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It’s been pretty hectic this last week. Had quite a few gigs this week, and the big one is almost finished. Should be done this afternoon at the latest. Once it’s done and uploaded, I’ll be posting links so that you guys can all watch them and comment and hopefully get them into the finals.

I shot a comedy show, Humor for Heroes, last Monday and am in the process of finishing that up. Wednesday was Corridor, which I haven’t even touched yet, and last night (and tonight) I shot for Gy Odom and Curtis Hammill. And I’ll get to that after the other two gigs are done.

And next Friday I have another comedy gig to shoot at Hotties Bar and Grill in San Antonio. It’s a new venue for me, so I’ll have to leave early so I can figure out what I need to do to set up properly.

And right now, I’m looking into selling my Canon XL2 and getting a Canon T2i. There are a few reasons as to why I want to do this. One, it’s full 1080p HD video for less than $900. Even the cheapest 1080p pro camcorders start at $2500. And if I want to get that ‘film’ look that the DSLRs get, I have to buy an adapter and then buy lenses. So, I could get a good rig for about $1500 with DSLR, or I could get something equivalent using an HD camcorder for about $7500. Even if math isn’t your strong suit, it should be fairly evident which is a better deal.

Another thing to consider is the media. Right now, I’m shooting on tape. Which is okay, but for every minute of video I take, I have to spend a minute capturing it to the computer. So, if the gig is a 2 hr comedy show, I have 2 hrs of video I have to play onto the computer. THEN, I can start editing.

With DSLR, I just take the SDHC card and pop it into the computer and can begin editing in seconds. And, if I’m shooting something with multiple takes, I can review the clips and only put those clips onto the computer.

Even with the HVX200a, the P2 cards are expensive compared to the same size SD card. So what’s the point?

Size. My XL2 is arguably the best Standard Definition camera on the market. There aren’t many SD cameras out there that are better. When I show up to a shoot with my XL2 and people see me piecing it together, they are impressed. I never fail to get a compliment when I’m out (unless I’m doing the normal gigs, and people are used to it).

However, if I showed up with what amounts to a still camera, people aren’t as impressed. In their heads, it’s a still camera. It’s not a video camera. It’s not impressive. Yes, it’s nicer than their little point and shoot jobber, but it’s not an intimidating impressive machine. It’s something they think they can get off the shelf at BestBuy. Which technically they can.

So what’s next week? The normal gigs, editing these vids, and hopefully getting a new T2i…


I bought the HD-DVD drive for the Xbox 360. I paid $35 for it. Sam’s Club was clearing them out. I actually got their last two and gave the other to a good friend of mine. I was pleased.

And about a year later, the Format Wars ended. HD-DVDs lost. Blu-ray won. I was disappointed, but also happy.

HD-DVD on the left, Blu-ray on the right, here I am... stuck in the middle.

HD-DVD needed extending claws to beat Blu-ray.

I have bought more HD-DVD discs since the end of the format wars. Sure, they’re harder to find in retail outlets, but I happened to buy 5 or 6 from Goodwill for $4 each. I found MI:3 at Half Price Books – before the end of the format wars, mind you – for $9. And occasionally, I find some good deals. Sometimes the movie itself isn’t that great, but when you can get HD for less than regular DVDs, it’s almost worth it.

I can't quit you.

HD-DVD, I cain't quit you.

I live really close to Half-Price Books. I swing in there from time to time to see what’s going on. Slowly, they’ve been getting more and more HD-DVDs. I’ve noticed that they’ve been adding more and more titles. There are even two copies of Brokeback Mountain!

But there’s one problem –


What the heck, HPB? Do you somehow think that these are now “Collector’s Items?” Are they now somehow worth more because there aren’t as many now? How is it that every other outlet getting rid of these things are practically paying you to take them off their hands, but you HPB, are looking to score major loot of these things.

Little tip – If you have a lot of copies of a particular movie sitting on your shelf in DVD format, then you’re not going to move too many copies of the SAME movie in HD-DVD format. Especially when you can get two or three copies on DVD for the price of the ‘obsolete’ HD-DVD version.

Gallon of Pennies

How much is in this jug? Over 20 HD-DVDs!!!

Here’s the thing – you can buy HD-DVD movies at for PENNIES!!! PENNIES, I say! I paid $30 forTransformers when it came out. Now you can buy it online for less than a DOLLAR!

Why would I spend $20 on an HD-DVD movie at HPB, when I could spend $20 on Amazon and get almost 10 movies for the price, INCLUDING SHIPPING!!!

Okay, so maybe I’m a little annoyed, but shouldn’t I be? I mean, you can buy VHS tapes for a dollar almost anywhere you go. In fact, a lot of places will just give you the VHS tape if you even look in its general direction.

And yes, I’m annoyed at Blu-ray. I don’t think it’s a better quality. I don’t think there’s more to a Blu-ray movie than anywhere else. Some people tell me that BR holds more. That’s cool, but how many deleted scenes can a person watch? I mean, they were deleted for a reason, right? I’ve watched deleted scenes, alternate endings, and cast commentary.

IT DID NOT ADD TO THE EXPERIENCE. The best I could muster was some trivia at a party. Or, a better understanding of exactly how horrible Transformers could have been.

I guess what I’m trying to get across here is that if you find some cheap HD-DVDs, let me know. I’ll probably pick them up. Even if the movies aren’t that great.