It wouldn’t be Lunch Trance if everything worked, right?
So, four days ago, on Wednesday, I arrived home from work and sat down to finish preparation of the show and to set up the streaming, i.e. start Windows, and… wait a minute. The MacBook doesn’t turn on.
Probably just an empty battery. For some reason, since I installed Windows on this machine, when you turn off it burns through battery as if it were running at full load, even when turned off. Like, completely turned off. There hasn’t been a Wednesday since I started streaming where the battery was not completely drained from being turned off for a week so I had to remember to start charging it early so that I wouldn’t have to start streaming on something like 5% battery.
Anyway, attached the power cable, waited a bit… and nothing happened. The MacBook stayed dark.
Okay, I still have to do all the other prep work, let it charge a bit. Switched to the other MacBook (which at this point is 9 years old, has never seen Windows, and when I put it in sleep mode I can wake it up after a week and it still has 98% battery left), finished the playlist, and transferred everything to the DJ console.
Tried to turn on the MacBook again… still nothing. Okay, this is highly unusual. Maybe the cable and/or the charger are not working correctly? Switched everything around, every other MacBook works fine with the charger, and every other charger does the same amount of nothing to the MacBook.
The internet is, as usual, incredibly helpful by suggesting a single thing but on 600 different sites. I tried to reset the SMC, and the PRAM, and the whatever, and the I-don’t-care but nothing I did could persuade the MacBook to come back to life.
Wednesday’s show was out of the window at this point, not only because I didn’t have a streaming machine but also because at this point I was so frustrated by all this bloody shit technology that I was ready to move to the woods and live off the land for the rest of my life.
But of course I didn’t do that, any quite predictably so. Instead, yesterday I sat down and started OBS on my main MacBook, and I put together a configuration that would not depend on rendering Shadertoy websites at 60 fps in Full HD. I downloaded a couple of videos for the background, I attached all the USB cameras to the machine, configured the Advanced Scene Switcher plugin to do even more remarkable things than so far, and even created some scenes for the end of the stream. OBS’s performance on a 2021 M1 MacBook is still horrible: it has trouble maintaining 30 fps when looping a video, and I had a consistent 5% frame loss due to rendering lag. The video encoder itself gave no trouble, though; it didn’t break a sweat, and it didn’t drop a single frame.
Anyway. While — once again — a rocky start (and only four days late!), the show did not turn out to be a complete disaster so I’ve got that going for me, which is nice, so jot that down. One thing that is still missing are the lights, and I hope I will have taken care of that before next Wednesday.
Next show is going to be next week, on Wednesday, November 23rd, at 19:00 CET/UTC+1.Download and Playlist →