In Search of Missing Video

Among the items on display at the HD (Hospitality Design) Expo was this multi-light centerpiece from Global Furniture USA.
Photo by Diane Taylor

This is the story I’ll tell my friends if they ask, “What happened in your life last week?” The answer: I lost a video.

When I attend conventions, I typically use a small camera for photos and video. The photos and video are then uploaded to my computer. The photos upload to iPhoto first (yes, I have an iMac). Then I upload the video to iMovie, edit the video (removing coughs, mispronounced words such as Na-mib-i-a, and knitting together the scenes). The complete video is then uploaded to YouTube and later downloaded into my article. I’ve done it hundreds of times.

Some time after uploading the video to my computer, I will erase the video from my camera’s SD card.

A week ago, I “thought” I had uploaded my video from the HD (Hospitality Design) Expo. In fact, I had started the uploading process, but didn’t wait long enough for the entire video to upload. I looked and saw that the last scene I recorded had been uploaded so I assumed the entire video had uploaded. What I didn’t know was that the top half of the recorded scenes had not yet been uploaded. However, thinking my video had all been uploaded, I erased the original video from the SD card.

Mistake.

Derrick Miranda was all smiles while demonstrating a new product called a Candy Shade.
Photo by Diane Taylor

I typically edit my videos on Fridays for publishing Sunday. To my horror, discovering my video error a week ago Friday, I looked online for video recovering software and decided the cost and complexity were too much. Instead, early Friday afternoon, I took my SD card to local geeks I know, the folks at PC Laptops in Henderson, NV. I knew of them because once before I had needed to recover lost data.

This time, the process of recovering my data took a matter of days; that’s because of a few starts and stops, one of which was definitely my fault (I turned over the wrong SD card.) At another point when we “thought” the videos had been recovered, only one photo from each scene had been recovered. So it was back to the drawing board and a run of PC Laptop’s “big” program.

Early this past week, the deed had finally been accomplished. All my video had been recovered. I paid $60, collected the SD card, went home and proceeded to look at the video. At the same time, I had been planning to attend the National Hardware Show which was in town this past week.

More than 10,000 people and at least one dog attended HD Expo.
Photo by Diane Taylor

Because the HD Show was in many ways “like” a big hardware show and because I rather liked the HD Expo video, I decided simply to run the $60 worth of recovered video this week and skip the National Hardware Show. My feet loved that decision.

I think I have now learned my lesson about erasing video before being absolutely positive that I have captured every scene on my computer. On the other hand, I must not be the only eager eraser because online I found several programs (for sale) to recover lost video, and the PC Laptops people had a recovery program for a reason. In fact, Addison Hitchcock at PC Laptops said some recoveries have taken “weeks” to complete.

So, that’s my story. My lost video was recovered and that was more important (to me) than anything Donald Trump did or said this week.

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