Why Redo Episodes

In some cases, it’s obvious why an episode needs to be capped again. Take The Fires of Pompeii for example. There are four (4) images total. Or blatant image quality problems. Any of the images in Space and Time will tell you that.

Sometimes, though, it’s about more minor differences in image quality. You might have to click for the bigger versions of these images to see what I mean. These are from the recently re-capped The Curse of the Black Spot, which I first capped just this past spring. In each pair, the first is the new and the second is the old. I don’t know how obvious it is through the webpage, but when one of those old images pops up in the desktop or screen saver, it makes me want new spectacles.

The more visually dark an episode is, the worse the effect, so as you may expect, The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People really suffer badly with this, as does The Doctor’s Wife. The brighter eps are mostly okay and so are not immediately slated for re-capping, although I would like to anyway.

Blogging Clients

So I screencap at home where I have a nice big monitor but little to no Internet. I do the reviews while I screencap, so that means working offline. Up to now I’ve been doing this with Wordpad but there’s so much formatting and image adding and stuff to do when I’m ready to post, it just seems smart to use a client. So I went looking for one.

Here are two that got rejected within the first 15 minutes.

Semagic

At the configuration stage it became immediately apparent that it was retrofitted to sort of work with WordPress. Even after entering my details, the controls still insisted on LJ-specific configuration. If just getting started is like this, I’m not going to struggle to make it work.

Chrysanth Webstory

This item is listed in the Codex as freeware. It’s really only sorta freeware. If you are a frequent poster, you have to either buy credits on a per-post basis (only the first post per day is free) or list yourself as a professional blogger and buy credits on monthly subscription. Either way, it’s monetary. What I like to do is try out freeware, and if I like it, buy a license or make a donation. I do that with all the apps I love, and sometimes (EditPlus I am looking at you) more than once.

Am trying Zoundry Raven now. So far I’ve gotten it installed and have imported the site without mishap. We’ll see how this goes.

Update: fail. I wrote an entry that Raven saved and then displayed as an unformatted blob of text. It also threw a lot of errors about tags, even when I didn’t use any. Opened/closed a few times, tried various options. Same thing. I have to gauge my level of interest in troubleshooting this vs. trying something else.

Also, thanks to my 15-minute taste of Webstory, I now have a permanent self.my account. Can’t get rid of it. At least they let me turn off all the email notifications. What a nuisance.

Oh Dear

I’ve just discovered a massive error, or rather a series of them, since I’ve been uploading higher resolution images. Not long ago I mentioning posting resolution sizes in the album descriptions and discovered, to my horror, that Piwigo was identifying my images at much smaller resolution than I was uploading them. I found a setting for “resize images” and turned it off.

Now the images in the gallery are way too large to see what’s in them on smaller screens, and I’ve been looking for how to make them display smaller, but allow the visitor to click through to the original large image. Turns out, that was the default behavior. The resolution that Piwigo lists below the image is the resolution of the web image, not the uploaded image, as I had expected. So, turning resize off screwed things up. Further, that setting is an on-upload setting, not a global setting. So to fix those pages, I’ll have to upload the images again, unless I can find some plugin or something to do it for me. Le sigh.

Therefore, the albums for all the new images for Series Five show the images way too large. My apologies, until I can fix it. What a chore.

That may also break some of the images in the posts as well, since I sometimes link directly to the image instead of uploading into WordPress. It’s going to be a chore to hunt them all down and fix them as well.

Blogtor Who Commentaries Concurrent Links

As mentioned before, I am a massive Blogtor Who Commentaries fan. Now that Series Six is over, Cameron and Sandy have gone back to the top of Series One. This Saturday they’ll be doing Dalek.

Since I’m not that far ahead of them in Queue 2, I’m going to spend more time in Queues 1 and 3 until they catch up. This way I can listen to the commentary while I’m capping, and include a link to the commentary when I post. Yay for related content! The commentaries do hugely enhance my enjoyment of the episodes, so I want that for anyone else who might stumble into here as well.

Speaking of enjoyment, in last week’s Blogtor Who Commentary of World War Three, Cameron read my feedback aloud, and that was more fun than I thought it would be. I sound like a bit of a nutter about the motor scooter, but it doesn’t matter because I’m a True Fan, right? Right? Thanks, guys!

Busy, Busy

Productive weekend. I capped 7.5 episodes, two of which have been culled through and are ready for upload. I did the 5.5 reviews as well, since there were two pairs of two-parters in there. I also added a count for Rory Death to the relevant episodes.

The cats love it when I go on a capping binge. They like to watch telly, too, especially Fez. Fez loves Daleks. I think it’s the way they jiggle about when they get agitated. So anyway capping time is snuggling time, which can become difficult when stray cat parts land on the keyboard, but that’s okay. Sometimes when I back up and take a scene again, that’s why.

I have not introduced my cats here. Fezzis Arkul (Fez) is about three months old as of this writing. Emergency Backup Kitten (Emmy) is seven years old now, hardly a kitten, really.

Have you jumped a shark when you blog your cats?

Headers!

More housekeeping today. The headers have been bothering me. Many had black borders on the sides, and I’ve been wanting to get rid of the header text for a good while now. Plus some of the headers were chosen poorly and needed to be got rid of entirely. Google’s Picnik is fantastic for this quickie stuff.

The tag cloud was getting out of hand, as I feared. Separated the tags and categories, and set the categories into a drop-down. Hope that helps.

Capped The Time of Angels last night and plan to do Flesh and Stone tonight. Yay!

Tidy, Tidy

Doing lots of housekeeping in the gallery today. Labeling albums with what resolution the images within are. Setting up albums for the screencaps I haven’t got yet, to make it that much faster. Cleaning up the queues to remove episodes that have been capped. Tagging albums that contain images that are going to be replaced soon.

Here’s some very interesting info I found while trying to decide what classic series adventures to screencap after I’m done with Trial of a Time Lord. Answers my question! And a great many more besides.

Doctor Who Infographic
Via: CableTV.com