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Screaming Uncle

Screaming Uncle

March 27, 2006

There are times when I think I must be mentally impaired.

Today is one of them.

All day, yes ALL DAY, I have been trying to turn this mov file 90 degrees so that you don’t have to cock your head to the side in order to watch it. And here it is 7:24 at night and I still have not figure it out. Why is it so difficult? Why? Isn’t youtube supposed to be idiot proof?

It looks right side up on my computer. But apparently that is just an illusion, a mind trick, a way to mess with my already overly taxed brain.

So, um, just lay your head down on your computer table to watch it. And if anyone knows how to fix it I would be eternally grateful and happily offer up my first born son* as payment.

*please note that the son pictured in the video is NOT the one I am offering as payment. The eleven year old would be off sulking in the corner, bemoaning his lot in life, and angry that I do not remember which song he said he liked a week ago and right-now-at-this-very-minute wants downloaded on to his Ipod. And, for future reference to all those other parents out there, saying, “Well, if you really liked it that much you should have remembered it.” only makes the sulking, bitching and moaning worse.

Posted by Chris @ 7:20 pm  

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  1. pj says:

    I’m just wondering if you are going to post a picture of you in your great blue dress with the expensive bra (hopefully we won’t see the expensive bra, but we’ll know it’s there).

  2. SaucyMomma says:

    Aside from the crick in my neck, that was fun to watch. Cute video, but I’m with PJ we wanna see you in the dress! Hope the wedding was fun.

  3. Citizen Mom says:

    Aww, what a dancer. A total pro on twirling the girl..This is definately the cutest..So glad you shared! :)

  4. Jody says:

    okay… my retinas exploded and I am blind now.

    Yikes! What a doll. Can you tell him to wait for Mia?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Cute video! re: rotating the .mov file … pay for Quicktime Pro http://www.quicktime.com and you can rotate .mov files by accessing the video properties.

  6. Tracy in HD says:

    OMG, SO cute!!!

  7. Bobita says:

    Wish I had some expert advice…

    I just wanted to express how adorable your video was!

  8. Maddy says:

    Yes I am blonde, but this works ….. try turning your screen on it’s side …. ok I did premise with “I am blonde”.

  9. The Daring One says:

    Oh that is too cute. We’ve been planning to do video posts for a while now but I’m too scared of the PEBCAC factor myself. (computer tech support term meaning Problem Exists Between Chair and Computer)

    Kudos to you for even trying. I may have the courage to do it now too. Gosh my neck hurts. Why does my neck hurt so much every time I come to your site?

  10. k in kc says:

    If you’re using Windows XP, go to Start > Accessories > Entertainment > Windows Movie Maker. If you import the video, you should be able to rotate it.


  11. Sue says:

    How gorgeous!

    I once took a video clip with the camera in portrait mode, and could’nt understand why I simply couldn’t make it turn round. It seemed such an obvious thing to do. Then my husband - who used to work in TV - explained to me in simple language that movies are not supposed to be taken in portrait mode. Televisions and theatre screens are designed the other way around, and nobody in their right mind would EVER think of turning a video camera sideways, nor a regular digital camera when taking video clips.


    I see from comments that it’s possible to pay for software that will do this (I guess they finally realised that some women DO turn their cameras sideways to get better video) but it’s not standard. Apparently.

  12. J says:

    I love the music. Atlantic Starr…very late 80s :P

  13. Sleeping Mommy says:

    Too cute.

  14. k in kc says:

    When I sent the previous post I didn’t see that it was a mov file.
    This is what I found:
    You have to have a full version Quicktime player.

    open movie
    goto the ‘movie’ menu and down to ‘get movie properties’
    select ‘video track’ on the left side of the pop up menu that appears then on select ’size’ on the right hand side of that menu
    you can then rotate, adjust size etc. with the buttons on the bottom of that menu and preview in the main window
    in the ‘file’ menu select ‘export’ and choose the file format, codec etc that you want.

    HTH this time,

  15. D says:

    My neck hurts. I think I broke it. Can I sue you?

  16. Meagan says:

    How cute! Lucky for me I happen to be nursing in bed with my laptop, so your video was actually at just the perfect angle for me. So thanks for SAVING my neck!

  17. Kim in MI says:

    We have QuickTime Pro - if you want to email me the video clip, I think I can rotate it for you and send it on back.
    Kim in MI

  18. Kim in MI says:

    Bah, I totally did that link wrong, trying to be clever with the code. But my email is in there, can you see it?

    I’ll do it again, less clever, I think …

  19. Lenise says:

    You can rotate the whole screen display by hitting Ctrl-Alt and the arrow pointing towards the desired top of the display (so ctrl-alt-up arrow should restore it). Just make sure you save everything first. My cat got it to work on my computer (which is why I know this), but when I tried to pull the same joke on a co-worker, I crashed his pc. And this was not my smarter cat.

  20. InterstellarLass says:

    ADORABLE! My daughter would be beating him up or something. She’s no lady. :(