littleheaven: (Vidding by Charmax)
I've taken up the challenge from [ profile] obsessive24  to list 5 things I do that I think helps my vids. Not that I feel I'm particularly good, and could probably learn more from others than they can from me, but it might still be fun. Any discussion that results could be helpful for others (or me!) so please comment if you can.

1. When editing hard on the beat, I like to blow the wave-form in the audio track up really large so I can see in the music exactly where the beat is, rather than relying on my ears. I find having a visual marker makes the on-beat edits more accurate. An exception to that is when I have a series of very fast images to successive drumbeats (like at the beginning of Flagpole Sitta). If you start the short clip exactly on the beat, the image will appear to lag behind it when you view it, so for this I move all the clips to a fraction of a second before the beat, so each image flashes up exactly when you hear the beat.

2. Mixed aspect ratio correction. When working in a mixture of 16:9 and 4:3 I have a preset in Vegas that clips the sides off my 16:9 footage to make it 4:3. Though widescreen is prettier by far, I find that it's easier to get away with cutting widescreen down. Often the action is in the middle of the picture, so cutting off the left and right edges usually doesn't amputate anything important. If there's something extreme right, I'll pan to include it at the expense of the left, and vice-versa. Conversely, I find that the DOP will often fill the screen top to bottom on 4:3 footage, so if you cut the top and bottom off to make a 4:3 picture fit the 16:9 format, you often end up chopping off legs and heads. I've found that constantly cropping down widescreen has led to me often cropping down clips that don't need it, just to make them look a bit different, or to focus on one particular part of the screen. In some of my later vids, hardly any of the clips are exactly as they appeared on screen, and are slightly zoomed/panned to varying extents.

3. Pre-render. I use this a LOT in Vegas, where I find my preview gets very jerky and laggy as my timeline fills up. I pre-render small sections at a time - just 3 or 4 clips - because if you change those clips after that, your pre-render falls off, and you don't want to be pre-rendering the whole vid every few minutes. If you butt your pre-rendered sections up against each other, then the preview will play very smoothly, yet if you make a change, you need only re-pre-render that tiny section.

4. Overlays. I've probably been guitly of over-using these, but I find them handy for adding interest to a clip that doesn't have much motion or goes static part-way through. In Passive, when Cordy stabs Lilah, they both go very still, and I've overlaid the image of Lilah falling to the floor to add impact and motion. I just put the overlay clip on another video track and adjust the opacity accordingly. I also like to use them to create visual echoes - I did it a lot in Play Dead where I was a bit short of source. I'd add the same clip on 3 different video tracks, add a bit of a fade-in on the ones that weren't on the main track, and then drag them so they all started at different points (if possible, on a beat in the music), and adjust the opacity on the top 2 accordingly. If I wanted them all to merge at the end of the clip, I'd adjust the speed of the overlays so they'd all synchronise before the crossfade to the next clip.

5. Another thing I like to try to do is match bits of internal motion to other beats in the music that aren't the start of the bar. I'm using musical terminology here because I was a musician before I was a vidder. A good proportion of pop/rock songs are in 4/4 (unless you're listening to Tool, LOL), so there are 4 beats in the bar. Most people will cut on beat 1 for the start of a clip, and again on 3. These are usually where the strongest beats are. However, if your character is doing something like punching, suddenly turning their head, etc, part way through the clip, then I like to line those up with beats 2 or 4.

Eh, I'm probably telling everyone stuff they do as matter of course anyway, but I'm not a complicated vidder, so... there you go.

littleheaven: (Vidding by Charmax)
As snurched from most of the vidders on my flist...

Cut for length... )
littleheaven: (Family Guy Stewie Mirror by Loleia)
Snurched from [personal profile] switch842

Empire Magazine has revealed its list of the "50 Greatest TV Shows" ever. Below is the list and here be the rules.

