Tonight, as I pulled the camera out of the bag to set up, Ed asked me if we could plug it in. It was at that moment that I saw the battery right next to the camera, sitting in the charger, and remembered that I was supposed to charge it prior to tonight's filming. Luckily, it had enough charge on it to get us through the two episodes that we ended up filming tonight. I wish I could view them right now, but I have no idea how to watch them on the $5,000 camera we borrowed, so I have no idea if our heads were cut off or if Dave and Ed (who sat at opposite ends) were even in the video. I hope so, because they might kill me otherwise. In any case, I'm hoping it went better than our first filming session.
Ah, the first session. I brought the camera and SIM card to the local cable station. Luke works there. He's 30 and so super nice that there's just no way he grew up around here. I know he's hiding roots that must have come from the South. Anyway, he removed the SIM card from the camera, put it in the MAC, and after a while, said, I'm sorry, Susan, I hate to tell you this, but in all my years of doing this, I've never seen files corrupted before.
My HP computer changed the files somehow - we have no idea why - and now the MAC simply cannot read them.
I remembered what Ray had said prior to the first filming session (If it's not a total disaster, we'll have accomplished a lot.). I didn't have the heart to tell my team until tonight. Of course, all is not lost. The files are still on my computer, and on Wednesday, Ray and I are going to attempt to edit and upload them to YouTube. I think they're usable, and they'll be useful, but it's not as if it will be the best representation of our filming capabilities. On Thursday, Luke and I will upload the files to the Apple (we used a new SIM card that never left the camera).
We never did take the group photo. Next time, I promise.