There comes a time when you can be given too much information.
97 of your friends have updated their profile pictures…
7 of your friends wrote on X’s wall
What use is that to anybody?
Final Cut Express seems by default (or maybe I did it) set the default Render frame rate to 50% to speed up the NLE previewing process.
These render files however are the same ones that are used to put together the ‘finished product’ if you don’t use one of the Quicktime Conversion options.
If your output (to DVD or whatever) is choppy and you think the frame rate is possibly messed up the easy way to check is to pause your Quicktime movie, then use the left and right keys to move through frames. If each pair of frames is the same then you have not got a full output. To resolve it, go to your User Preferences screen, click Render Control and select 100% from the Frame Rate drop down.
I did fix this problem several months ago, but seeing as I am waiting for something to render I thought it was an opportune moment to write it down.
Update: pssst don’t forget to try deinterlacing if your video looks rubbish ;)
I watched the BBC’s My Family at War tonight, of which there is a series running all week. It was about Rolf Harris and Kirsty Wark as they traced their ancestor’s steps in Northern France. I believe my great grandfather John Balfour served in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in the Somme.
In the show which will be available on iPlayer tomorrowThe show which you can watch here, Harris talks about how his father never talked of the war. My great grandfather died when I was about 15 and I was told he’d never talked about his experience.
The closest I ever heard was when we went to France in the heatwave year of 1995 (or was it 1996?) he was shocked and appalled that we would want to go to such a horrific place. Harris, via War Records, found that his father’s tin hat (which had a shrapnel mark in the skull) did not show a glancing blow, but a wound which nearly ended his life. He saw the horrors that were caused by the huge underground explosions which helped break the trench warfare, at the cost of 10s of thousands of young lives in an instant.