1. Bold the shows you've watched every episode of
2. Italic the shows you've seen at least one episode of
3. Post your answers

50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex & The City

45. Farscape
44. Cracker
43. Star Trek
42. Only Fools and Horses
41. Band of Brothers

40. Life on Mars
39. Monty Python's Flying Circus
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation
36. Father Ted

35. Alias
34. Frasier
33. CSI: Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5
31. Deadwood

30. Dexter
29. ER
28. Fawlty Towers
27. Six Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf

25. Futurama
24. Twin Peaks
23. The Office UK
22. The Shield
21. Angel

20. Blackadder
19. Scrubs
18. Arrested Development
17. South Park
16. Doctor Who

15. Heroes
14. Firefly
13. Battlestar Galactica
12. Family Guy (I haven't seen the last couple of eps but they're on my compy ready to be watched)
11. Seinfeld

10. Spaced
09. The X-Files
08. The Wire
07. Friends
06. 24

05. Lost
04. The West Wing
03. The Sopranos
02. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
01. The Simpsons

Man, I watch waaaay too much TV!

Name meme

Aug. 2nd, 2006 04:02 pm
littleheaven: (Stargate Wide-Mouth-Frog Jack by Psychof)
Snurched from [profile] emma_daisy

1. Are you named after anyone?

No.  My mother picked Claire because it couldn't be shortened.

2. Do you have your children's names picked out already? If so, is there any significance?
We have a boy's name picked - something my husband thought of that we liked.

3. If you were born a member of the opposite sex what would your name have been?
Duncan.  I'm glad I was a girl.

4. If you could re-name yourself what name would you pick and why?
After 35 years, what would be the point?

5. Are there any mispronunciations/typos that people do with your name constantly?
People often leave out the i.

6. Any nicknames you are fond of?
Mum called me Stumble Bum when I was a baby, because my legs were so short that my nappies came down past my knees and tripped me up.  Most people call me Claire Bear.

Music meme

Jul. 16th, 2006 01:06 am
littleheaven: (Family Guy Stewie Sexy Dance by Bettsta)
I was tagged by [personal profile] starlet2367

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your livejournal along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they're listening to.

1) She Is by The Fray - nice pop/rock with prominent use of piano, which I really like.  There's something organic about it.
2) Just Stop by Disturbed - because sometimes you just want to scream stuff.  Wah-ah-ah-ah!
3) Maybe Tomorrow by Stereophonics - great for driving to with the window open and the wind in your hair.
4) Other Side Of The World by KT Tunstall - I get the insane urge to perform this at a karaoke bar.
5) Sooner Or Later - Breaking Benjamin - a girl's gotta rock.  Especially with a new subwoofer in the boot of the car.
6) How To Save A Life by The Fray - I'm on a Fray bender at the moment.
7) Somewhere Only We Know by Keane - fell in love with this the second I heard it on Grey's Anatomy last year.  Loved it even more in The Lake House trailer.  More piano :o)  Plus it has a cute video with little glowy alien dudes in it.

I tag anyone who feels like doing this!
littleheaven: (Stargate Whineyme by Claritylore)
Half-inched from [ profile] sockpuppet

You scored as SG-1 (Stargate). You are versatile and diverse in your thinking. You have an open mind to that which seems highly unlikely and accept it with a bit of humor. Now if only aliens would stop trying to take over your body.


SG-1 (Stargate)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


Serenity (Firefly)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Moya (Farscape)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
created with
littleheaven: (Stargate Geek Love by Little Heaven)
Ahoy, mateys. I've been adrift in LJ land for a week because our ISP capped us back to dial-up for exceeing our bandwith limit, and I just couldn't cope with waiting 15 minutes for my friends page to load...

But now I'm back with an meme gakked from everyone.

Behind a cut at Katy's request )


Apr. 9th, 2006 11:05 am
littleheaven: (Red Dwarf Holly by _snitchbitch)
Half-inched from [ profile] maybebabies

Go to Wikipedia and type in your birthdate (not the year). List three events, two births, and one interesting death.

