Thursday, October 28, 2010

Special Effects and Puppetry

The effects in this piece was probably the most fun I've ever had editing video.  The fire balls were recorded well after the studio shot where the actors were shot. The fire ball were just a lamp wick ball soaked in kerosene on the end of a wire.  They were shot against a completely black background. Then I use a luma key to remove the black.  This created a fire ball that I could put over any piece of video and it looked like the fire ball was there. Then using key frames I was able to animate the fire balls and give them character and life, and even allowed them to interact with the characters.

I had a BLAST with this piece.  It just reminds me how much I love animation.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Jimmy be Free

One of my regular computer training and maintenance customers, Rita Sandler, asked me if I could direct and edit a program for cable access.  I said sure and the following is the result.

We first spent a good hour recording the video of Jimmy Free playing his violin while I used the robotic cameras and the video switcher in TVCTVs studio B to create the smoothly flowing flowing and blending video of  Jimmy playing.  The next hour was spent interviewing Jimmy about his violin, his many spiritual experiences, and his choice to live a raw food vegan lifestyle.  As you can see from the program I had to decide what to cut from the interview and that selection was made easily.  The tale of how he came to be a ray food vegan didn't seem to fit the mood that was set by the music.  Although that portion of the interview was great it didn't fit and was left on the cutting room floor.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Variable Length Bumpers

I just created more video for TVCTV. This stuff I actually took a video camera out for about an hour the other day and just shot footage. With that I create what we call variable length bumpers. Which means that when we put it on the air it could play the whole thing or maybe just 2 seconds of video.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

My 3D Animated Station IDs

Here are some station IDs I created for the community access station I currently work for.

I used a combination of several programs to create these videos.

I create the 3D letters and the logo on the left with a program from Google called SketchUp.

Then I imported the 3D model in to Blender where I animated it.

I then exported the video from Blender and brought it in to Pinnacle Studio 12 where I added sound effects and the images.

I created the station logos that appear below the 3D TVCTV in Adobe Photoshop Elements.