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by Dave Watterson
Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: While you wait for BIAFF results ...
Replies: 9
Views: 9498

Re: While you wait for BIAFF results ...

Yes, Michael, there are umpteen lists of festivals but the ones I mentioned have at least some record of being fair, honest and genuinely welcoming to amateur films!
by Dave Watterson
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: BACKUPS ...
Replies: 1
Views: 2345

BACKUPS ...

I rarely worry about the little family films and interview movies I make. They routinely get backed up to a separate hard drive and either sent to an online host or burned to DVD/BluRay ... But a recent disc crash reminded me forcefully about all the other stuff on my computer that should be backed ...
by Dave Watterson
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: While you wait for BIAFF results ...
Replies: 9
Views: 9498

While you wait for BIAFF results ...

The judging for the IAC International Amateur Film Festival takes places this weekend, but it will be about a month before results are sent out. The delay is to give judges time to write their crits, for double-checking of scores etc. Instead of twiddling your thumbs, why not consider submitting you...
by Dave Watterson
Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Premiere 6.5 problems and HD,
Replies: 21
Views: 13189

Re: Premiere 6.5 problems and HD,

As you say - be thankful for a happy ending.
by Dave Watterson
Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Richard Curry
Replies: 5
Views: 6821

Re: Richard Curry

I think the Kid has got it right ... let us remember Richard with warmth and affection.
by Dave Watterson
Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: When is a Blu-Ray not a Blu-Ray?
Replies: 10
Views: 7014

Re: When is a Blu-Ray not a Blu-Ray?

Standards do change ... though in the case of DVDs and BluRay changes are usually backwards compatible. The most useful advice - often heard from Tom and repeated in handbooks and articles all over the place - is use good quality blank discs. Verbatim and Taiyo Yuden are usually very reliable. Bewar...
by Dave Watterson
Thu Dec 29, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Adobe Premier Elements (Books on)
Replies: 12
Views: 9660

Re: Adobe Premier Elements (Books on)

YES! Any computer that connects even briefly to the web must be protected! There is a minimal protection built in to Windows, but this really is a case where spending a little on an anti-virus system is excellent insurance. Kaspersky seems to get the most plaudits these days and is a fair price at u...
by Dave Watterson
Tue Dec 27, 2016 12:39 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: GoPro and similar cameras
Replies: 2
Views: 3951

GoPro and similar cameras

Santa left a GoPro look-a-like but I have little interest in it as a dashboard camera and do not do exciting downhill ski-jumps ...

Any tips on how best to use it for other purposes. For a start I will need some sort of handgrip.
by Dave Watterson
Sat Dec 24, 2016 11:41 pm
Forum: Club and General Issues
Topic: Happy Christmas and a Good New Year (when it comes)
Replies: 5
Views: 7476

Happy Christmas and a Good New Year (when it comes)

Greetings to all our readers and writers ... all best wishes for the holiday season.
by Dave Watterson
Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Adobe Premier Elements (Books on)
Replies: 12
Views: 9660

Re: Adobe Premier Elements (Books on)

My past practice has been to unplug the editing computer from my internet connection, whenever it was not needed to register a product or obtain updates. Even if you connect to your router by wifi it is usually possible to switch off the connection. (Laptops often have a dedicated function key for t...
by Dave Watterson
Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:31 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Adobe Premier Elements (Books on)
Replies: 12
Views: 9660

Re: Adobe Premier Elements (Books on)

I suspect your advice helped many people, Cathy. Thanks.
by Dave Watterson
Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Is my projector a 7 year-old girl?
Replies: 3
Views: 3592

Is my projector a 7 year-old girl?

Our video projector (I much prefer the Eurospeak term "beamer") runs most nights with an HDMI cable connected to the BluRay player. Today we unplugged from the player and plugged it into a laptop. When set to mirror the laptop screen we did get an image, but coated in pink. While I am happ...
by Dave Watterson
Sat Nov 05, 2016 11:12 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: SHOWMANSHIP
Replies: 4
Views: 6902

SHOWMANSHIP

We naturally concentrate on the making of films ... but perhaps neglect the presentation of them. In the days of perforated film a show at home meant we had to re-arrange furniture to set up a screen, (or move pictures if the wall was our screen), set up a stand, run cables for loudspeakers and turn...
by Dave Watterson
Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:54 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: The NTRIAC Online Film Competition Experiment
Replies: 14
Views: 11693

Re: The NTRIAC Online Film Competition Experiment

I think the file size only referred to the limit imposed by the WeTransfer system for free transfer of a film. The official website makes no reference to that ... ans there would appear to be no limit on films that are already on an online service such as Vimeo ... but the scale of fees does suggest...
by Dave Watterson
Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: The NTRIAC Online Film Competition Experiment
Replies: 14
Views: 11693

Re: The NTRIAC Online Film Competition Experiment

For the sake of the judges it is probably as well that I am not in any of those catchment areas !

People have been asking for online entries of films in British competitions for ages ... and here is a Region making a start. Give it a go.