I was ready. My hardware purchases had gone smoothly. Small snafus were dealt with, and supplemental add-ons for my rig were easily acquired.
We were ready to test the setup for my impending YouTube project.
And nothing happened.
It turns out that Dxtory (the video capture software I selected) has a pesky quirk. Sometimes, it simply doesn’t work. At all. You can search for tutorials, follow walkthroughs, peruse forums, and in the end the public’s understanding of the problem amounts to little more than. “I dunno.”
I tried all the things. I changed the settings, I reinstalled (and reinstalled, and reinstalled…), I followed the directions.
(Not to belabor the point, but even the customer service failed in every way to help me get their software to work.)
I could have had a terrible weekend, raging against my gaming machine, trying in vain to fix an error that seemed to have no actual solution beyond “fiddle with it a bit, and it will eventually work.” Instead. I had a wonderful time.
Saturday was filled to the brim with game playing, taking a walk in my beloved Astoria, and rocking out with an awesome band (The Dirty Jacks) at an awesome bar (The Ella Lounge). Sunday was delightfully lazy, and laid-back, but then switched it up to include bowling in Manhattan, and a delicious dinner at home (with TONS of leftovers).
This was not the weekend I was expecting. But the weekend I was going to endure was also not the weekend I was expecting.
Yes, my frustration with Dxtory (arghhh!) will still have to be endured. No, I’m no closer to getting this great project I’ve been really excited about off the ground.
But I had a wonderful time with good friends, great music, delicious food, and delightful games.