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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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Vicki Vasilopoulos
Thu 27 May 2010Link

Yeah, that's what's bizarre about it. The "New Post" box appears in this topic (thankfully), but not in the FCP topic or Directing, for example. Go figure.I'm at a loss...


Ben Kempas
Fri 28 May 2010Link

You need to make sure you're on the last page of posts to continue the conversation.


Vicki Vasilopoulos
Fri 28 May 2010Link

Right you are, Ben... I'm in the middle of editing, and in my haste I obviously overlooked this simple fact. I blame it on the full moon...


Michael Collins
Sat 14 Aug 2010Link

Is it possible to delete old posts? I couldn't find an option to do so. I posted in the public classified section recently (it was a success – I filled the position) but I'm getting some weird spam as a result.


Ben Kempas
Sun 5 Sep 2010Link

The basic rule is not to include your email address in any postings in our public topics, as these could be harvested by "robots". Registered users will always be able to find your email address in your profile, which the robots don't get to see.


Ann Torrance Davidson
Fri 24 Sep 2010Link

I just introduced myself as an Enthusiast and tried to stick a picture in the little box to the left. I went back to check and the picture has wound up in the body of post and it's giant. Or is that just the way I see it?
Can we move the picture to the side or make it go away altogether? Thank you.


Bill Jackson
Fri 24 Sep 2010Link

Hi Ann. You can click on "My Profile" at the top of a page, then My Pictures, near the top of that page. From there you can upload an image to your profile. It will then appear in the little box to the left. If you upload multiple images, the one you Make Primary will appear.


Doug Block
Fri 24 Sep 2010Link

Ann, I guess we'll just have to change your status from Enthusiast to Narcisist.

Kidding ;-)


Robert Goodman
Thu 21 Oct 2010Link

where are the files located that people posted sample proposals etc? Dan was hosting them – did they go away?


Ethan Isenberg
Tue 26 Oct 2010Link

I've designated a different photo as the primary one, but it doesn't seem to be changing in my profile or posts. Is anyone else having this issue?


Ethan Isenberg
Tue 26 Oct 2010Link

Never mind. It took about 20 mins to take effect, but now it seems to be working.


Jo-Anne Velin
Tue 26 Oct 2010Link

Which one is you?


Ethan Isenberg
Wed 27 Oct 2010Link

It's my most successful production, to date!


James Longley
Thu 28 Oct 2010Link

That's a beautiful kid you have there, Ethan, even if he does look like he's about to throw a punch at the paparazzo.


John Burgan
Thu 28 Oct 2010Link

Co-production, surely, Ethan?


Ben Kempas
Sat 30 Oct 2010Link

Ethan – your browser had probably cached the old picture.

Robert – Do you mean Sean Adair's page which is still out there but hasn't been updated in 10 years?


Robert Goodman
Wed 3 Nov 2010Link

i suppose I do. Thought there was something a bit more recent. guess not.


Ben Kempas
Wed 3 Nov 2010Link

Well, we can always start a new collection in a dedicated topic where people simply post their documents as attachments. Do you think we'll see the same spirit of sharing as back then?


Robert Goodman
Mon 8 Nov 2010Link

hard to tell. the d-word has changed a lot since those days.


Linda Blackaby
Fri 19 Nov 2010Link

Is there that place where posted documents are attached?

Also, how would I search for posts by
posted by a particular person
cross topic topic (e.g. ITVS)?
If such searches are possible.
Thanks!


Jo-Anne Velin
Fri 19 Nov 2010Link

Linda, have you had a look at the list of tags? (that baggage tag icon). We create them as we go along, so that list can get quirky. I don't know if you can first assemble all the posts for any one tag, and then do a word/name search of just those. Lemme try and I'll get back to you in a few seconds.

Just tried: it works very well. Look at the top of your page, select tags, decide which one you want to look through, double click it, all those posts will appear, then click advanced search, if you are not seeing a place to write the name of the posting person. ( "Post by ....", something like this.)

There are several "ITVS + Something else" tags, too.


Linda Blackaby
Fri 19 Nov 2010Link

Aha. And duh.
Thank you Joanne.
I once wondered about tags and that little symbol but failed to adequately investigate. Very helpful. Thanks again.


Jo-Anne Velin
Fri 19 Nov 2010Link

posted documents: use the "attach file" as if you were attaching the document to an email in most email pgms. If you are looking for posted documents only, I have no idea if the search engine does this. I haven't looked that closely


Linda Blackaby
Fri 19 Nov 2010Link

Yeah, it's the latter I was thinking of, like a Borgesian archive. I will try to explore it. Thank you again.


Ben Kempas
Sat 20 Nov 2010Link

Linda, the Advanced Search lets you search for posts by a particular person. Or you can go to a person's profile and click on the link to view all their recent posts.

You can attach documents to every post but there's no specific way of searching for attachments only. Is this something we should implement?


Linda Blackaby
Sat 20 Nov 2010Link

Thanks Ben, the d-word thinks of everything, I now know how to search.

I do believe I'm not the first who has wondered about a document archive...


Ben Kempas
Sat 20 Nov 2010Link

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
Sat 20 Nov 2010Link

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
Sat 20 Nov 2010Link

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
Thu 25 Nov 2010Link

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
Tue 30 Nov 2010Link Tag

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


Ben Kempas
Tue 30 Nov 2010Link

Nadia, this topic is for help and suggestions regarding our online community. Please post your question in Public Classifieds or Members-Only Classifieds . Thanks!


Nadia Hennrich
Tue 30 Nov 2010Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Tue 30 Nov 2010 :

Oh Ok Ben, thx for telling me:)


Marth Christensen
Fri 10 Dec 2010Link

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


Peter Gerard
Fri 10 Dec 2010Link

In reply to Marth Christensen's post on Fri 10 Dec 2010 :

Sorted! Thanks, Marth.


Mikal Jakubal
Mon 20 Dec 2010Link

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
Wed 19 Jan 2011Link

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
Thu 20 Jan 2011Link

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.


James Longley
Thu 10 Feb 2011Link

Am I the only person who is seeing all the D-word topics in a big alphabetical list now?


John Burgan
Thu 10 Feb 2011Link

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


James Longley
Sat 12 Feb 2011Link

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


Craig Schneider
Sat 26 Feb 2011Link

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
Sat 26 Feb 2011Link

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
Sun 6 Mar 2011Link

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.


John Burgan
Sun 6 Mar 2011Link

As long as you are logged into FB, you just need to click on the "like" button just to the right of "The D-Word"

Edited Sun 6 Mar 2011 by John Burgan

Jo-Anne Velin
Sun 20 Mar 2011Link

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
Sun 20 Mar 2011Link Tag

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

Even this PC guy knows that! ;-)


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...

Show hidden content

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
Fri 30 Sep 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!


Doug Block
Tue 18 Oct 2011Link

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


Michael B. McGee
Sun 23 Oct 2011Link

In reply to John Burgan's post on Wed 14 Sep 2011 :

can you elaborate on "double posting"? is there a time limit? i posted my availability back in April. can i post it again after a certain period of time?

thanks in advance,
Mike


Doug Block
Sun 23 Oct 2011Link

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.


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