I love to learn new things. I love to create things. I love to solve problems/puzzles. I set impossibly high standards for myself, and beat myself up for falling short of these standards. This makes it difficult when attempting new things, as I end up not allowing myself a reasonable learning curve.
A month or so ago, I was working on an animated GIF, and it ended up being rather long. Bccmee suggested I turn it into a mini-fanvid. I ran screaming for the hills – I wasn’t ready to start vidding! A few of my ArmitageWorld chat friends encouraged me to try it. I swore up and down that I would not make a fan video. Nope. No way.
In spite of myself, I started playing around with my overgrown GIF. It had been edited in Photoshop and I continued to tinker with the project. I got the clip to where I was pretty much happy with it and tried to export it. The image quality was terrible! I tried several different exporting options, and none of them worked for me. Here I was again, literally making myself sick over not being able to accomplish something (I really need to quit doing that – it’s not healthy!). I swore I was going to trash the whole project.
A few days later, I was angry at myself for giving up. I decided to try another option and it worked! Well, it’s not perfect, but it is better than the other versions. lol I used Photoshop to make an end credits clip, and Audacity to edit an audio clip for those credits. I imported everything into Windows Movie Maker to tie it all together.
My first ever fan video, uploaded to youTube:
The moral of this story: It takes time to learn new things, and to do them well? Never say never? Don’t give up? Done is better than perfect? It all works out in the end? Take your pick. 😀