When I’ve been faced with something that’s annoying and frustrating — trying to find a parking space in Manhattan in an unwelcoming hour — after attempting everything plausible and reasonable, I have been known to say I GIVE UP! at high volume several times.  More often than not, just the dramatic pretense of a man ready to do the desperate act of overpaying for parking helps . . . a spot opens up.  The loud enactment of theatrical despair seems to help. 

So I am trying it here:


“What is he complaining about?” you might ask.  It’s a technical problem.  I came back from the 2010 Whitley Bay International Jazz Festival with a new Panasonic HD video camera full of jazz videos — over one hundred fine performances.  And I began to download (or upload) them to YouTube, thence to this blog for all to see.  This worked wonderfully well in the US, and it worked — poorly and painfully slowly — in the UK.  It took something like three days to download four clips by the Hot Antic Jazz Band.  Then, here in Oxford, where the wireless broadband seems swift, nothing . . . either YouTube takes twelve hours to load a five-minute clip and then tells me (in my favorite new redundant phrase) “length of clip is too long” or it loads a clip in eight hours and then the video is out of synch with the audio, creating an impossible-to-watch spectacle.

If this latest batch of clips doesn’t load, I’m taking my clips and going off to do something else.  I’m going on strike.  You’ll see the Whitley Bay performances — starting in September. 

I will be grateful for any technical suggestions, but must say that I am hopeless at this: my dear friend Elin Smith tried to explain it to me, but her clear email had me converting formats back and forth until I was dizzy.  Pretend you’re writing to someone who hasn’t converted video files before . . . and sorry for the delay!

5 responses to ““I GIVE UP!” SAID VERY LOUDLY

  1. Doug Pomeroy


    Breathe deeply, and know that you are not alone.

  2. Thank you, Master! That takes care of the spiritual end of things quite nicely. Now . . . for the rest?

  3. Stompy Jones

    Have you tried synching your hyperflex dynanometers with your camera?

  4. Andreas Kågedal

    Having missed the festival, I am really looking forward to the videos from Whitley Bay. I particular I’m hoping you filmed the Bent Persson’s New York Orchestra. But looking at the program, everything looks really great. I can’t wait.

    The computer files generated from the video camera are very large, especially if you are filming in HD. Transferring them over a mobile broadband will certainly take a very long time. Most likelly, you have much faster connection at home. And possibly they are too large for YouTube to handle as well. When I look at the YouTube upload page it says that the file cannot be larger than 2GB and not longer than 10minutes. I suspect that your clips are larger than 2GB. If so, you have two problems:
    1) slow (not fast enough) network connection
    2) too big files for YouTube.

    Going back home to NY and your normal internet connection you will solve 1 but not 2.

    The only solution would be to convert the files to a more compressed format and possibly lower resolution (I would suggest that HD is not really necessary for YouTube. You can have much lower resolution and still get a very good quality. )

    In the long run you might want to turn the movie format down a bit in you camera as well. 720p is certainly good enough for YouTube.

    Unfortunately, I wont be of much help for the actual conversion of the move files. Perhaps there are some info on the YouTube help pages for how to do this in a good way.

  5. Dear Andreas,
    I can’t tell you how comforting your advice is – – – it’s always nice to know that you, yourself are not the problem! I have always been able to upload ten-minute clips to UY with a speedy New York connection, so that will be a comfort. I might try to turn the resolution down, but so often I am recording in dark situations (i.e., The Ear Inn) so I wonder what decreased resolution would do. As your (and my and other people’s) reward, I must tell you that Bent is my hero, so I recorded every song at his Red Allen tribute, where he played like a supercharged hot angel. I assure you that I will download all nineteen tunes . . . and just to make you sit on the edge of your chair, I must tell you that Bent and Jean-Francois Bonnel did WHO’S SORRY NOW, I WOULD DO MOST ANYTHING FOR YOU, and YES, SUH! in emulation of the 1932 Rhythmakers. Dreams do come true! Gratefully, Michael

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