nrgburst: moana shouting what at the ocean (moana what)
Sense8 has been cancelled by Netflix on the first day of Pride Month. :(((( Also, to nobody's surprise, Drumpf pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Accord, because America first 

I'm going to go write. Need to not be in this world for a bit.

ETA: I just donated to All Out. Just my usual monthly lunch money, but a little more proactive than making futile fist shaking posts.


Blargh

Apr. 28th, 2017 08:10 am
nrgburst: (baaaaaaa)
Too many social obligations this week combined with deadlines. ://// I'm not sure I'll be able to finish my triple [community profile] trope_bingo  because my husband volunteered us to host a BBQ this weekend too, after a week of surprise birthday lunches and appointments. WTFDUDE I'D RATHER BE WRITING *glares at the back of his head passive-aggressively* Plus now there's a DW code push on Sunday that cuts off more precious hours to submit.

Naturally I'm here whining about it instead of being productive! LOL

No reaction posts this week so just *muffled screaming* over AoS and Jane the Virgin! Haven't watched iZombie yet, and I'll wait on Grey's and TO too until I get sh*t done. I'll try to comment on reaction posts on my reading page later too- so happy to see other people enjoying the same stuff I'm enjoying on the reading page again! :DDDD
nrgburst: (alison effed it)
What a freaking bother.

Well I'm not going to click agree yet. :/// It's one thing signing up for FB/Tumblr and agreeing to a TOS upon making an account, and another to be forced into a brand new TOS referring to sections of Russian Law (with no link or translation) years in. I am annoyed that all the f-locked stuff is now unavailable in logged-out mode, but I've been here on DW more and more anyway since 1. The circle is waaaay more active than the flist, 2. LJ crashes my Chrome pretty consistently if I try to post or comment. I have no idea if it's the way it does ads, but it's annoying AF since no other site I use does this? 3. My paid time on LJ expired last month. 

I'm going to see how it affects people before hitting nuke on the account, especially since doing so means I have to agree anyway, and they still get to keep all content for a year after. Plus it would be so sad to say goodbye to all the memories there. :/ But I am really glad I made my exodus to DW and did all that PITA housekeeping in January. 
nrgburst: (justice is blind)
So I just had a conversation with a new-to-tumblr person who reposted a bunch of my GIFs. And they were absolutely baffled as to why I was contacting them because they "just found them on Google Search" and had noooo clue that they weren't supposed to re-upload them. :/ 

Making GIFs takes work. It usually takes me an afternoon or morning to make one set, i.e. several hours.

Here's what goes into making a single GIF:


1. Download file off Youtube or rip it from DVD etc. The higher the quality, the better your GIF will look.

2. Cap relevant scene. I usually watch it a bunch of times so I can remember exactly what they're saying and then get around 30-60 caps of the relevant part. You don't want to cap every frame because then your GIF file size will be massive and you'll only get them saying like, two words. So you skip-skip-cap, skip-skip-cap, until you get what you need.

3. Make and name a folder so you can find the caps easily. Place caps in it.

4. Boot up Photoshop. Make a Frame Animation from your folder.

5. Reverse order of frames. Choose the fraction of seconds you want each frame to play. Set replay to forever.

6. Cut your GIF down to size. (optional) I usually make square GIFs now because a) you can cut out background stuff you don't need b) most icons are square c) people steal them less.

7. Sharpen each frame one by one. Do this by matching the frame selected with the original image down the side, then clicking Ctrl-F. THIS IS THE PART I HATE THE MOST. But otherwise your GIF looks fuzzy instead of sharp and crisp.

8. Color your GIF. Highly recommended because most shows shoot everything fairly dark. I usually color each GIF one by one by adjusting Curves, Vibrance and Brightness, although some people just slap a PSD on. Make sure your changes affect the layers you want.

9. Add text (optional). This can be finicky, frame by frame work if you want text to appear only part-way through a GIF instead of through the whole thing.

10. Add other effects. (Fading, Merging two sets of frames, etc.)

11. Save it. Adjust number of colors and image quality to make sure filesize of each GIF is less than 2999kb. (It used to be 1999kb until very recently.)


Rinse and repeat for each part of your set, then

12. Upload to tumblr, adjusting the positions of each GIF in the set and adding a caption and tags.


I hope that makes it a little clearer. I think plagiarism of written work is understood to be clearly wrong because people understand (and even revere) the process of writing more than art or graphics. We study how to make references to source materials when we write papers or essays. But if you wouldn't copy/paste somebody's fic and pass it off as your own, PLEASE DON'T REPOST OTHER PEOPLE'S GIFs OR ARTWORK. It takes less than a second to attribute a source with a link or to reblog the original.

ETA: It's VERY EASY to find the original source of any image, because Google is awesome and powerful. I usually credit in a blog post like this:
Also, please don't reblog sets that proudly proclaim "GIFs not mine!", the same way you would avoid copy/pasting anything verbatim with a disclaimer like, "Reprinted whole sections of this without permission or references! :DDDD"


*grumbles*

noooooooo

Feb. 4th, 2017 05:53 pm
nrgburst: (ded)
My computer battery just died with no warning while I was doing edits to my chocolate box assignment on AO3. (Usually it tells me things like 20% left, 10% left.) :(

Reboot. Two hours work GONE. UGH. Why didn't I hit preview even once? Also why didn't it warn me?!

I'm too depressed to try to remember all the changes I made yet. UGH.

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