While looking for a tool to somewhat compress and strip metadata from digital photos, I recently discovered Compress JPEG. While its compression ratios seem a little less high than TinyJPG’s, it has yet to cause horrible banding artifacts—the reason I’m not always a fan of the latter.
Turns out this very blog had been showing a PHP notice in the likes of Undefined variable: formats in […] on line 34!
It seems the otherwise great Scrawl WordPress theme contains a small bug on line 34 of content.php. In version 1.0.7 at least, that line references
$formats, which is only defined within the scope of a function (i.e.,
scrawl_post_format()) that doesn’t get called until line 35 of the same content.php. The good news is that checking against post formats is already being handled by
scrawl_post_format(), and thus can simply be omitted from content.php!
A clean fix would be to change these bits in content.php:
<?php if ( has_post_format( $formats ) ) : ?> <?php scrawl_post_format(); ?> <?php elseif ( is_sticky() ) : ?> <span class="entry-format"><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" title="<?php esc_attr_e( 'Featured', 'scrawl' ); ?>"><span class="screen-reader-text"><?php esc_attr_e( 'Featured', 'scrawl' ); ?></span></a></span> <?php endif; ?>
<?php if ( is_sticky() ) : ?> <span class="entry-format"><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" title="<?php esc_attr_e( 'Featured', 'scrawl' ); ?>"><span class="screen-reader-text"><?php esc_attr_e( 'Featured', 'scrawl' ); ?></span></a></span> <?php else : ?> <?php scrawl_post_format(); ?> <?php endif; ?>
…which does the exact same thing.
I’ve been looking into and reading up on (DSLR) video production for a little while now, and decided to share some of my findings online. (I’ll probably update this page a couple times in the future, too!)
- DaVinci Resolve Lite — Professional color correction and grading suite
- Juan Melara’s film emulation LUTs — ‘The easiest way to make your digital footage look like film’
- VirtualDub — Video processing tool that supports many 3rd-party filters; particularly useful in combination with the (equally free) Deshaker plugin
- 5DtoRGB — Transcode DSLR footage to a less compressed and chroma-smoothed format, allowing for higher quality post-production
(DIY) Filmmaking News
- DSLR Video Shooter — Caleb Pike’s blog on DSLR videography
- CheesyCam — Gear reviews and DIY projects alike
- No Film School — Online filmmaking community, ‘where filmmakers learn from each other’
(Professional) Filmmakers’ Blogs
- Tom Antos Films — All sorts of tips and gear reviews for (DSLR) filmmakers, by director and cinematographer Tom Antos
- Learning Video — Self-proclaimed ‘advanced amateur’ (DSLR) videographer Dave Dugdale’s blog
- Chris Hall Color — Colorist Chris Hall’s blog, home to his highly recommended Anatomy of a Grade series
- Juan Melara — Blog of Australian cinematographer and colorist Juan Melara (of the extremely popular ‘Summer blockbuster’ color grading tutorial)
- Hurlbut Visuals — Blog of established cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC
- Prolost — Blog of filmmaker, photographer, and Creative Director at Red Giant Software Stu Maschwitz
- Vincent Laforet — Blog of renowned photographer and (DSLR) filmmaker Vincent Laforet
- Philip Bloom — (DSLR) filmmaking legend Philip Bloom’s blog
- Vashi Visuals — Vashi Nedomansky’s film editing blog
Capsicum Mediaworks’ WordPress pre-launch checklist may come in handy one day.
Jeffrey Zeldman on how some things have hardly changed these past twelve or so years, in a rather brilliant A List Apart column:
It’s particularly troubling when […] code schools […] neglect to teach their students the vital importance of separating structure from appearance and behavior; the overwhelming urgency of marking up content semantically so that it is accessible to any person, of any ability, using any device; the genius (and long-term viability) of designing with progressive enhancement instead of targeting specific devices as manufacturers spawn ever more of them […].
We made sure to pass by a number of attractions while visiting Cairo two weeks ago.
I will one day make this into a brief introduction that actually makes sense, I promise.