RE: Playing can you top that (was Re: #5 on the list of Low Stress Jobs)

Subject: RE: Playing can you top that (was Re: #5 on the list of Low Stress Jobs)
From: kathleen -at- writefortheuser -dot- com
To: "voxwoman" <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 07:04:01 -0700


I'd never before thought about how long it takes to make a commercial
movie or video. In the early days, it must have taken an incredible
amount of time.

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: Playing can you top that (was Re: #5 on the list of Low
> Stress Jobs)
> From: voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>
> Date: Fri, October 16, 2009 8:13 pm
> To: kathleen -at- writefortheuser -dot- com
> Cc: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>, KevinMcLauchlan
> <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, Technical Writing
> <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
>
>
> I was doing a multimedia CD-ROM about a decade ago. The machine we used for
> rendering video was an old spare PC (perhaps a 486?). We'd start the render
> (the videos were 3-5 minutes in length) when we left for the night, and on a
> good day, they'd be done in the morning when we got back into the office.
>
> You are actually running pretty fast for that kind of render time.
>
> I have a quad core processor with 4GB of RAM now. I can render 30 minutes of
> video in something like 15-20 minutes now.
>
> -Wendy
>
> On Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 8:55 PM, <kathleen -at- writefortheuser -dot- com> wrote:
>
> > I can top that, but it was a video (just over 1 hour) I was trying to
> > combine two sections into one, and it took over two hours to produce the
> > output file.
> >
> > Never could figure out if it was my system (home) or current
> > technologies. In case you know better, I'm a complete novice at working
> > with video.
> >
> > Kathleen
> >
> > > -------- Original Message --------
> > > Subject: Playing can you top that (was Re: #5 on the list of Low Stress
> > > Jobs)
> > > From: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
> > > Date: Fri, October 16, 2009 7:47 pm
> > > To: KevinMcLauchlan <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, Lauren
> > > <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
> > > Cc: 'Technical Writing' <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> > >
> > >
> > > Sounds like you had justifiable cause for janitor abuse.
> > >
> > > Problem with long-a** saves? How about long-a** compiles? I once did a
> > Java help system, using FrameMaker to create the content files and then
> > using first-generation WebWorks Publisher to condense a help system out of
> > them. The help had more than 300 pages (not counting the TOC and index) and
> > the content files all together were about 40MB. I was working on a machine
> > that had 64 MB of RAM. It took more than 45 minutes to complete one
> > compilation.
> > >
> > >
> > > --- On Fri, 10/16/09, Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Some of us are so stressed that we long for the old days
> > > > when the
> > > > biggest issue was merely a "Fatal Exception Error" that
> > > > wiped out a
> > > > day's work. Which reminds me of a time when I was
> > > > doing graphics work
> > > > with a non-profit client's aging system that required about
> > > > five minutes
> > > > to complete each save. I avoided saving often and a
> > > > janitor came by and
> > > > unplugged my computer so that he could use his
> > > > vacuum. I told him to
> > > > not do that and he, "It's OK." It wasn't OK.
> > > > The last save was not
> > > > exactly usable and it took awhile for me to recreate my
> > > > creative work.
> > > >
> > > > Lauren
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
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2009 tips, tricks, and best practices.
http://www.doctohelp.com/SuperPages/Webcasts/

Help & Manual 5: The complete help authoring tool for individual
authors and teams. Professional power, intuitive interface. Write
once, publish to 8 formats. Multi-user authoring and version control! http://www.helpandmanual.com/

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