Well this wig IS aptly named – it makes a lasting impression, no doubt about that. It’s just a very, very bad one.
At least that was the case with me, and one other person who had a few things to say about this wig. I did see a photo of someone wearing it and it looked very nice and natural on her, which inspired me to try it, but on me – ugh. No. Horrible. The bad color choice and choice of top do not help, admittedly. The combination of those limp layers around my face and the turtleneck make me look like, well, a turtle retreating into its shell. So good job, turtleneck – also aptly named (although usually I can rock a nice turtleneck with no problems).
And good Lord, this video. What I go through to try and create quality vids – and I still haven’t achieved that goal. I always set a custom white balance when I film, but for some reason with video this never works for me. Clearly I am doing something wrong but I’ve no idea what, and searching online for information always goes way over my head with the explanations, so. I am left to flounder on my own.
I ended up around 12 AM this morning searching, once again, for a program that can simply color correct the white balance in a video, and for the most part found the usual, incredibly high-priced and complicated solutions I have no interest in trying. The reason for my search was a video that looked like this:
Nice puke-green tint I have going there, right? I really tried to upload this and just be satisfied I got it done, but I could. Not. Stand. It. So therein began my software search. And around 1:15 AM, I thought I’d found it – something called ColorDirector by Cyberlink. Standalone color-correcting video software, and with a free trial to boot? I’ll take one, please.
Correcting the white balance was as easy with this program as it is with photos – find a gray area in the image, click on it, and the computer re-calibrates the color in the video. Took three seconds. Bam! Except, then you can’t do anything else in the software because it’s ONLY a color corrector, not a video editor, and therein lay the problem. I have no idea how to render a video in one program so that it is still editable when brought into another program (like the Filmora I’ve been using recently for editing) so the solution to THAT appeared to be purchasing the video editing software that is offered as a package with Color Director; it wasn’t too expensive, so I figured I’d cough up the dough and give it a go. Easy, right?
Except that, after waiting about 20 minutes for it to download, I was not able to enter the activation key that came with my receipt, and try as I might, I could not get it to work, nor could I find anything online addressing a solution to the problem. I did find a LOT of feedback from angry customers having the same issue and getting no assistance from what appeared to be a completely nonexistent customer service department, so at this point (around 2:30 AM) the outlook did not look good.
I went to bed at 3 AM, ticked off that after all that time, research, and money I still had no way to properly edit my videos, then woke up around 9 AM determined to work it out anyway. So here’s what I have so far: I can open a video in ColorDirector, use the software to fix the white balance issues, then render it as a file that appears to doctor up in Filmora OK. However. While correcting the color balance takes about 3 seconds, rendering the corrected video? Took THREE HOURS. For a seven-minute video. Then I had to edit it in Filmora (another process that is annoying, because when editing, the video you see on your screen is of a reduced quality in relation to the video you are actually creating, so there’s no way to know if the changes you are making actually are any good or not) and re-render THAT vid, which took another 45 minutes.
So, for this one 5 minute video of me in a crappy wig, I spent about 7 hours working. Fun, right? But hey – it did get the green out, at least:
Now let’s not discuss the other hundreds of things I wish I knew how to improve, and just take a look at this fugly wig. And if anyone reading this knows a thing or two about video production, yes, I am AM an idiot. But I can process a MEAN photo, so don’t count me out entirely. This video editing BS is just too difficult for words IMHO (and yet I came up with quite a few).