USA wins World Team Trophy
Asada announces pending retirement, Chock & Bates music
ISU warns members against competing in Dubai
Current & upcoming shows
Yankowskas off IcePartnerSearch
Hard jumps and a few messes at Four Continents
ISU lowers tech score minimums for Worlds
Plushenko out of Worlds, Russian men must all contend at Russian Cup Final
Junior Worlds roster released
Davis & Ladwig confirm breakup
Bavarian Open & Dragon Trophy
Challenge Cup roster released
Oksana Baiul sues Disson
At one point I thought this might be the first of the new audio posts to be delayed until Monday, though it instead proved the first one I had to cut down, since while I’m allowing myself to be more flexible about length, I still want to keep them to under twenty minutes. All this while trying to record and edit around the International Classic, and when as a result, I couldn’t finish scripting until after 9 tonight, after I’d mostly edited together everything that came after my opening accounts of the senior competitions! September 10-16, 2012
And then I must decide whether or not I will let IceNetwork renew my subscription even though we’re now getting a lot less thanks to Universal Sports holding Grand Prix coverage hostage to their wish to be added to more providers. I’ll probably give in, though, if only because the events still being covered are the ones I’ll be home to watch more of. Not to mention doing this I need all the resources I can get: July 30-August 5, 2012
By the way, anyone know a good freeware audio editor? I’m about to run out a free trial and trying to find one earlier really did drive me bats. I need it to be able to perform simple tasks, such as attaching .wma files to each other consecutively(which Audacity seemed strangely unable to do…), and then have sections removed. Being able to amplify(I actually amplified the Medal Winners open section on this file, first time I’ve ever done that) and tell exactly where in the timeline certain sounds are would be good bonuses. Meanwhile, I at least had the trial software for the all important Grand Prix week episode: May 21-27, 2012
I really should’ve done this all last night. But I held out until this morning, hoping to get maybe a little footage of the Canadian free skates, or at least a full list of the 4CC/Junior Worlds team. Though waiting did mean reporting Savchenko & Szolkowy’s withdrawal from Euros, but the only thing that allowed me to finish the editing this morning was expected icy conditions(which didn’t seem to manifest) letting me leave for work and hour and half late, and even then it was still saving(though at least it did so without complications, which really surprised me; I was in such a hurry I almost didn’t try to save to an smaller size and quality sound first), so I could only upload it now. I was dreading it being blocked, but instead it wasn’t claimed at all.
And I don’t start working now for two more weeks, but this weekend(and today) was so crazy I wondered how I was to get this vidoe completed. At least it saved to a usable format immediately for the first time in months! Though the ISU claimed copyright. They haven’t blocked it anywhere, but there may be advertisements.
One would think that after a hectic weekend of continually watching the Quebec Summer Skate because the Thornhill stream kept having problems, and a video chock full of too many headlines where I nonetheless couldn’t resist the golden opportunity to yell “MAY DAY! MAY DAY!”, it would have been events enough. And when the video wouldn’t save at first, that should have definitely been enough. But then when I saved it to a huge-ass DV-AVI file and attempted to convert a smaller one, it wouldn’t convert. I finally sweated out the ETA on the iPodME steadily going in the wrong direction, freeing up computer memory in a desperate attempt to get it finished before it stalled, and finally had a file YouTube would take. At least it didn’t get blocked anywhere(it’s embarrassing to report on All That Skate without any footage of Yu-Na, but whatever keeps you viewable), but I think the sound problems must be in the DV-AVI creation, and I ended up spending another half hour adding annotations where information had gotten too garbled, panicking when I thought they hadn’t saved, and finally realized I needed to click on the Publish button. So here it is, and I am going to bed.