I recently embarked on a journey, one that will not soon be forgotten. In one of my courses, the class was assigned a film editing project in which we needed to create content and turn it into an edited short video. Easy! No problem! The eager voice in me shouted. Little did I know what was up ahead.
I knew this project was going to take some time. I carved out a healthy 4-5 hours, factoring in computer malfunctions, software errors, and things of the like. To my satisfaction, I caught onto the new software quickly and completed the assignment in my projected time window. But then came time to save the project. I knew my external hard drive wasn't going to work, so I tried exporting it as instructed. No such luck. The exporting process didn't go well and my video was static-y in sound and video quality. This is a dream, I thought. This isn't happening. There's no way this would happen after 5 hours of detailed work. I saved all the project's components to Google Drive and decided to deal with it later.
Wrong. So wrong. I went to access my project a couple days later, only to find my files were "missing." I clicked the 'recover files' option and, thankfully, was able to locate all but one file. I began editing the one and was just about to save when the computer shut down automatically. Once it booted up and I got going again, the computer lab was closing. I then walked across campus to the library to settle in and finally finish the project, and upload it to YouTube.
What I thought was going to be an assignment about my understanding of video editing software quickly turned into a life lesson about grit and determination. Like many, I've been told about the importance of a strong work ethic and a positive attitude. I've been told how essential these attributes are not only in the workplace, but in personal relationships, too. My homework assignment taught me that the greatest accomplishments will come from hard work, optimism, and dedication. I could've quit after the first failed export attempt. I could've started over on something simpler, and half-assed it to the end. But we all know what those projects/advertisements/start-ups/businesses look like and that reputation sticks.
That's not what I'm about. Thank you, Final Cut Pro, for kicking my ass and reminding me that the feeling of 'a job well done' beats finishing quickly any day.
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