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Fiction writing advice for the advanced amateur.

I seem to be teetering on the edge of getting somewhere with my writing, but I'm not there yet. How can I learn to get a handle on pacing and characterization in my novels and short stories? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Dec 8, 2010 - 17 answers

How to edit out keyboard sound in GarageBand?

I have a mov file that I imported into GarageBand. It has male and female voices, and the sound of someone typing on a keyboard. How would I edit this keyboard sound out? FYI I know next to nothing about GarageBand, so keep it simple please.
posted by shivohum on Dec 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Video editor for Windows Vista or Windows 7

My sister needs to make YouTube videos for her business. The camera outputs MP4 files. Needs the ability to edit and add beginning and ending slides. Output should be uploadable to YouTube. Currently using VideoPad (on Vista) which keeps outputting video with out-of-sync audio. Suggested software should work on Vista or Windows 7. Any ideas? (besides Movie Maker)
posted by ao4047 on Nov 29, 2010 - 5 answers

I'm waiting for the inevitable typo to appear in the body text.

After previously having worked in an editing capacity for four years, I miss the experience of editing and what it does for me as a writer. I'm interested in opportunities and ideas for part-time paid or perhaps even volunteer opportunities in the Philadelphia area doing editing. [more inside]
posted by Keter on Nov 17, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I get started editing this manuscript?

What are some ways to approach editing a large manuscript? [more inside]
posted by staggering termagant on Nov 11, 2010 - 15 answers

Web Editing Resources?

Help Me Be A Good Web Editor! Please? Hi! The media outlet where I work has recently started a news web site, and I'm the editor. I have a vague idea of what I'm doing, but the actual copyediting-type-stuff I've been doing to AP print standards. I don't have a specific question, but generally, I'd really like to get some of the "official" basics of web editing down. I looked on mediabistro and they don't seem to have a class for this, and I looked on Amazon but I'm not sure about those books. Any suggestions for resources? I'd love either a class or a book that's as useful as the AP Guide, but for print. Your thoughts, hivemind?
posted by supercoollady on Nov 2, 2010 - 6 answers

Who proofs the proofreaders?

I'm a professional copy editor who has been blessed with an intern with good instincts and grammatical understanding, but needs to learn the techniques of the craft. Right now I'm just reviewing her work and discussing her mistakes/omissions as they arise, but I'd like to do more formalized instruction. Can anyone recommend a lesson plan? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Oct 6, 2010 - 16 answers

I want your ugly, I want your diseased... papers.

I’m a high school student who likes to edit her professor father’s papers (and those of his colleagues) in her free time. How can I help more professors? What else should I learn to become a better editor? [more inside]
posted by glass origami quicksilver robot on Oct 1, 2010 - 22 answers

Old VHS-quality video effects

VideoProductionFilter, I'm doing a video project for school and I want to make the most realistic 1980-esque infomercial, complete with grainy/old-VHS look, sour, distorted sound, and muffled voices. How can I create these effects? [more inside]
posted by Taft on Sep 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me put the period to this.

I have several lengthy documents I'm editing for a book. The author scanned his hard copy and ran the result through an OCR program. The OCR omitted most of the periods. Is there a way to make Microsoft Word 2000 or OpenOffice Writer 3 put the periods where they go, or am I doomed to putting them in as I edit?
posted by bryon on Sep 25, 2010 - 10 answers

Recommend me some video editing software for a simple text and graphics video for You Tube?

I need some video editing software to produce a simple video of text, photos and soundtrack for You Tube. [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Sep 18, 2010 - 3 answers

How about "skyline" or "in the distance"...

When a book is reviewed by an editor, do they look for words that are repeated too much? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Sep 17, 2010 - 10 answers

How do I keep Wordpress users in their own sandbox?

Wordpress filter: Is there a fairly simple way that I'm missing to restrict WP users from editing only the pages they're authorized to edit? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Sep 15, 2010 - 2 answers

DIYtherPad

I'd like to set up my own installation of EtherPad for a course I'm teaching, but... [more inside]
posted by bokane on Aug 27, 2010 - 7 answers

Seattle Productions

What are some production companies in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Unred on Aug 21, 2010 - 2 answers

How to send 5GB files??

How can I send HUGE files over the internet? (5GB, 20GB, etc)? [more inside]
posted by sharingideas on Aug 19, 2010 - 24 answers

How do I learn to make short movies?

I'm an engineer wanting to explore my creative side a bit via making short films aimed at online viewing via YouTube or whatever. I've got the high-end Macintosh but I need (1) a camera (hopefully better than my old MiniDV camcorder), (2) software (Final Cut Express or similar, I suppose), and (3) skill in the mechanics of filming and editing and in the technique of story telling. In other words, I need to learn how to operate the camera and editing software but I also need to learn what I want to do with it. I'd appreciate suggestions for any of this stuff but pointers on good books or whatever for learning the skills would be really nice.
posted by LastOfHisKind on Aug 15, 2010 - 9 answers

"Radio edit" from CD version of song?

How to transform song from CD version to "radio edit" version? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Aug 13, 2010 - 12 answers

I know J, K, L, but what's the shortcut key for Evolve?

How do I tell better stories with video? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Jul 26, 2010 - 6 answers

Awesome lightroom presets?

What are your favorite (preferably free) lightroom presets? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Jul 23, 2010 - 2 answers

What's in a name? Help name my freelance book editing business.

