transcribing from video

Kimberley Shaw skifoot at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 1 05:53:50 UTC 2007

Hello all:
and a very happy New Year to you all!
Val, I only get more and more impressed by the day by the things you have
done! I have been trying to transcribe a poem of Ella Mae Lentz ("Travels
with Malz"), and it has become an exercise in frustration.As an ASL student
who has just been placed into a 2nd-year ASL class at a univiersity level, I
am trying to figure out why it is being so diffficult to simply write down
sentence by sentence from the VHS (no, the video her poem is on has never
been released to DVD, alas), and I am wondering how on earth you were able
to transcribe from video when you were not yet a signer.
Was it the dance training?
Have all of you other signwriters got some special wisdom to share with me?
Or just useful tips?
You don't even want to know how many times I have had to hit "pause" and
"rewind" just to get the first sentence down on paper.
All the best,
Kim from Boston
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