122 - The building of Hadrian's Wall begins.
1503 - Michelangelo begins work on his David.
1898 - Hannibal Williston Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film

1916 - Roald Dahl, Welsh writer (d. 1990)
1944 - Peter Cetera, American singer and bass guitarist (Chicago)

1996 - Tupac Shakur, American rapper and actor (b. 1971)
littleheaven: (Stargate One Of Those Days by Little Hea)
Tagged by [ profile] mistress_mab. Beyotch ;o)

What is yours?
Explain yourself
Culinary: Pizza Everything you want in one bite. And you can eat it out of a box.
Literary: Bond novels Pure escapism. In a tux and an Aston Martin.
Audiovisual: Crossing Over with John Edward Well, haven't you ever wondered if the "other side" can really make contact?
Musical: Duran Duran I was an 80's teenager. You had to be into synth pop. It was a pre-requisite. (I chose not to interpret this one as the broadway style of musical, because I hate those things).
Celebrity: Craig McLachlan from Neighbours Permed mullets were cool in the 80's.

Now I tag:-

[ profile] auntyk [ profile] damnskippytoo [ profile] maybebabies [ profile] nailla42 and [ profile] kres

to complete this same Quiz, Its HERE.
littleheaven: (Stargate 4 Faces of Daniel by Psychofill)
Tagged by [ profile] maybebabies, who obviously feels she may need to bribe me at some time in the future... ;o)

The joking premise: everyone can be bought off.
In the event I need to bribe people, this could be very useful information. Therefore, I am listing the five most effective things to bribe me with. If you get tagged, your mission is to do the same, then tag 5 more people.

1. Great wads of money (hey, it's a classic)
2. A day with Michael Shanks and Chris Judge
3. On-demand backrubs
4. Really good jeans
5. A cellar full of Montana Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Tagging [ profile] emma_daisy, [ profile] macgyvergal, [ profile] psychofilly, [ profile] starlet2367 and [ profile] stephicozar.

Four Play

Jan. 9th, 2006 03:14 pm
littleheaven: (Stargate Daniel I Can Kill You With My B)
Gakked from [ profile] astridv

Four Things meme... )
littleheaven: (Christmas Flat Reindeer by Little Heaven)
Gakked from [ profile] fangirljen

The Twelve Days of Christmas
for littleheaven70:
Day #Who?What they got you
1sttallisenTwo lumps of coal
2ndstarlet2367Leather Pants
3rdbrihana25A chicken
4theyesthatslayA faux fur fedora
5thmacgyvergalDuct tape and a paper clip
6thwhitetowerA book of all of the swear words in every language
7themma_daisyA time machine
8thjuliefortuneNekkid Daniel Jackson
9thmistress_mabPorn hair & a tiara
11thrachelcaineAn extremely sexy Djinn
12thcrazymadjoA butterfly net
Take this Quiz at

(I didn't cheat! Much...)

:claps hands:

It's the best Christmas ever!

Except for the coal. Tallie, what were you thinking? ;o)
littleheaven: (Christmas Shot Snowman by Psychofilly)
Gakked from [ profile] psychofilly

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In August I farted in an elevator (-6 points). In January I gave change to a homeless guy (19 points). In July I helped [ profile] juliefortune across the street (6 points). Last Monday [ profile] starlet2367 and I robbed a bank (-50 points). Last Tuesday I helped [ profile] psychofilly see the light (8 points). Yesterday I threw water bombs at [ profile] mistress_mab and messed up her fabulous porn hair (-20 points).

Overall, I've been extremely naughty (-43 points). For Christmas I deserve to be spanked repeatedly by Michael Shanks!


Write your letter to Santa! Enter your LJ username:

What? I didn't cheat. Honest!
littleheaven: (Bones - So Serious by Psychofilly)
Half-inched from [ profile] macgyvergal and [ profile] crazymadjo...


If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don't speak often) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me. It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your LJ and be surprised (or mortified) about what people DON'T ACTUALLY remember about you.



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