I need help naming my freelance book editing business. I do developmental editing--critiquing "big picture" elements of a story like Point of View, character and plot development, pacing, etc.--but it's not a term that most writers are familiar with and it goes by other names as well, which confuses authors. I don't do copyediting (grammar and punctuation). I'd like something that's either self-explanatory but not boring, or is witty/irreverent/intriguing, with extra points for a literary allusion. [more inside]
posted by Yoshimi Battles on Jul 22, 2010 - 21 answers

How can I quickly come to grips with journalist/editor basics?

Magazine editor for dummies? How can I quickly come to grips with journalist/editor basics? I have been offered a job as an editor but I have never done this sort of work before. [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Jul 18, 2010 - 4 answers

Pay me please!

I do freelance work for a company that I suspect may be in financial trouble. How do I protect myself? How best to find out what's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2010 - 9 answers

Recommend an online forum where video production for the Web is discussed?

Recommend an online forum where video production for the Web is discussed? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Jul 8, 2010 - 1 answer

YouTube Internet Editor

I saw a website once that took YouTube clips and only played certain parts from them, specified by the user... what was that website? [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow on Jun 22, 2010 - 2 answers

How Do I Tactfully Manage Emotional Writers

I'm responsible for all the documentation at my workplace. I receive a few documents per day, and invariably they're somewhat badly written. So part of my process is that I edit them and clean them up before I post them on our intranet. Most folks like that I do this, but there are some who take it personally and consider the document to be "theirs" - because they wrote it. However, the document is really for other people, and if it's difficult for others to understand, or there are steps missing, or at worst it causes confusion, then it is not a good document and requires modification. How do I tactfully manage this? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Jun 18, 2010 - 23 answers

Is there a name for the video technique where text is "stuck" to an element of the video?

Is there a name for the video technique where text is "stuck" to an element of the video? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome on Jun 3, 2010 - 6 answers

Flash cut?

Is there a name for this editing technique? [more inside]
posted by ninebelow on Jun 3, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I edit a compiled .cgi program/script?

How can I edit this compiled .cgi file without breaking its functionality? [more inside]
posted by mrbarrett.com on May 27, 2010 - 13 answers

Canon 7D/Final Cut video editing workflow: How to do it?

Canon 7D/Final Cut video editing workflow: How to do it? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on May 26, 2010 - 8 answers

I need advice for and help with the self-publishing process.

Writing a book that will be self-published at the end of the summer. I have questions about writing, layout, self-publishing and more. [more inside]
posted by zenja72 on May 18, 2010 - 2 answers

Sound advice for audio organisation.

OS X software for cutting, organizing and editing audio? [more inside]
posted by monocultured on May 9, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I become a better writing tutor/coach for my coworkers?

How do I become a better writing tutor/coach for my coworkers? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on May 3, 2010 - 7 answers

Editing HTML and copy workflows!

How can I copy and paste text, and include links, without making a mess? [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds on Apr 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Poor HD editing performance

Why is my PC so crap at editing HD video? What can I do to make it better? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Apr 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Look, Who's Talking Now?

I have a camcorder and Adobe Premiere. I'm working on this video project where I want to replace the movement of mouths and change up the dialogue from old movies. Something akin to these etrade commercials (except, of course, not as technically tight). How can I most ably accomplish this?
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Apr 8, 2010 - 1 answer

Connect me with people who need academic editing.

Are there any websites that hook up editors with students willing to pay for paper-editing? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly on Mar 17, 2010 - 8 answers

Editing Half D1 video

What's the best way to edit Half D1 (352x480) footage in a NLE? [more inside]
posted by GalaxieFiveHundred on Mar 8, 2010 - 8 answers

iMovie, you're dead to me.

I'm looking for good consumer-grade video editing software for the Mac that is not iMovie or Final Cut Express. [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Mar 8, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me edit my photos again!

Adobe Lightroom is displaying all of my photos as blank gray boxes (see here)? How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Mar 4, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I get computers to recognize Sony MiniDV Camera?

Why can't I capture video from a Sony MiniDV camera's firewire (i.link) port? [more inside]
posted by sswiller on Mar 1, 2010 - 3 answers

how much to charge?

grad students, publishers, editors, i need your advice: How much to charge per hour for checking footnotes on a book soon-to-be-published? [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Feb 26, 2010 - 12 answers

Recording and editing Skype calls.

I'm going to conduct an interview over Skype for a podcast. What (free) tools are at my disposal for recording and editing? Any advice gratefully appreciated.
posted by Frasermoo on Feb 18, 2010 - 7 answers

Any tips for going from Adobe Premiere Pro to Final Cut Pro?

Any tips for going from Adobe Premiere Pro to Final Cut Pro? [more inside]
posted by bostonhill on Feb 12, 2010 - 11 answers

Need copyediting work!

How do I find freelance copyediting work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Video editing for noobs

Best video editing software for a novice? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Feb 9, 2010 - 11 answers

How bad is shipping a book with errors?

A book I edited shipped with significant errors because of my negligence. How bad is it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2010 - 14 answers

What is the best audio editing workflow for making an instructional DVD?

What is the best audio editing workflow for making an instructional DVD? [more inside]
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese on Jan 24, 2010 - 7 answers

I need to rent a mac or video editing space in Seattle. Any tips?

I just got a new Canon T1i last week and have been going nuts with the HD video recording. But alas, I don't have my Macbook anymore and won't be able to afford one for a couple more months. Until then, I need to somehow edit the footage because I'm getting seriously antsy. [more inside]
posted by badish on Jan 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me make the next Avatar!

What is the best video editing software for me? [more inside]
posted by Brettus on Jan 14, 2010 - 10 answers

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