set) and made the jewel case covers.  I was delighted yesterday morning to find that my new HP color laser printer automatically prints on both sides of a sheet of paper.  I was not delighted when I had to find out why I kept getting a paper jam message.  Took me close to an hour to figure that one out (there was some paper caught at the bottom of the feed tray, which I didn’t think to check).  Then the toner started to smear on the paper, both sides, which was totally unacceptable.  I threw out a lot of paper yesterday.  But the printer prints much more quickly than the inkjet does, so that was good.

And since I was doing it on specially coated paper, I couldn’t use my pre-perforated forms, I used the plain paper setting.  And I had to cut each sheet out individually.  I made some templates to use for cutting, but it took me a while to get them just right.  The front cover was nothing, I just used the guides I’d made previously on my cutter, but the back panel was a different situation.

But they’re done and I’m going to start sending them out to the folks who were there last year (and some to folks who weren’t, but wanted to be).

It was miserable hot in the office yesterday, too.  Three computers going, the sun hits this side of the house full on in the afternoon, no breeze to speak of, it was humid and I so wanted to go into the pool, but I knew if I stopped, I wouldn’t start again and I really wanted these things done.  I did take a break when Brian got home, got into the pool to cool off.  And Brian took care of dinner last night, made chili cheese omelets.  He cooked up some tomato and onion to put inside the omelet and boy, was that good.

I made sure all the black kitties were in before the light was gone from the sky (they’re the worst at coming in after dark, they turn feral or something) and ended up tossing Marco outside because he wouldn’t leave us alone.  That wouldn’t have been such an issue if he’d stayed with Brian, but he kept coming over to me and I didn’t want him on top of the things I’d printed out, leaving some sort of cat scuzz on them.  So, I finally picked him up (which he hates, he fights and squirms to be let down, and let it be known that he’s not the tiniest kitty cat in the world and it’s hard to hold on to him) , opened the screen door, and placed him on the mat outside of the office.  Then I shut the screen door.   Getting rid of him made it a lot easier to do what I had to do.

So, now I can get back on a regular schedule.

I imagine these DVDs are transfers from old home movies? That would be really cool to see. My folks have old super-8 footage of the park that I would LOVE to get on DVD. I guess I am going to have to break down and pay for the transfer myself.

Posted by Jeff @ Friday, August 25, 2006 - 2:15:49 PM

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Some were from old VHS movies, made back in the early 90s. The rest were the movies I took with my Canon digital and my Sony camcorder.

And stills from just about everyone who was there. 

The DVD burner I used was an external burner.  I used Adaptec’s VideOh to transfer the tapes to my hard drive and I used Sonic’s MyDVD for making the movies. I used Version 6.x because the newer version does not allow for importing stylesheets.  You can make your own stylesheets using Adobe Photoshop version 6.0 and up. Photoshop was way too pricey for my wallet, but I found a great deal on eBay for an “educational” version, brand new, never opened and it worked like a charm. (I like having control over all aspects of my work.)  I would have liked to be able to place video in the middle of the slideshows, but MyDVD does not allow for that (at least if it does, I couldn’t figure it out). 

I do have some other movie making software that I really should try out. If you’re a patient person and have a lot of extra time, I highly recommend making your own.

Since I’ve been accumulating my hardware and software, the financial impact wasn’t so bad.  Besides wasting a lot of time, the most material I wasted was the paper for the labels, because of operator error. :D

Posted by lisaviolet @ Friday, August 25, 2006 - 2:41:31 PM

I have made a few DVDs of old Wonderful World of Disney shows that featured Disneyland. (Disneyland Goes to the World’s Fair, Showtime Disneyland, Disneyland USA, etc.)

I use Ulead DVD MovieFactory 4.0, MediaStudio Pro 8.0, and VideoStudio 9 and 10, and Nero for burning. I also use Photoshop, but also sometimes use ACD See Pro.

It’s a lot of fun, but can be painful for my arm, neck, and shoulder. smile

Posted by Jeff @ Friday, August 25, 2006 - 5:19:57 PM

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My VHS videos were of the Skyway to Fantasyland, the Monorail to Tomorrowland via the OLD station (boy, do we miss the Monorail Cafe), and the PeopleMover.  I made a bonus disk of It’s A Small World Holiday and the 50th Believe in Magic Holiday Fireworks show that I took last December. I also took this picture of the Castle, I think it’s one of my favorite Disney pictures I’ve ever taken.

We’ve got Premium Annual Passports.  We go up a couple of times a year (rarely during the summer, too hot and too many people), but our big trip is in October.  This year we’ll be there from the 18th through the 23rd, staying at the Disneyland Hotel.  The past two years we’ve stayed at the Grand and we thought we’d do something different this year.

We got tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Treat for Friday night and Brian (my husband) is actually going to be in costume.  At this time, there will be twenty-five adults and one child in our group.  Lots of people. This will be our ninth year of meeting up and we keep thinking people will tire of it and drop out, but so far that hasn’t happened.  It just keeps getting bigger and bigger.  *lol*

Saturday we wear matching teeshirts (that I print up) and pinwheel headbands.  Even the guys.  Well, except for Brian.  He wears his cowboy hat.

The irony is I never really considered myself a people person.

I’ve got ULead’s VideoStudio v10, Sonic’s DVDIT, Roxio’s MyDVD v8 and I just got Nero 7 Ultra Edition ($51.47, $31.47 after a $20.00 rebate for having one of the competitor’s products).  I think it will be nice to be able to pick out which product I prefer for the job at hand. I had all sorts of problems with Roxio’s Easy Media Creator running on my desktops.  But no problem with it on the laptop.  Go figure.

Posted by lisaviolet @ Friday, August 25, 2006 - 7:50:19 PM

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