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Steal This Footage - FAQ
  1. How did you make the subtitles?

    Subtitles for the interviews in the archive were created on Macintosh computers running OS X. Two pieces of software were used. The first is Miyu which is a simple and effective application for creating subtitle files.

    The interview sequences were opened as HDV or MP4 files within MIYU, as it does not accept theora files as source material.

    Once happy with the subtitles you can export the file in several different formats. We use .srt as it is the easiest for subsequent users to modify.

    Sometimes it's necessary to adjust the in and out points for some or all subtitles in a sequence. A good tool for doing this on OS X is Jubler.

    It is important to know that once created .srt files contain basic time-line information (in and out points for an individual subtitle) and the text itself. Thus they can be opened in any text editor, so small errors such as spelling and punctuation are easy to correct. In addition if you want to translate the subtitles into another language, you can often leave the time-codes intact and simply change the text.

  2. What does this CC BY-SA mean?

    CC-BY-SA means that these materials (with the exception of the Elizabeth Eisenstein video) are available to others to use under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license.

    The crux of the license is this: (a) if you create a new work using these materials you must credit Steal This Film for the footage used. You can do this by referencing us in in relation to relevant footage in the closing credits of your film. If you have a website for the film, you should link to us.

    (b) when you create works using these materials you agree to make the result available to other people to use on the same terms as we have made these materials available to you. We allow the reuse of these sequences for all purposes, including commercial projects. All versions of your work however must be available to others under a Share-Alike or compatible license.

    If you are working on a project where it is impossible to release the work under these conditions, please contact us and we will be happy to work out a conventional licensing agreement.

    (c) Otherwise you are free to distribute, copy, perform and modify these works as you see fit. If making verbatim use of these works, please ensure that the licensing information remains intact and easily ascertainable.

  3. Why do i need Java to play the videos? The videos are encoded in Ogg Theora. To play them in your browser we use a java applet, since that was the most reliable way to make playback and seeking work. In the future your browser will support videos without the need of a plug-in, with the Video Tag.

  4. How can i use the HDV files? We know that you can open them in iMovieHD, Final Cut Pro and Quicktime for editing. You can also play them back with VLC.

  5. How can i use the HDV files in with my favorit Video Editing Suite XYZ? We dont know, but if you found out and want to share your findings, let us know, we are happy to put those information up here.