What is Marcopoloni?

Our goal is to bring people like you, who cherish and appreciate fine artistry, closer to the artisans who create them. Everything we offer is handmade by carefully-selected artisans who pour their love and pride into each piece of work.

Much as Marco Polo brought the Western world in contact with the treasures of the Far East in the late 13th century, Marcopoloni strives to put you in touch with beautiful handmade goods from around the world!

Coming Soon: Video with Gianni Describing his New Leather Roses

I thought that it was going to be a lot easier. Last summer we took a few videos of our interview with Gianni and now is the time to post them.

Clearly, I am no longer the tech wizard I thought I was in my twenties. And it took this small project to make me realize that. The project is simple: import the video in the free version of Windows Movie Maker, cut it up in scenes, create a caption for each scene, create the video and post it. How could that take longer than an hour?

Well, for starters, you can not post a Windows video and expect it to play without a plug in, even in Internet Explorer. The most logical thing to do, then, is to import the video in Flash. After one more file conversion, you are ready to go, just publish and post, right? Right, except I did not notice that the video playback control was bigger than the size of the document. This resulted in videos that appeared to be missing the play, volume, and other controls. In reality they were just cropped away when publishing the video.

I ran into a few other snags that caused me to write this blog entry instead of one talking about my new video. Let’s hope that that will come tomorrow!

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