Scoring the Bio-Horror of Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral

August 5, 2013 | By

Uploaded is a podcast with E.C. Woodley, composer of Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral, a stylish and surreal film that harkens back to the bio-horror of father David Cronenberg.

I’ll have a set of related CD and film reviews up shortly – these were delayed after far too much time was spent trouble-shooting a bug in Sony’s Sound Forge 10. I love the SF – been using it since version 4, I think – but vers. 10 has a bug that goes back to a programming screw-up in version 6 or 8.

For those who might recall, an error message would pop up and disallow saving that file you just spent HOURS on. The only way to save the file before a potential software crash was to do a Save As. That would result in multiple files saved under different names that made life Hell. This fuck-up was solved in the next edition, but for some bizarre reason, it’s back in vers. 10.

The kicker? You can’t use Save As this time, so basically you’re stuck with a file you can play but can’t save to another hard drive, memory stick, or whatever. Some postings suggest the error lies in the permissions settings for the Temp folder SF uses in the Sony/SF10 folder on the C: drive. It’s a hidden file in Windows 7, so the only solution I could fine, in terms of saving the file, was as a Sound Forge Project.

Much like Adobe Premiere, SF lets you save your work as a project file that records intended changes rather than the physically changed file. It ensures you can’t mess up any original file, and when you’re ready to finalize the project, just render the file in whichever format you prefer.

I managed to save the podcast as a SF project file, and there was indeed a record of what I’d been working on for the last few days. Step 1 done.

Step 2 involved going into Preferences in SF and reset the Temp file location from the hidden folder to a generic folder I created on the C: drive. A test Save As and a test Render enabled both a .wav and set of MP3 files, so that seemed to be a workaround.

That said, there’s no reason for this troublesome bug to reappear several versions later. It’s more than a nuisance: the last thing anyone wants is to see hours of fine edits and fine tuning on a multitrack file go up in digital smoke.

Hope this info helps those also using SF 10.

Apparently it’s another elite holiday today, so for those lucky enough to be off work, be nice to those fine folks working the floors and counters. I wonder how a flipped holiday would be received in which all service, hospitality, & entertainment industry workers have the day off…

Coming soon: reviews of Hands of the Ripper (Synapse Films), and George Stevens’ last film, the intriguing The Only Game in Town (Twilight Time).



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