Useful Site of the Day (or, Gay Porn — Gateway to Video Editing Geekhood)

videohelp.gifIf you’re into video editing, video conversion, or DVD authoring/ripping/burning this is the site for you. videohelp.com is a comprehensive resource for video geeks. If there’s a hack for your DVD player, they have it. They have links to some really great tutorials and if you’re having trouble with your burning software or want insight into a program you’re thinking of buying, check with them first. There are a lot of free tools available and some DVD software packages are merely repackaged freeware so it’s good to make sure you’re not paying for nothing. I’ve been using them for 4 or 5 years and I’m always happy they’re there when I need them!

You may wonder in what capacity I found this site so useful or, how I got into video editing/ripping/burning. Several years ago I was just past the bleeding edge of single layer DVD burners and I loved the idea of capturing shows off my PVR and burning them to DVD. Burners, software, and capture devices were expensive back then (I paid around $400 for my Sony burner). I couldn’t find a way to justify the expense on such a selfishly geeky impulse. Gay friend to the rescue!

I was extolling the virtues of this exciting new technology to my friend when he came up with The Plan. It seems he had a rather sizable stash of gay porn on VHS. By sizable, I mean a large Nordstrom shopping bag full of tapes. They weren’t of the 3 for $10 bargain bin variety either. He had to special order most of them from expensive catalogs. He was justifiably concerned that his tapes would wear out or be damaged and wanted to pay me to archive them on DVD. I now had the funding for my new toys!

The tough thing about capturing video was that it used all of my system resources. There were times when my computer would bog down and ruin the file and I’d have to start over. The software was also a bit buggy. I had to monitor the video stream to make sure it went smoothly. No, really. I found this out the hard way! This meant watching many hours of gay porn in a relatively short amount of time. It was quite an education, let me tell you.

My half-formed notions and assumptions about gay sex were blown out of the water. Queer as Folk was on the air but I hadn’t seen it. Most of the videos were from Europe, where sex doesn’t have the “dirty factor” it does in America. The quality was remarkably better. The soundtrack was ofttimes an orchestral score. Sex and Mozart! I think he’d have loved it. In spite of being videos of hardcore sex in all manner of configurations, there was a sense of innocence about them. Strange but true! This is not to say they lacked shock value for a “good girl” like myself (hey, stop laughing!). Some of my thoughts at the time were (accompanied by wide eyes and hanging jaw),

“Whoa!” (this thought went through my brain pretty often)

“Holy shi!t, he’s almost up to his elbow! How is that even possible?!”

and
“Ahhhh, I see now what they mean by ‘versatile’.”

I found videohelp.com during this initial foray into the world of video editing and I don’t think I could have completed that project or many others without them. I’d have given up in frustration! So, thank you videohelp.com, you’re the best!

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