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FAQ: My Thumbnails Load Very Slowly

Because if you haven’t, and lets say the images are 800 x 600 pixels and your project interface needs thumbnails that are 80 x 60 pixels, then you’re asking the interweb, and your browser, and the server, and Korsakow, to download (at a minimum) 10 x more information than it needs. … If it takes 3 seconds to download an 800 x 600 image, and there are three, that’s 6 seconds before they will appear. 6 seconds, doesn’t sound like much, but if you have filmed using Vine then your video is probably already over before they’ve even appeared…

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FAQ: handleuncaughtexception Error

My project was working fine last night, now when I open it I get “handleUncaughtExceptioin” error and it doesn’t work. … But we did notice that it was being opened and exported from old version of Korsakow, we downloaded and installed latest version, opened the project file (the one that ends in .krw), did a new export, and all is good.

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FAQ: Exported Project is Blank in Browser Window?

I’ve done everything, followed the manual and notes you’ve provided on your blog but once I export it(so I can have a look at it), I click on the link, my browser opens, but the screen just remains black! … If you want it to work in Chrome you need to remove all spaces in file and folder names (including the media you have exported into the project, so pretty much recommend you begin again), re export, and should be OK, if not check file and folder names.

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FAQ: Official Korsakow Frequently Asked Questions

The fine folks in Montréal who make Korsakow also maintain the largest and canonical FAQ about Korsakow for the software. Go there first, not here….

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FAQ: Things you should not do in Korsakow. Ever

When you export it writes special computer code which pretty much says “to run look for this stuff in data”. … If you change the name of the folder then the Korsakow film will look for stuff in data, but since it is no longer called data, it will be broken.

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FAQ: The best advice for when it goes pear shaped

Might not sound like good advice but please from someone who has seen this a lot of times, if your project keeps crashing or just won’t export even though you’ve gone through all the steps (as Jenny did here ) just start again, from the very beginning. … So if things go pear shaped often the easiest thing is to put your house in order (files in the right places and so on) and make a new Korsakow project, and begin again.

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FAQ: A Student Korsakow Outline

Lupita, a student from 2012, has written their own summary of how to Korsakow . Following the example of Sunniva .

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FAQ: How To? Korsakow, From Go to Whoa

Screen cast made during a lab of me creating a small Korsakow project and publishing it to the student web server. (.mov, 92Mb, 21 minutes)

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FAQ: What are in and out keywords?

The idea is that in most cases there are more than one match between out and in words (if there was only one then you’d be making a linear movie, which sort of defeats the point of using a system such as Korsakow). … Think of the green line as a connection from one bit of video to four others, where the line is to be thought of as one out keyword that is matching that same keyword in four other clips (which would be in keywords).

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FAQ: Video Thumbnails

Do nothing, don’t set a preview in the SNU editor and it will default to using itself (the video) for the preview. … It will play, but I’m downloading about 80% more data than I need, and the computer is having to work much much harder (downloading, resizing the video, playing it) which will affect the performance of your project.

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FAQ: How do you preview your project?

Please put it in a nice new folder when you export so the index.html and data folder don’t get all tangled up in everything else. … If not then when you upload it it will not work (because the web server can’t tell if it is video, a picture, a web page etc, that’s why files online have .mov and so on at the end).

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FAQ: Compression Tips

Google any of these if you need explanations. H.264 is best codec to use (gives best quality) you should always compress using 2 pass compression you should always set keyframes to ‘natural’ or ‘automatic’ (they mean the same thing) you can usually set the data rate to 20% less than you are happy with and no one else will notice (if you set it at 1000kbits a second and you think that’s acceptable, do it at 800kbs and no one else will notice) the size of the video in terms of pixels should match what you’re going to use in your final project

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FAQ: What resolution should videos be for import?

No simple answer. My rule of thumb, well thumbs really, are: work out what size the video will be in the final project (i.e. in the interface what size is your video window) i export my original video to that size, but with a reasonably high quality, e.g. for 600 x 400 I might set 1000kbits per second as a data rate – remember it is data rate that makes a big difference to quality then I lt Korsakow compress it using H.264 Good or Best if I’m using more recent version of Korsakow I get it right outside as I can export without Korsakow recompressing, here it is trial and error so I test one or two clips first trade of is quality versus file size versus how quickly it will load and play online

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FAQ: How do I publish my film?

