Tonight I was inspired to download the video footage I took of my son’s birthday party and from Buenos Aires to our computer; however, it’s a much more involved process than I have time for right now.  We have one of those fandangled Sony Handycam video camcorders that record directly to mini-DVDs, you know, the one everyone seemed to buy last year for Christmas.  After finalizing the DVD-R in the camcorder, I popped it into our computer to play it.  Easy enough, right?  Hardly!  Windows Media Center launched and told me that it doesn’t have the files needed to play the DVD.  OK, well, what about Windows Media Player?  Yes, they played, but the video quality was uneven, indicating that Media Player too is having issues with DVDs.  I’ll have to visit Microsoft’s Web site to figure out why Windows Vista isn’t playing my videos properly.  
I haven’t even tried editing the video footage–that’s an entirely different challenge.  With time and inspiration, I plan to upload the video footage to my computer and edit the footage, eventually burning it to full-size DVDs for posterity.  It will be easiest to upload and manipulate the newer, DVD-based video footage–the mini-DV and VHS formatted video footage from years past will be an even bigger challenge because I’ll need to upload it using my older mini-DV camcorder and VHS video recorder.  I could save this project until I retire and have hours to devote to it, or I’ll do it little by little…before the older tapes disintegrate from age.
Blog note:  Cordelia, thank you for the wonderful message you sent me today.  Messages like yours are very encouraging.  Life is better now for me.  I wish you all the best as you pursue a career with the Foreign Service.  There’s no other job like it on Earth, which is why it can be so rewarding and frustrating at the same time.  I am by no means an expert on Buenos Aires, but I did have the feeling after visiting many other large cities around the world that its cuisine is somewhat less diverse.  That said, its barbeque and Italian cuisine are superb, and the quality of life is primo.

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at or contact him by e-mail at or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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  1. Wade's Gravatar Wade
    May 20, 2008    

    What was your inspiration?  I have found the Sony Software was more of a problem than Vista.  I haven’t had a problem with Media Player playing thing back.  I have had more of an issue with the Sony drivers that came with my camera.

  2. Cordelia's Gravatar Cordelia
    May 22, 2008    

    I’ll keep that in mind when I finally get to see Buenos Aires !

  3. Anne's Gravatar Anne
    June 1, 2008    

    I have exactly the same issues with my Sony Handycam. I thought it would be really easy, but it’s not. Subsequently, it sits in the drawer when we go on trips. Instead, I use my Canon Powershot digital camera to take short videos. I have no trouble with them at all. No muss, no fuss.

  4. Anne's Gravatar Anne
    June 1, 2008    

    Sorry, that last comment about the camera was me. Anne

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