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My home automation software used to use AppleScript, but since Apple hates AppleScript for some reason, they ditched it for Python. I’m thankful, because if it didn’t force me to learn some basics, I’d have had no idea I could use it to brute force Logic with a string of keyboard commands
It’s the opposite of elegant, but gets the job done if I feed it right (no error checking). The worst thing about it is how long it takes to finish. I’ve put in ridiculous sleep times in case it hangs a bit opening or saving a file.
I started to learn Java at some point, and then decided I’d be happier “going native” with obj-c. Yeah, umm… kinda sorta stalled out.
"Elegant" in programming is not always a good thing. Elegant code is often less efficient than "brute force" where that's appropriate.
I had a college professor demonstrate an "elegant" way to walk through a linked list in C. He used 4 lines of code to do what should have been done in a single line - the textbook example of how smooth and terse C can be - and introduced many places to make a mistake. Which he took advantage of at least once. Yes, he explicitly showed the steps involved, but...
I agree. If he’d done it right, and not made coding errors in his demonstration.
The thing is, he was supposedly teaching “object oriented programming with C++”. He didn’t create a “linked list object” or anything like that. He just put a bunch of overly long, not-well-written code on the board….
The big thing annoying me about it is the pauses I necessary so the script doesn’t get ahead of itself. I originally had it at 2 minutes total for extra safety. Shaved that down to a minute. It should really take 20 seconds or less.
The wildcard is the size of the movie file. The bigger it is, the longer it takes for Logic to open it and extract the audio.
I just manually tested it to be sure it wasn’t an artifact of the Python module I’m using for keyboard input. In Monterey, in Logic Pro, it does indeed autocorrect two spaces into a period in the save dialog.
Compression can choke on grain, which makes sense because grain changes every pixel on every frame. Been an issue we’ve had to deal with for decades now. As such, we’ve been diligently putting every single shot on YouTube and checking to see if it’s a problem before we start editing with it.
My assumption was if the YouTube compressor was handling the 4K grain, their 2K downsample would handle it just as well.
The algorithm YouTube uses for the 2K downsample is optimized for speed. That gets done in about a minute. The 4K can take an hour, so it appears that’s tuned for fidelity. This was right in front of me, but I didn’t put together the implications until now. I have watched other clips we uploaded that YouTube downsampled to 2K but they were never this bad.
Last edited by subego; Jun 2, 2022 at 06:12 PM.
I haven't done anything fancy with YouTube, so this might not work.
Can you add the 4K version after the fact? ie - upload a 2K version. Perhaps with extra contrast applied to that one background. Then "discover" a 4K master, and update your video. The idea being that YT keeps the 2K version you tweaked, instead of downscaling it from the 4K.
YouTube’s privacy settings are such the easiest way to manage our sooper-secret, backstage channel is to have it public, but hard to find. People have started stumbling across it anyway and we have 10 subscribers now.
Very little art of any sort is ever “done”, if you’re the creator. This is because art isn’t a given thing you bolt together and end up with an object. There’s always some aspect you can improve or tweak, or rework, or, or, or etc. It’s a maddening rabbithole.
You have to develop a sense that the thing is “finished”. That still doesn’t stop you from getting those “Doh!” moments of something you should have done. They’re all your children, and all you can ever see are their flaws.
I have an extremely stripped-down “portable” version where the guts fit in a suitcase, and I pull whatever else is needed out of storage. Set that up in our rehearsal space to record most of this… in 2018.
This was originally supposed to be Follies of 2020, so COVID sucked two years out of it. Likewise, our rehearsal space has transformed into our “remote work mixing/editing suite”, which to be honest turned out to be a good thing.
Along those lines… I need to give the album a fresh play to pick my favorites. It’s been a loooong time since I’ve given it a critical listen.
It’s a movie, but that’s such a huge time commitment we decided from the outset to serialize it. Our ambitious goal was also to have each installment to stand on its own. Some of them achieve this better than others.
Once I get the episode I’m working on done, which should be today, we’ll have five in a row banked. That’s 11 days before the next one is due, so there’s pressure, but I’ve got a lot of runway. Likewise, the remaining episodes are all close enough to done they could be released as-is, and probably will be. At this point I’m only looking for obvious things which can be fixed quickly.