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Help, Suggestions, Future of The D-Word

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.

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Jo-Anne Velin
Sun 20 Mar 2011Link

Ben, I NEVER use the right click on the mac. thanks.


David Herman
Wed 11 May 2011Link

help. camera topic stuck (for me)


John Burgan
Wed 11 May 2011Link

I've emailed our webmaster. In the meantime...


David Herman
Wed 11 May 2011Link

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


John Burgan
Wed 11 May 2011Link

Reboot and have a cold shower

Edited Wed 11 May 2011 by John Burgan

David Herman
Wed 11 May 2011Link

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


AJ Rounds
Fri 1 Jul 2011Link

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
Wed 13 Jul 2011Link

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
Wed 13 Jul 2011Link

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
Tue 26 Jul 2011Link

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


Marj Safinia
Wed 27 Jul 2011Link

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


Ron Osgood
Wed 27 Jul 2011Link

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


Marj Safinia
Wed 27 Jul 2011Link

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


Peter Gerard
Wed 27 Jul 2011Link

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


Paul Devlin
Wed 27 Jul 2011Link

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
Thu 28 Jul 2011Link

-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)...

Edited Thu 28 Jul 2011 by Peter Gerard

Anna Fischer
Thu 28 Jul 2011Link

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
Thu 28 Jul 2011Link

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
Thu 28 Jul 2011Link

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


Troy LaFaye
Wed 3 Aug 2011Link

Hello,

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


Ben Kempas
Thu 4 Aug 2011Link

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


Troy LaFaye
Thu 4 Aug 2011Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Thu 4 Aug 2011 :

Yes, on The D-Word site, but – I am asking about off site search engines – Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.

Troy


Marj Safinia
Fri 5 Aug 2011Link

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


Peter Gerard
Fri 5 Aug 2011Link

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
Thu 11 Aug 2011Link

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
Thu 11 Aug 2011Link

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
Thu 11 Aug 2011Link

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
Thu 11 Aug 2011Link

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
Thu 11 Aug 2011Link

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.


Nick Verbitsky
Thu 11 Aug 2011Link

Thx DB


James Longley
Tue 23 Aug 2011Link

Trying to add a film to my profile and getting an error message that the Vimeo.com URL is not valid ... not sure why this would be the case ...


Peter Gerard
Tue 23 Aug 2011Link

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
Wed 24 Aug 2011Link

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.

Edited Wed 24 Aug 2011 by James Longley

Peter Gerard
Wed 24 Aug 2011Link

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


Faith Fuller
Thu 25 Aug 2011Link

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
Fri 26 Aug 2011Link

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
Fri 26 Aug 2011Link

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
Mon 29 Aug 2011Link

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
Tue 30 Aug 2011Link

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...

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Faith Fuller
Tue 30 Aug 2011Link

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! :)


Faith Fuller
Tue 30 Aug 2011Link

In reply to Peter Gerard's post on Tue 30 Aug 2011 :

Ahhhh... okay, Peter. Makes sense now. Thank you for taking the time to explain.


Michael B. McGee
Wed 14 Sep 2011Link

are we allowed to post are availability and/or services on The D-Word? if so, where?

thanks in advance,
Mike


John Burgan
Wed 14 Sep 2011Link

As a full D-Worder you have two options, Michael – either Professional Classifieds (for other Professionals) or to reach a wider audience Public Classifieds . In fact you can post in both if you wish – the one exception we make to the double posting rule.


Bryan Donnell
Sat 1 Oct 2011Link

Hope I'm not repeating, but haven't found the answer...

I get the digest form of d-word. I've noticed it doesn't include every post from the time since the last digest, sometime half or less. Does this happen to everyone? Is there a fix?


Peter Gerard
Sat 1 Oct 2011Link

If you've read some posts on the website they are not included in the digest. It only includes posts which are "unread", i.e. the ones that would have blue dots next to them when you come online.


Bryan Donnell
Sat 1 Oct 2011Link

Hmm. I can't tell what's chicken and what's egg. I rarely go to the website except when I think I'm missing something in the digest... But it sounds like anytime I might scroll through a page looking for a post, anything on the open page won't get sent?


Peter Gerard
Sun 2 Oct 2011Link

If you've opened a topic and have loaded some posts to your browser they are marked as "read". Then those won't show up in your digest. If you want to mark a topic as "unread" click the top right corner of the last post you've read, and then all posts after that will be in your next digest.


Joshua Z Weinstein
Mon 17 Oct 2011Link

Hey Peter.
I am trying embed a vimeo link to the shameless self promotions section. However I cannot get any vimeo links to work, but youtube links are working.
Thoughts? My link is: http://vimeo.com/29625203.
Thanks!


Joshua Z Weinstein
Mon 17 Oct 2011Link

The error message is this:

"Embed is not a valid video URL. Please use a URL of a YouTube, Vimeo or Distrify page. (e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmciuKsBOi0)"


Peter Gerard
Tue 18 Oct 2011Link

That's odd. I will look into it!


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