Should I commence the teeth-gnashing now?

October 22nd, 2007  

Updated adventures: one

This week’s Toon is called Tell Her The Camera’s On The Bum. I know what you’re thinking, but you’re wrong. Howzit is by no means impoverished and he does have a place to stay. Sure, he’s travelling on Mississauga’s dime, but George made sure he had enough money to pay his own way home and stay in a good hotel while he’s away. Just in case.

Updated web pages: none

Not that I haven’t tried. I’m really struggling with making CSS do what I’ve done rather easily with tables. Wait, that’s not right, I’ll revise that.

I accept that CSS can’t do what I did by violating the taboo against using tables for layout. I’m willing to acknowledge my weakness, reject the heresy, and swear not to do it again. Really. As soon as I find any CSS that can, say, reliably apply a drop-shadow to an image in all browsers.

Well, I can’t. I got really close, though. I thought I’d found The Grail this week. A CSS guru (Stu Nicholls) has a demo page that illustrates a nice drop-shadow. That page looks right in all four of my test browsers. When I saw that, my heart almost stopped. Could it be…?

No it couldn’t. It’s probably my ignorance of some subtlety of CSS, no doubt, but no matter what I’ve tried I can’t make Stu’s trick work. Not in any of the browsers. None, Jerry. Nar one of ’em.

Curses. Many curses. Much gesticulating at the monitor with upraised digit. Loud condemnations of the CSS gods, thundering oaths of painful and prolonged vengeance, frightening fury unleashed and hurled against those who would deprive me of the simple, perverse pleasure of a little table or two… those bastards.

To no avail. Stu’s CSS still won’t work, even though I’ve picked apart the source for his page and virtually duplicated it–the part that he says creates the drop-shadow, that is. There’s a lot of other stuff going on with the source for Stu’s page there and I have no idea if any of it matters. Probably not, probably it’s something really minuscule that I missed and will MAKE ME FURIOUS but that’s okay. I’ll get it to work, or find something else. It’s just that a drop-shadow for images is the look I want, so it’s tough to make any real progress until I find a method that I can live with.

New videos: none

This project is also a bit off track, but for a different reason. Okay all you mothers of little videographers out there, gather round. Pass this advice to your children: when using Adobe Premiere to capture video, never never never never ever use Scene Detect.

Scene Detect captures a separate clip every time it detects that you started and stopped the camera. This sounds great, and it is–until you make the mistake I made. I renamed some clips and then sorted by name. Don’t do that.

Since then I have not managed to get them back in capture order. Now, perhaps someone out there can explain Premiere’s clip naming algorithm to me. I’m not exactly inexperienced at this sort of thing and I can’t figure out what the hell it did to my clips. It’s logical up to a point, and then… blooey.

This problem resembles the CSS drop-shadow problem in that they are both the sort of thing that drives me crazy, but I can’t stop myself from trying to fix them. Frankly, I’ve put in so much time on the clip order that I realized I would be better off just giving up and recapturing the tape WITHOUT THE DAMNED SCENE DETECT (sorry, but I feel so much better now…) but then I’d never know how Premiere names clips. *Sigh*. I haven’t quite reached that stage with the CSS drop-shadows, but there’s a whole new week ahead.

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