When you do this there is an index.html file and a folder called data which has lots (I mean lots ) of stuff in it. … Once logged in (server is raws.adc.rmit.edu.au, username your student id, password whatever it is) you will see a directory with a folder called public_html.

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FAQ: How do I edit an interface?

Open an interface in a Korsakow project (by double clicking it, or making a new one) (the size of the interface is defined by ‘movie size’ under the File menu in ‘project settings’) Click any thing (object) on the interface, a ‘bounding box’ appears around it (so you know it has been selected) once selected its properties are listed on the right properties are the interface object’s affordances – what it can do and what you can do to it e.g. if it is a text element you can set font, size, colour and so on if it is a movie the size you can drag things from the widget pane on the right into the interface click them to select and see what properties they have remember to size them too don’t know what something does? read the manual, or put it on, and see what it does when you export the project when you’re done click save (lower right) and I’d save your project when it closes the interface editor and returns you to the Korsakow screen export and see what you’re changes have achieved

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FAQ: Guts of the Doing

create a nice tidy folder structure to keep: it all in, which includes somewhere for video and thumbnails somewhere to export the web version to

Then: launch Korsakow and save your project with a sensible name (so you know what project it is, etc) set File Project Settings add some media sketch a bit of your interface add some keywords assign interface lives export test and repeat then when happy publish to web, test again

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FAQ: Should each video in a project have the same dimensions?

If the shape does not match then two things will happen. if the video is smaller than the space for video in the interface it will be stretched if the video is larger then it will either be cropped, or squashed (test and see perhaps) Where they are different shapes either outcome listed under (2) aint’ gonna be pretty. However, remember your project can have more than interface, so you could always use one interface with video that is one shape/size, and another interface with video that is another shape/size.

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FAQ: It doesn’t run for me because I have an older operating system?

So if you download and it don’t run, read the fine print there and check what version of your operating system you have. … Generally, if your computer’s hardware can deal with it, it is worthwhile spending the $ on big system updates (well, I’m OS X so take that as the Apple side of the fence, no idea on Windows) since you usually get a lot of extra things… If you have an older version of an operating system, you can rely on the lab computers, or get in touch with me.

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FAQ: Can I use animated gifs?

But you could make a short video clip (imagine frames, each runs for one second) and set that as preview so when you moused in it would play. … But would be a mov.

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FAQ: How do I make and use a new interface?

When you are in the Korsakow program down the lower right of the program window you will see four buttons. … Oh, and don’t forget to name your interface, and to apply it (in the SNU editor) to your clips.

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FAQ: Why can’t I select my thumbnail for a preview?

I have found that sometimes the image is not listed next to the movie in the SNU editor where you set the preview, even if you think they have the same name. … If not there, I’d make a new thumbnail and when exporting/saving it make sure it is exported as a jpeg or png file.

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FAQ: Why are there only Three Thumbnails?

For the first project there are strict rules about what you can and can’t do to help focus on using the software and solving some simple design problems. … Want 20 thumbnails, go for it, though I’d recommend testing that it actually works….

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FAQ: How do I have click sounds in my project?

I mean do you really want some sound every time someone clicks on something in your project? OK, well then create a sound add it to your media library it should be .wav or .mp3 keep it short select it under File – Project Settings the slider next to Click Sound sets its volume

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FAQ: Export Problems

If it can’t find the media when it is exporting then it has been a) moved since you added it to your Korsakow project, b) renamed since you added it to your Korsakow project, or possibly even c) deleted since you added it your Korsakow project. … I’ve seen this problem because: the video files where just enormous (i.e. gigabytes in size) the video files had what 5 sound tracks so I think it had been created with Dolby or surround stereo sound the video was compressed in a codec that Korsakow’s compression engine doesn’t like (you really should use H.264) the video had been compressed with a dodgy version of H.264 (tricky, H.264 is a technical standard, but seemed there was one program that claimed to export to H.264 but actually it wasn’t) an image was not in jpg or png format (for instance you just added .jpg to the file name without actually converting the file format) the video file was compressed fine but the soundtrack was just enormous (better than CD quality and a huge data rate) In each case the problem was solved by compressing the media properly.

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