I feel like I now spend an awful lot of time doing extraneous stuff that makes me say: why am I even doing this? No more so than the morning I spent taking apart my computer and putting it back together. (More on this in a moment.)
Matt, the poor guy who lent me the camera
Helped via: Facebook chat support, in person via physical dropoff of firewire card
In addition to lending me the camera, Matt has spent a few hours troubleshooting with me over Facebook chat. Also he has, over the course of the last two weeks, lent me a firewire card and a firewire-to-camera connector cord, both of which he found ‘just lying around’. I offered Matt a million dollars for helping me out and he said it was “no big deal”.
John, a friend/photographer
Helped via: Phone and email
Back when I thought the USB connector might work to get the video off the cassette (I found out today it wouldn’t from Matt), John sent me the link to download the proper driver from Sony’s website. He also listened to me complain for awhile.
Phil, a blog reader/friend
Helped via: Facebook chat
Phil, one of my blog readers and now Facebook friends, found a post on a few forums about troubleshooting the camera’s connectivitiy, and also told me about needing the proper drivers installed. I love that people I’ve never even met have gotten involved in Video Saga 09!
Helped via: In person telling me I wasn’t crazy
I brought my camera to Too Cute Tuesday and showed my friends the cords I haD versus what I thought I needed (all I knew was something else). Sue told me that I was missing a cord, and when I talked to Matt today, I was able to confirm that with him it was indeed the cord Sue was talking about.
Helped via: Computer lending, multiple days
So the USB connector was not going to work; it was going to have to be firewire. After taking apart my computer and realizing there was no possible space to put the firewire card, Matt told me all Macs had them built in. Sarah lent me her Mac, even as she’s in the process of moving and entertaining visiting relatives.