Help, Suggestions, Future of The D-Word

Help with The D-Word

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Difficulties with The D-Word? If you can't find the right answers on our Help page, please post in this topic. Ideas for future D-Word releases or projects can be posted here as well.

John Burgan
Host

Working here – you can organise by category, posting date or Topic Name – click at the top underneath Discussion Topics

James Longley
Pro

oh thanks – I didn't even realize those options were up there. Must have clicked it by mistake with my crazy iPad.

Craig Schneider
Pro

Hi, where can I find information on d-word on making a master DVD using Compressor and iDVD? I don't think my Quicktime file to iDVD workflow is yielding the highest quality HD product for replication. I feel like I've lost something in the output, but I can't be sure. Thanks.

James Longley
Pro

You can ask that question, but I would suggest asking it in the Final Cut Pro topic, which seems to be where the Apple software post-production questions end up. This topic is for silly people like me who can't figure out how to navigate this extremely well-designed website.

Catherine Stratton
Pro

Okay, please don't judge me but I cannot figure out how to join the d-word facebook page – can someone please help me? I've used FB help but their directions don't seem to apply since I can't find the icons they refer to one your page.

Jo-Anne Velin
Pro

to move a discussion from one topic to another, linking between topics in other words, how does one do this with a track pad on a powerbook? The instructions say 'right click to copy', but with the track pad? Thanks.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Like on any mac, hold down the Control key and click.

Even this PC guy knows that! ;-)

David Herman
Pro

double help – i have now lost my formatting on d-word. Just a sort of typed page format. still calm. (barely)

David Herman
Pro

put on new boots and bathed and it works – JB you are a genius.

AJ Rounds
Fan

I'm doing some research on production pricing for documentary film making. Some films claim it cost them 1.8 million and some $250,000 yet quality and substance seem to be the same. Does anyone have a pricing model I can research that would show me pricing for low budget, mid grade, and high end documentary films? Help????

Dietmar Post
Pro

Is it possible to upload an entire film so that festivals and potential TV buyers can watch it? We don't like to send out DVDs anymore. Previous films have ended up as bit torrents.

John Burgan
Host

Folks, this is definitely the wrong Topic – as the note above says, this is solely for questions about The D-Word.

AJ, your question is so wide that it's doubtful that there's a simple answer out there, but for future reference such queries go in the Mentoring Room Topic.

Dietmar, as a Professional this should probably go in Marketing and Distribution . Double posting is discouraged, but as this is in the wrong place you can repost there.

Ron Osgood
Pro

Yikes – for some reason the camera topic has disappeared when I log into the site. Any ideas?

Marj Safinia
Host

Check "my topics" from your homepage and make sure you haven't accidentally hidden it.

Ron Osgood
Pro

Thanks Marj – don't know why it changed but that was the solution.

Marj Safinia
Host

Easy to do if you check D-Word from an iPhone. I do it all the time.

Peter Gerard
Pro

I'll add a warning on this link in the next update...

Paul Devlin
Pro

Wish there was a separate SAVE for "Current Location".

Only seems to get saved after a post. Often I get thwarted somehow and forget to update, then I've posted and would have to post again to save it, so I don't and then forget to update next time. Not a big deal, just noticed when I realize I need to update, I am not able to do so.

Peter Gerard
Pro

-Hmm... Is it not in the post editor you get for 15 minutes after a post? I'll look into that.-

You can also change your Current Location while you're not posting by editing your profile

EDIT – If you forget to put in your location, you have 15 minutes to edit your last post, so just click the Pencil and then you change your Location as well as fix any mistakes in your post (like I've just done)...

Anna Fischer
Pro

Hi, I am currently subtitling my film, Lucky Express, and I need advice about how to subtitle? Two questions:
1- I have put the translated subtitles as they are spoken...so sometimes the sentence is finished on the next image. Do I use an elipsis because the sentence is not finished?
Example:

He went to the store and bought ...
(and then next image) ... some milk and some bread.

Do I use the elipsis or not? Am very confused!

