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.

Ben Kempas
Pro

If someone wants to volunteer and compile one, we could have a dedicated topic that would just show important documents of common interest. But it'll be a lot of work. Also, some people choose not to attach a document but to copy-paste its text into the hidden section of a post. A bit more difficult to spot.

Marth Christensen
Pro

One suggestion is to just create a "FILES" section with some "Folders" for categories of information. This is the way Yahoo Groups works. Then let the members put stuff they like in the folders and others can look for cool, useable stuff that they can use. Identify who posted it and when. Any member can create folders or subfolders. Any member can post a file. A member can delete any files they posted. Hosts can delete anything. No editing of files; if you want to change a file, delete and replace.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Well, we'd need another fundraiser for that sort of thing.

For the time being, please use our Tags feature to mark useful posts (or attachments).

Linda Blackaby
Pro

Perhaps we can refine the way we try to use the Tags feature.

Could we agree perhaps on some standard tags for the most commonly used or requested kinds of documents?

And perhaps suggest a more standard way of tagging the posts that contain these documents? For example, I often see questions about CONTRACTS (and I believe there are a number of specific kinds of contracts), but don't know if all sample contracts get tagged as such or if they are tagged at all.

Nadia Hennrich
Pro

Looking for a reasonable sound studio in los angeles, would anyone here know more? thx much everybody:)

Marth Christensen
Pro

The thread on Documentary Films appears to be stuck, aiming at an (empty?) next page, with no room to post.

Mikal Jakubal
Pro

I have a proposal for a tagging convention that can be implemented without any other site changes.

On Tom xxxx's post on Fri 17 Dec 2010 in Legal, I applied this tag: DOCUMENT/LetterOfAgreement/Work-for-hire

"DOCUMENT" being in all caps says that there is some sort of contract or document in the post or hidden. It will make DOCUMENTS easy to visually sift out of the tag clutter when doing a tag search under "D."

Slash ( / ) separates the document title, which is "camel-cased" (big and small letters separating words, like the humps on a camel).

The second slash separates a specific topic—with individual words connected with dashes—if there is one. Sometimes, like with Tom's post it is only a paragraph or a specific wording that has been posted and not an entire document or contract.

Using a consistent convention (this or another), will make it easy to find what we're looking for and not waste time opening posts that only have a paragraph when we want, say, a whole producer's contract or participant release.

I think a document archive would be nice, but this is something we can do immediately. Anyone with any useful contracts, releases and so on could place a post in the appropriate topic, paste the document in the hidden section and tag it for others.

Gretta Wing Miller
Pro

Hi guys,
Today the lines in the email digest are endlessly long––no wrap. Seems that if poster doesn't hit 'return', the line goes on forever.
Very hard to read!

Peter Gerard
Pro

What software are you using to read your mail? I receive digests every day and they still look fine for me. But if you can tell me what you are using I might be able to see if I can solve your problem.

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! :)

Michael B. McGee
Pro

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

thanks in advance,
Mike

Bryan Donnell
Pro

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
Pro

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
Pro

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
Pro

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
Pro

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!

Doug Block
Host

I got the same error message yesterday trying to post a YouTube video in the Bar & Grill. Daffy Duck awaits you, sir.

Doug Block
Host

Sure, Michael. We mainly mean posting in two or more topics with the same message within a short period of time (say, a few days). You can, of course, get creative with changing the posts so it doesn't feel like double posting, but you didn't hear that from me.

Laura Moire Paglin
Pro

Hey Doug – I'm trying to post a video in "work in progress". I'm posting the vimeo url (not the code) – but I'm getting an error message that says it's not a valid url.

Peter Gerard
Pro

We have been having a problem with Vimeo's embed API. I'm working on a fix and will post here as soon as it's solved!

James Longley
Pro

Uh Oh. The Doc Bar and Grill is doing that thing again where you can't see the last post.

Margot Roth
Pro

The farmer and I posted at the same time which caused the space-time continuum to implode.

David Herman
Pro

In reply to James Longley's post on Mon 19 Dec 2011 17:12 UTC :
Let's just continue here, I was the last poster unless you posted after me in which case I wasn't the last poster though I keep on getting a message that there is another post after mine and so maybe it was yours. Or not. So where the fuck is Jet City and I have an unopened bottle of Jura awaiting a partner. And then this post wouldn't post because Roth is posting. GET HER OUT OF HERE! Unless she joins us for a Jura (only another $14.99 for you my dear.)

Margot Roth
Pro

-opening door for Herman-

No, after you.

-waits till Herman is mid-doorframe then squeezes thru at same time-

James Longley
Pro

Jet City – aka Seattle – they make Boeing planes here.

Daniel McGuire
Pro

Maybe I'm dense, but there doesn't seem to be a way to find D-worders by geography. I go to "People" and put in "Boston" or "Massachusetts" as a search term and the only thing that comes up is a guy whose last name is "Boston". Any suggestions?

Marth Christensen
Pro

Try Advanced Search and then put the details in the "Company and Address" box

Thomas Lennon
Pro

Re Cameras: Perhaps Deepak Varma, in trying to post his pictures, locked up the topic in some way? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Ben Kempas
Pro

I deleted Deepak's post, and voilà, it's working again.

Ryan Ferguson
Pro

funny... i finally decide to post a trailer in WIP and it's not working. it's a Vimeo URL and I'm getting the error folks were getting in the past:

There were problems with the following fields:

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)

Lewis D Mark
Fan

I see on extra TV show; where they were talking about a documentary about dyslexia and recommended for more info see dword.com I have not been able to find it?

Lewis D Mark
Fan

I think so; I found what I was looking for; thank you anyway.
Lewis

Mark Barroso
Pro

When I try to post a link to vimeo (by copying and pasting) I get an error message that the URL is not valid. Any ideas as to what's happening and how to fix it?

Mark Barroso
Pro

I should have said that it was in the Works in Progress topic.

Peter Gerard
Pro

This should be fixed now. Turns out vimeo changed their API and also their standard URLs. I've updated The D-Word to support these changes.

David Herman
Pro

9 minutes Mr Gerard – time to pull the finger out.

Rodrigo Dorfman
Pro

Hey folks – this has come up in the Works in Progress thread: "what is the HIDDEN SECTION?" – I don't quite understand the purpose – aren't all postings visible to all who are logged in as pros? Am I missing an important protocol?

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