Sunday, May 11, 2008

I Currently Don't Like Macs, Either

It used to be just a general notion. A vague unease while using one. Sure, they seem simple enough, and they look friendly and everything, but you just can't shake the feeling that something is seriously wrong. You know, like shopping in Chinatown.

$10 Watches? Awesome!

Here's my issue. Last week I finished up a course on basic animation techniques at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. My final project was a 36 second long cartoon, which translates to 440 individual frames that had to be shot, well, individually. It was quite a lot of drawing for me, since I can't draw. I have invested several hours of life into this project. I premiered it at the class to rave reviews. One critic referred to my work as "Brilliant, a commentary on the state of humanity in the face of contemporary futility."

Admittedly, this critic is myself. Others mentioned that "it was funny" and "I like the part with the robot."

Now we get to the problem. This slice of divine inspiration was created using a program called Frame Thief on a Mac. I then exported the file into an .mov using a feature of the aforementioned program. It played beautifully on the Mac's Quicktime program. I downloaded it to my flashdrive and, being charmingly paranoid, burned it onto a blank CD as well.

This file will not play on any computer that I have since tried it on. Three different PCs and a whole bunch of media players, VLC, Windows media, KMPlayer, Quicktime. None of these players believe the program exists. I have yet to find another Mac to try the file, but I know where one is, and it's only a matter of time. So screw you, Mac, for your lack of interoperability, and for your refusal to acknowledge the problem when I search online for a solution.

And don't get me started on people who use Macs...

Hipster Scum.

Anyway, if I ever get this whole nonsense figured out, rest assured that I will be posting my cartoon for all of you to enjoy and laugh at and point to the absurd crudity of the pencil sketches.

Ok, I'm tired. More later


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