Question 2:
I have to subtitle my lead character because even though he is speaking English, it is really bad and basic English. So when I correct him, how much can I correct? The tenses? The words?
As long as I stick to the meaning of what he is saying, is it alright to put words into his mouth?
Right now, I have tried to use the exact words he is using even though the English is wrong. My theory is that all people will be able to understand the basic idea of what he is saying, even though the English is wrong.
When I corrected his English too much, later when I was reading the subtitles, I noticed that it was harder for the brain to fully understand the meaning, because what he was saying in English and what I was reading were similar but different.
Does this make sense? Its so hard to explain!
Anyway, is there a basic Rule Book for handling subtitles correctly which I can refer to?
Many thanks,
Anna

Marj Safinia
Host

Anna, this topic is intended for Help with issues about how the D-Word is running. You should re-post your question in the Mentoring Room

Marj Safinia
Host

Actually, you should go ahead and apply for professional membership, then ask the question again in the Editing topic.

Troy LaFaye
Fan

Hello,

Will my profile information be searchable on search engines outside of D-Word?

Ben Kempas
Pro

As explained in the privacy note when editing your profile, the fields with the eye symbol will be visible to everyone.

Marj Safinia
Host

Troy, I believe that Google will index that which is "public" on this site.

Peter Gerard
Pro

Yes, Google is included when Ben says "everyone". There's also a feature to preview your public profile. Click on your name at the top of this page where it says "Signed in as Your Name" and then you can click in the blue box to switch to Public Preview view. However, I've just noticed that it's not strictly accurate, since your photos and the links to your posts are only seen by logged in users and NOT by Google... I will fix this in the next site update...

Generally though, Google (and users not logged in) only see your name, your website links, your films, and your "Public Bio".

Ben Kempas
Pro

Apologies for the downtime this morning. This was due to an outage at a data centre. Everything should be back to normal now.

Nick Verbitsky
Pro

Anybody have a licensing contact at C-SPAN? I've got a bunch of footage that I need to get cleared, and it seems too much for the std form they offer on the website....

Doug Block
Host

Nick, please don't double post. We saw your request already in the Legal topic. Besides, this topic is for help with The D-Word, so pick the ONE topic you'll be posting in carefully.

Nick Verbitsky
Pro

Sorry, Doug....Wasn't sure which would be appropriate....Elizabeth Westrate suggested I post it in the Research & Archives section, do you concur?

Doug Block
Host

Probably, but I'd leave it in Legal since most will see it there. If you don't get a response within a few days, maybe then re-post in Research.

Peter Gerard
Pro

It was because our embed generator wasn't expecting the www.
I've updated it now so you should be able to embed with or without the www. from both YouTube or Vimeo.

You could also of course embed via Distrify and get loads of other benefits ;-)

James Longley
Pro

Thanks. The same problem seems to exist elsewhere in the site. For example, I was unable to embed a YouTube video in the Cameras topic although the URL exactly matched the formatting of the example in the error message.

Peter Gerard
Pro

I put in a fix for both YouTube and Vimeo to ignore the www.
Cheers

Faith Fuller
Pro

Hi there –
Does anyone know if I can post my documentary on D-Word if it's a Dynamo Player? Or is Distrify, Vimeo and YouTube the only options?

Faith

Peter Gerard
Pro

We support a wide range of embeds that use the oembed protocol, including Hulu, Flickr, Viddler, and more. As far as I am aware Dynamo does not support this secure and open standard.

Faith Fuller
Pro

Thanks Peter.. so it sounds like the dynamo player won't work here on D-Word.. (right?) (Are you saying Dynamo is not secure?)

I've been meaning to upload it to Distrify anyway..
Thanks so much! I really appreciate the feedback.

Jill Woodward
Pro

Howdy Faith, I couldn't help but respond when I saw your post. We were at FSU together. Sorry I don't have an answer to your question but just wanted to say HI!

Peter Gerard
Pro

I can't speak about the security of Dynamo, but we don't support raw embeds because these are not very secure in a semi-public forum. For a technical explanation see the hidden section...

We support oEmbed because it ensures we use trusted embed formats from trusted sources and there's no way for malicious (or accidental) users to hack our forum or our users' data. Raw embeds can have scripts or other potentially malicious attacks in them. This is also the reason we use special formatting for our posts instead of HTML.

Faith Fuller
Pro

In reply to Jill Woodward's post on Mon 29 Aug 2011 :

Hi Jill.. WOW.. this is too cool!! Thanks for your message. I checked out your bio and you're doing some really cool stuff. Who knew you were right down the road from me in Atlanta. I hope you're enjoying NY. Thanks again for reaching out! :)

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