Yes, I just posted 11 clips in a little over an hour. None of them are bad, some are quite decent, but I have a problem with just about every one of them. In no particular order-
Boots aren't good enough
Clip too short
I think I can find a better version
I don't like that edit
She's worn better boots
I want to combine 2 into one clip
That's one ugly fu@king capture
Not enough Fergie (well, its pretty obvious which clip that is)
Anyway, I don't want to worry about posting anything tomorrow. I've been pretty busy and have a load of 1/2 done projects, but was faced with mental constipation every time I tried select some clips that were ready right now. So if the world doesn't end and if a raging mob doesn't storm the battlements as a result of these "sub-standard" clips, it will help a lot come Monday to get the pipeline moving again. And at least I did SOMETHING.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
It is with pride I offer Jennifer Lopez (from the 2013 Billboard Music Awards) in such a great pair of boots. I am ashamed of the video quality. There's a reason this clip had been gather dust in my "4up" folder since I began the blog. We can view this a learning opportunity. It's possible to get a quality capture of a modern stage performance, despite the flashing lights and LED displays that are video-compressions archenemy. This is an example of the opposite. In coming days I hope to share some examples of a quality capture, for now.....
From Idol Gives Back(2010), Fergie shines in gold thigh high boots. Wish we saw more of them. The flashing lights and hyperkinetic stage action adds some artifacts but still a decent rip. To see the effects of rapid movement/flashing lights, compare image quality of the Queen Latifah intro and at any point once the performance begins.
From the 2011 ACM Awards-thank goodness for HD, in standard def, these suede thigh boots would blend into her pants and we'd be left wondering why she had laces hanging off the back of her legs. A quality capture, aided by a staid set design.
From the forgettable Priest (2011)-See, I'll bet you've forgotten all about this dusty stinker. Almost every week Maggie wore better boots on Nikita, Oh well, some decent leather and action scenes.
It is HIGHLY unlikely that any women involved in the Klondike gold rush of the 1890's sported this sort of skin-tight leather and knee boot outfit. Historical accuracy can suck it! I loved just about every aspect of Abbie Cornish's wardrobe in the mini-series Klondike (2014). Seldom do hats, coats, gloves, blouses, pants and boots come together so well. If I wasn't in the middle of a brain cleansing super-shovel I might have combined these two clips. Oh well, I would have lost it if I endured yet another self-imposed delay. So......
Thursday, January 29, 2015
THAT opening song from the 2009 season of Sunday Night Football. Most of you have already seen this, but man, it's pretty special. When I decided to do this football double header, I was shocked to see that there aren't many really great HD versions of this floating around. I thought the one I saved at the time (this one) was pretty good. Turns out it has a lot of compression artifacts and is average at best. The only thing worse was all the other ones I found. Then I remembered that in 2009 true HD was just beginning to make headway on computer screens. To make matters worse, the flashing lights, constant movement and quick cut editing of this clip are a recipe for bad captures. It's not that this is a bad version really, but for such a stellar and important clip, I'd prefer perfect.
ps, I was going to do a bootcentric edit of this, but that was just a nightmare.
Aisha Tyler might be close to perfect. She's smart and funny with genuine geek-girl credentials all wrapped up in a very attractive (and tall) package. She doesn't wear boots often enough (but for us, is there an "often enough?"). Here she is from a 2013 TV special. I don't wish to incur the wrath of a certain all-powerful sports league, so figure out what this is from on your own.
Fun Fact you may already know: Aisha is the voice actress and inspiration for Lana Kane(pictured below) from the hugely funny animated show Archer. If you want a boot-filled surprise, do a google image search for "Lana Kane Costume." If you like spy-spoofs, witty/smutty banter and the very real chance of animated thigh boots, watch Archer.