I have an Excel spreadsheet with couple hundred rows: URLs, a few fields of identifying information (outlet, etc.), for media hits on the organization I work for. I need to make this into a pretty (or at least semi-legible to the computer illiterate) document that I can give to board members, senior staff, etc.
What I would like is to use some form of scripting to automate this. Bonus points if the script can somehow open the URL and take a screenshot of the story so that I don't have to.
I have a Mac, and both the Adobe and Microsoft suites. How do I not spend tedious hours manually doing this? Especially since I have to do it each month and quarter.
posted by klangklangston
on Jan 31, 2013 -
I need to find a resource (or resources) where I can download old black and white clips. [more inside]
posted by kenaldo
on May 9, 2012 -
Does anyone know where to download any of these Chinese sensationalist pseudo-documentaries made of 9/11 that mix real news footage with clips from blockbuster films? They freely mix fact and fiction, using news footage and illegal clips from Hollywood films. There were three made, with the titles: 1) "The Century's Greatest Catastrophe" (I've also seen it called The Century's Great Catastrophe") and 2) "Surprise Attack on America" and 3) "America's Disaster: The Pearl Harbor of the Twenty-First Century"--all made in 2001. There is a report on them in an article that was in the New Yorker
. Also mention of them made here
. Since they are illegal mash-ups of existing source material, I don't mind if I have to download them from 'questionable' sites. But I'd really like to consult these films for a study I am writing, and would appreciate any pointers as to where to find them.
posted by cmp4Meta
on Apr 4, 2012 -
What is the easiest way to cut clips out of movies on OS X? I use VLC and I'd love to be able to cut out little 10 second pieces by putting in the timestamp of the beginning and end of my desired clip, is this possible? [more inside]
posted by ejfox
on Jun 1, 2011 -
I need sound clips from film, television or other media that incorporate the word 'cover' or 'covers' in some way. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics
on Apr 19, 2011 -
I'm looking for short, humorous movie/TV clips of people who've lost it all. Wailing, moaning, gnashing of teeth preferred. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero
on Nov 1, 2010 -
How do I get the highest possible quality when ripping clips from DVD's? I've been using AoA DVD Ripper software to make .avi files, and while some of them look just fine you can sometimes see a huge difference in quality. Should I be using different software or settings? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis
on Sep 17, 2010 -
I have a folder of 500+ movie clips and would like to know the total time duration when they are combined. Is there a freeware utility that can help me? I'm using Windows XP. Thanks-
posted by cwarmy
on Mar 19, 2010 -
How do I (semi) automatically publish links to many different articles, sorted by date, to a blog? [more inside]
posted by timwindsor
on Feb 17, 2009 -
Where are the online sources for (relatively) high quality video of George W. Bush acting ridiculous on camera? [more inside]
posted by jeremias
on Jan 1, 2009 -
Does anyone know where I can get a strong plastic clip or carabiner to use on a leather lanyard? [more inside]
posted by robotot
on Dec 11, 2008 -
I have trouble keeping up with the big political news on television. So I use the clips on crooksandliars.com
as a way of staying on top of what the current political stories are and how they are being discussed. What I don't like is the editorializing. It's not that I disagree with all their takes, I just find that the way they push their agenda distracts from what I am trying to get from the site. Is there another blog that can keep me up to date with the current television news cycle that is a bit more unbiased? Specifically one that includes video clips of the pundit discussions?
posted by aburd
on Apr 27, 2008 -
If I am looking to play videos off a USB key at presentations, what software should I load onto it for maximum compatibility? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll
on Jan 15, 2008 -
Tin-foil Sunday: What's the deal with this infamous web-video of a strange creature in a Spanish/South-American forest? [more inside]
posted by Harry
on Mar 10, 2007 -
Dear kind folks Ask Metafilter: I am Desperately seeking public domain/creative commons footage of knights fighting. [more inside]
posted by CXImran
on Jan 14, 2007 -
What movies or documentaries have good scenes that could help me demonstrate important topics surrounding the American Revolution? I teach 8th grade. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile
on Sep 29, 2006 -
Remember my request for sci-fi music
? Six months later, I'm finally ready to make my CD mix. Almost. Last night I figured out how to record mp3 audio from DVD on my Mac, and now I want to rip key dialogue snippets from classic sci-fi films. I went for Khan spitting at Kirk from his grave, but there's too much incidental music. I think maybe I can get Ripley signing off. What other short, iconic soundclips from sci-fi films should I look for?
The intro to the old Battlestar Galactica?
Something from Logan's Run
? Blade Runner
bits? Eerie, ethereal, otherworldly, outer-space stuff is best. (Bonus points if you can direct me to a source that's already done the work for me; right now I'm looking at a several-week Netflix slog.)
posted by jdroth
on Sep 19, 2006 -
I can't seem to play video clips (e.g., CNN, Youtube, IFilm, etc.) in Firefox, but they play in Explorer. Why?
posted by madstop1
on Feb 12, 2006 -
What are some of your all-time favorite Internet media clips? Examples: Star Wars Gangsta Rap, the rendered Neil Peart YYZ clip, etc. Looking for eye candy to burn onto DVD for snowy-day living room entertainment.
posted by rolypolyman
on Nov 6, 2005 -
I'm trying to find a brief video clip from the movie Cabin Fever. The clip is of a young, mullet-haired boy (named Dennis) shouting out "Pancakes! Pancakes!" while doing some martial arts moves.
I've found the clip on the web before (over a year ago), but haven't been able to locate it recently. I've tried Google searches with no luck. Any help would be much appreciated.
posted by pinky
on Aug 30, 2005 -
MaryJaneFilter: I'm looking for audio clips (mp3, wav, whatever) relating specifically to the drug prohibition / war on drugs debate in the US. [more inside]
posted by LordSludge
on Jun 2, 2005 -
VERY easy question for this gang. What's the weblog that collects unusual (i.e., Shatnerian) music clips and comments on each one. It's run by a woman whose father was somebody famous.
posted by luser
on Oct 23, 2004 -
A friend is preparing a film course. Does anybody know where I can find clips of the very first films, like "The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station" by Louis Lumière for example, or even some of the pre-lumiere "films", such as those shown at penny arcades?
posted by signal
on Jan 23, 2004 -