Let mirthful merriment abound,
And let us all be jolly,
For at long last I now have found
The cause of all the folly,
Which sabotaged my DVD
And made it play so awfully,
Twas in the cards, as I now see!
Sound causing unsound sound is bound
To send me off my trolley!
Picture the scene: After losing all faith in the ability of commercial characters to do the job, I had finally got to the stage of personal conversion of the Immy slide show into a DVD which would play decently on TV with a DVD player, or on computer. There were simply a few imperfections in the visuals. I sorted those out, converted the result again – and suddenly, on one theme only and on each of its three completely different repetitions, the sound was dreadfully awfully ghastly. Poor Fernis the Dragon seemed terminally ill.
Each of those repetitions was a separately written and recorded clip, so it couldn’t be that the clip was faulty. It had been perfect before, and with increasing bewilderment and desperation I reinstalled software and tried the conversions under different settings. Fernis simply got closer to his last gasp, while all the other themes continued to play quite happily.
A long session at the computer shop finally sorted matters out. As I now know, when a sound card is deciding that too much is being expected of it, it is capable of being selective in the ranges where distortion sets in. It can also be most inventive in the way it registers displeasure. Weird whoops and wails are entailed. The fact that the Fernis theme uses a lot of lower-register instruments such as bass trombone, tuba and double bass apparently gave it ulcers which got steadily worse every time it played those sections.
A new and more sophisticated sound card and I have, at last, achieved a decent master for the recording.
It only cost me a few weeks of normal work and blogging and stuff. That’s all. The possibility of getting Immy out for Christmas is, sadly, receding. Much still has to be done.
By the way, voting on the caption competition will close shortly!
A restful scene to close: some of the 13-strong field in the Royal Natal Yacht Club’s Cooper Light Handicap passing our home on Sunday.