Aug 23

Alert 2015-08-23 10-49-28After many years working with iDVD, I've finally beaten the worst bug - I mean feature - of that clunky kids' program.

The worst thing that could happen when creating a long iDVD project was to realize, after burning, that there was a typo in the credits or a sound glitch that you had missed in editing.  Bad enough to go back and re-edit the footage, and re-output to an MOV file, that's some time and effort.  But the worst part was that when you re-opened your iDVD project, iDVD would throw up an error - "Modified Asset Warning."

The only thing iDVD would fail on at that point would be to mess up all your chapter buttons.  They would still be there, with their proper names, but they would all point to chapter one.  This was unavoidable, even if you had named the file the same thing, all the chapter markers were in the same place, etc etc.

Since renaming chapter buttons and selecting thumbnails is so clunky in iDVD (my projects often have 40 chapters per disk!) it's worth finding a way to avoid this error if you ever need to re-export a video file with minor changes.

I finally figured out that the reason it fails to accept the file is that the TIME STAMP has changed!  This is truly the mark of an amateur program - good as it is.  It assumes that if the file has been modified since you last opened iDVD, then there must be a mistake, and it doesn't even bother checking the length, the file size, the placement of chapter markers - anything!

Notice the "modified asset warning" error message - click through to see an example - complains about the date stamp!  It's easy to miss if you don't hit the dropdown triangle - the first time I've ever seen such a drop-down in an error message.  No wonder I never noticed it before.

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Mar 31 you have friends in Dawson City, or headed there for the film festival, spread the word about this workshop I'm teaching...

In this 3-hour session, participants will be introduced to DSLR cinematography for documentary and drama. Bring your own DSLR camera and compare with your colleagues’! We’ll discuss the differences between DSLR cameras and dedicated film or video cameras, including advantages and disadvantages in comparison to ENG and cinema cameras around Run’n’gun, sound, stabilization, form factor, overheating, and data rates.

Interchangeable lenses bring the beauty (and danger) of depth-of field but a whole new category of learning about chips, adapters, connectivity, speed doublers and more. We’ll touch on gear that can make your DSLR behave more like a regular camera, replace or adapt some of the functions like sound recording, and hacking your cam to unleash the power inside it. And we’ll talk practicalities of hand-holding with or without rigs, manual vs. automatic adjustments, monitoring or using separate-system sound.

Flick Headshot webFlick Harrison ( is a writer, media artist, filmmaker, hacker, community artist, educator and drone pilot in Vancouver. Starting out on the CBC youth series Road Movies as one of Canada’s first professional videographers, he’s since made videos in Pakistan, the US, Mexico and China. As part of the Art and Social Change project, he is studying community arts across Canada in conjunction with SFU, Concordia, U of A and U of T.!

His work has been seen on dance and theatre stages, by millions on television, been nominated and won awards internationally, and slipped into, under and through almost every Canadian funding niche. The Globe and Mail called him “hilarious,” and the Georgia Straight called his work “gorgeously sophisticated.”

Aug 18

I just published an article on about the Ukraine crisis.

"The crisis in Ukraine has just escalated and spread to our shores.  By sending military supplies to the government in Kiev, Stephen Harper is drawing Canada into the crisis as a belligerent and playing into the hands of Putin's most hawkish advisers.  Harper's policy shows the kind of good intentions that pave the way to Hell.  Canada can do better.

Military support from NATO in the face of Russian opposition could help Putin justify his own unilateral missions - like the dubious supply convoy that is now waiting at the Ukrainian border, or even his secret weapon, troops, and armour deliveries.  Also: what would happen if someone shot down the Canadian supply plane, or that of any NATO member?  Would that put us at war with Russia? ..."

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Aug 11

anonymooseThe film I made with Catherine Falkner during a residency at Black Bag Media Collective in St John's, Newfoundland is now in distribution with VIVO media arts, and the first screening from this relationship is happening at CineEco environmental film festival in Portugal in October (or as they say in Portugal, "outubro"!

The film, a surrealist propaganda movie against the spraying of Tordon 101 on Newfoundland's highways, will show this week in Seia, Portugal in competition with other shorts.

Thanks to Liz Solo for making that residency happen...

Jul 25


4th International Film Festival of Kashmir 2014

The dance film I made with Rob Kitsos, "A Moving," has been accepted to the Kashmir International Film Festival from August 2-11 2014!

If you just happen to be in the Kashmir, that would be your chance to see it ... 😉


Jul 19

I love this article and agree completely.

Why Google Glass Is So Bad and Hated and Will Never Work.

"People pay thousands of dollars to have lasers shot at their eyes so they don't have to wear glasses. People put little pieces of plastic right on their eyes so they don't have to wear glasses. People hate glasses.

You can feel them on your face. You can see them on your face. They restrict your peripheral vision. You have to keep track of them. If you take them off you have to carry them with you. Your one pair has to compliment all your clothes. Wearing glasses makes it harder to wear sunglasses and be cool. Lots of people don't like how they look in glasses. Though imo some are in actuality very fetching. Disclaimer I don't wear glasses."


Jul 2

logoVIVO has not disappeared, it's just gone underground while the landlord laughs and the City of Vancouver steps in to the rescue.

I'm teaching my very popular Final Cut Pro X workshop there on July 12th, now EXTENDED by one hour to fill you up with Apply goodness.

Total 4 hours (Saturday, July 12th, 1-5pm) | $42.50 for  VIVO members / $50 for non­members

Learn how to import, edit video, add effects and titles, and output to dvd, web, or master files on the once-and-future king of editing software. Stop paying for Adobe subscriptions and get back on the FCP bus!

Final Cut Pro X has finally overcome the clunky launch and now it does pretty much everything an editor needs it to do. (Beginner workshop)

Instructor: Flick Harrison

This Month | VIVO Media Arts Centre.

Jun 23

AMoving-Sunset3The film I made with Rob Kitsos, "A Moving," will play this week at the Sardinia Film Festival in Italy...

The film features Kimberly Stevenson, Katie DeVries and Rob Kitsos with music by Martin Gotfrit and visual art by Michael Morris.

Jun 17

Toronto Public Library is hiring a filmmaker for a unique and fun job: our Fall 2014 Innovator in Residence.

The six-week residency will take place October 20 to November 30 at the Digital Innovation Hub at Toronto Reference Library.
The recently-opened Hub is a learning and creation space that gives anyone with a library card access to a wide range of digital tech, including: Mac computers, laptops and tablets; HD cameras; a green screen; and video editing software, like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and iMovie.
The Innovator in Residence's job will include the following tasks:
* Meet with customers to critique and answer questions about their video projects
* Create and offer film-related programs and workshops for the public
* Post on the Digital Design and Technology Blog (this blog)
See the job posting (PDF) for full details - including info on how to apply. Deadline to apply is Monday, June 30.
Jun 17

Jeff Younger's Devil Loops

I'm doing my first live improvised visual performance with Jeff Younger and some amazing dancers and performers tomorrow night at the Orpheum Annex!


I'll be playing with video from Ukraine, with live animation, and VJ-type live cams.  I feel like someone has taken a DJ and said "here's a guitar!" which is pretty fun but also terrifying.  Come see me triumph or crash!  It will be a great event!

The event is produced by the Railtown Cultural Eclective...

- Flick


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