tiggymalvern: (huh?)
I don't know how many of my video-editing friends are still active on LJ and might read this, but I figured it was worth asking.

I'm adding titles to a video I'm editing - I'm using Premiere Elements 9, if that makes a difference, but I think Elements and the full version handle titles the same way. One of the titles I added didn't appear on the timeline - the text is there on the video, exactly how and where I put it, but the box labelled 'title 40' isn't on the timeline - there's nothing there at all. The program knows that I used title 40, because the next one I used was 41, and appeared as normal.

The absence of a box on the timeline means I can't find a way to shorten the duration of the title from the default. Of course, I'd already saved the new version of the edit before I realised. Without a title box, I can't edit the title, nor can I just delete it and replace it, because there's nothing for me to click on to select cut... If I'd noticed quickly enough, I could have used 'undo last edit', but of course I didn't, and that option is gone too.

So, I have two questions:
1) Has anyone ever experienced invisible title boxes before?
2) Is there any other way to access a title other than the box? I poked around the menu options, hoping for something like 'select title number' to magically appear, but not that I can find.

At this point, I seem to have two options - live with the title hanging around on screen for too long, or recreate the entire video from scratch. I am most definitely NOT doing the latter. If someone could offer me a third option, I would be much obliged!

The Oscars

Mar. 2nd, 2014 07:43 pm
tiggymalvern: (huh?)
I will admit, I haven't seen 20 Feet From Stardom. I'm sure it's a very good documentary about backing singers - I hear from reliable reviewers that it is.

But, um, it's a documentary about backing singers. I've seen a lot of documentaries on a lot of subjects over many years, and I haven't seen one that got me in the gut and shook my world more than The Act Of Killing. How exactly is it possible to make any documentary about backing singers that is better than the astounding innovation of a film-maker who spent six years getting to know a group of mass murderers, so that they would not only tell him exactly what they had done and how they felt about it, but enthusiastically act it all out for the cameras? Oh, and while he was there, he also got the government who told them who to kill not only to admit to it, but also to send their paramilitary wing to join in the re-enactments.

I think I can say with a fair degree of certainty that if I watched 20 Feet From Stardom, I wouldn't still be telling people about it a year later.
tiggymalvern: (springtide)
You chose not to snow here all winter. Now that it is officially spring, did you really have to think, 'Oops, I forgot something!'?
tiggymalvern: (wtf is with this shit?)
An Italian woman called Princess Gesine and her brother Prince Jonathan, upon the death of their mother, became heirs to an estate of stunningly vast but difficult to calculate wealth, including two Renaissance palaces and their collections of interior art by various Italian masters. Princess Gesine is Catholic, married, with kids. Prince Jonathan is gay, living with his official domestic partner (civil partnership signed in the UK, because Italy doesn't recognise them), and has two children borne by surrogate mothers.

Princess Gesine has asked an Italian court to rule whether her brother's children can be considered legitimate heirs to the estate, because Italian law does not recognise surrogacy. So far, so much unpleasant domestic drama. The kicker to all this? Both brother and sister were adopted from a London orphanage. 'Princess Gesine', who considers her brother's kids to be dubious because he wasn't romantically involved with their mothers, is herself no blood relation whatsoever to that nice Italian couple who raised her in a life of riches and left her half the estate she is now fighting her brother in court over.

That caring, rich Italian lady who took on two unwanted kids, was presumably Catholic too, but she didn't disinherit her son for being gay. I wonder just what she might have thought of her daughter now?
tiggymalvern: (wtf is with this shit?)
I'm 38 years old and still getting my ID demanded to buy alcohol. Twice in the last 10 days - once because I ordered a glass of wine in a restaurant and again today for buying a bottle of wine at the supermarket.

Seriously, people, I haven't been under legal drinking age, even under America's idiotic laws, in a very long time. I have wrinkles. Can you cease the puritanical paranoia now and leave me to buy my booze in peace, please?
tiggymalvern: (huh?)
Gmail is of the opinion that I have received no email in the last 24 hours. Not on any of my accounts, including the one with 50 post a day mailing list subscriptions.

I find this a tad unlikely.

So if you've emailed me in the last day or so, or replied to something of mine in LJ, you can safely assume the ether ate it.
tiggymalvern: (huh?)
You can probably stop snowing now. You've already set a new record for the latest date for snow three times. You can take some time off to kick back and relax, consider it a job well done, and stick with rain for the rest of the year.


The Greater Seattle Area
tiggymalvern: (huh?)
The karate grading tonight was something of a fiasco. Sensei called up the three of us who were testing for second green, then proceeded to run us through most of the exam for 1st purple, a grade above that we were testing for. The results really weren't good XD

It's not as if I don't know how to do that stuff, we're always working well above our grade in classes. But when you're all set to do lunging reverse punch, then he calls out double punch, your brain's still going, 'Huh? But that's not...' when you have to start. So when all three of us fucked up the first time and he gave us a second chance and we still looked kind of ragged, sensei finally twigged and apologised, and moved on... to the next purple grading move.

Some of it he later realised he'd screwed up, some of it he never did (well, maybe in really really hindsight, who knows?). But even when he got to the parts he called right, or the parts that were the same like the step kumite, we were all somewhat flustered and brain-dead, and I was just waving my arms around in vaguely the right places with absolutely no finesse or kime. And I was concentrating so damn hard in getting my arms in the right places for the moves I hadn't expected to do, the stances were all over the place and just had to take their chances, and I have no clue what my hips were doing (or more likely weren't). So I don't know what the grading senseis will do with all that. I guess they'll just have to give us all the benefit of the doubt....

In other news, we ate the second box of Ethel M chocolates from Vegas, and OMG, the truffles were even better than the nut and caramel selection. And given what a caramel addict I am, that's really saying something. I definitely have to find out if those things are for sale online ::yum::

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