Usefulness vs. use

Another tech dilemma:

I want to make more Sidepodcast Diary episodes. They are designed to be quick and easy to produce with minimal effects. The very essence of the Diary is that it’s just an upload to YouTube and that’s it. No RSS feed, no fuss, it’s a snapshot of life behind the scenes at Sidepodcast.

I have been using a little camera, now I’ve been using my mobile and the quality is acceptable if not great. I import the raw footage and edit it in Adobe Premiere Elements.

I can just about get what I want done – the most recent uses some black and white, a little bit of texture, some speeded up stuff – all the basics.

But there are limitations. I can’t vary the volume of audio, it only allows a fade in and a fade out. There aren’t that many effects, and they’re not that easy to control.

Maybe I need something better than Elements.

If we ignore the fact that I’m going to buy a Mac this year, I’m now in a dilemma. I can’t justify spending money on editing software because I don’t use it enough to make it worthwhile. But at the same time, maybe I don’t use it as much as I might because I can’t always do what I want. If I had more options to be more creative, perhaps there would be more diaries.

As always, I’m assuming that the Mac is going to solve this problem and be the answer to my prayers.

5 thoughts on “Usefulness vs. use

  1. Yay! More sidepodcast diaries! 🙂 I am having the same dilemma with Photoshop. I have a very old version of Photoshop that I use quite regularly. But do I buy the most up to date one, because I would be better enabled to edit my photos. The question is would I use it anymore than I already use Photoshop? I think maybe I would. I would feel more inclined to take more time in editing my photos. 🙂

  2. i have finally decided that i will – some time this year get the new photoshop. Seeing as i am to start up my photography Alevel again (after having a year off to concentrate on my other exams) meaning i will be doing an A2. Also i am hopeing to take more photographs as a form of escape from exams and stress. Im hopeing on attending Goodwood this year for the first time and i would love to have a better editting software just in case my photographs need editting because of bad lighting etc. its also vital Mr button looks his best! 😉

  3. Ah, well, you will have a blast at Goodwood and take tons of photos.

    Let’s be honest though, Mr Button always looks his best 🙂

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