(***Updated: Now that I’m comfortable with the direction of the MCS 2.0 project, I will be putting the original Smash Golf Video back up for download, at a reduced price.)
After some hard thinking, tinkering and way too much stress, I have made a decision regarding the MCS 2.0 video downloads. Digital technology is a two-edged sword, and I quickly discovered while editing my tutorial portion video that it was going to be impossible to offer hi-res video for download.
Last year’s Smash Golf download file was less than 200 Mb in size, and that was still a large enough file that it gave many people issues with downloading it on their end. I realized that a one-hour video of hi-res quality was going to reach several Gigabytes in size!!
I know that many people have super-hi speed internet and powerful enough computers to stream or download a file this size, but I’m pretty sure that many people won’t, and I’m trying to reach the most people with the most cost-effective way of providing a download video.
This is why I’m also only offering one file format, compatible to PC, over Apple. I know that the overwhelming majority of people or PC users, and to be honest, all of the Apple people I know have the software to watch wmv files. Plus, I have a PC and that’s what I’m using to make this video.
Not to mention (importantly for me), the cost of hosting a several Gb file for download would run me ten times what it cost me to host the original MCS video for download. There’s no way I could do that without raising the price of the video much, much higher than I feel comfortable asking for it.
Below, I have a test clip of what you’ll be getting in video quality with download version of the MCS 2.0 video. It should run about an hour, from my initial editing impression, and run between 500-700 Mb in size, and which I’m lowing from $49.95 CAD to $39.95 CAD.
I’ve made the trade-off as well, to go with as hi-res as possible with the actual swing clips at the expense of the tutorial video quality, because of the file size limitations.
MCS 2.0 Download Test Clip
That is a good deal larger file size than the original MCS, and it’s about as large as I can go before my costs start to sky-rocket. But I promise, whatever the reduction in resolution from the initial intent, I think the video content itself will be much, much better than the original Smash Golf MCS video.
I have put the MCS 2.0 DVD’s on hold until I have heard from the people who have pre-ordered or requested to pre-order them, due to having run into technical issues with the file sizes. Below, I have a test clip of what one can expect if ordering the DVD, which I’ve also reduced in price from $49.95 CAD to $39.95 CAD (plus the $16.95 S&H).
Again, I’m limited by my software, my computer and the fact that I’m doing this in my spare time. In my best Scottie voice, I’d say “I’m not a movie producer, Jim…” O.K., enough with the Star Trek references.