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:
I GIVE UP!
“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!