DJ Earworm Remixes

DJ Earworm is best known for his song “United State of Pop: Blame It On the Pop,” which was released in 2009.  This hit single mashes the most popular songs of 2009 into one cohesive track, creating the ultimate remix.

This is not the only mashup DJ Earworm has created.  Since 2009, he has released one “United State of Pop” song per year.  Another great remix of his is “World Go Boom” from 2011.

These are great examples of remixes because they feature mashed audio and video sequences.  DJ Earworm not only makes all of his tracks free and accessible to the public, he has also written a book on mashup construction called “Audio Mashup Construction Kit: ExtremeTech” and has made several chapters available online. For more information about DJ Earworm and his work, check out his website.


Can-can in Remixes

In trying to get ideas for remixes, I have been watching many videos on Youtube for the past couple of days. Most of what I came across tended to be quite technically advanced, probably due to many of my searches being biased towards those of Japanese origin and the Japanese videos that make it to Youtube come from very skilled and experienced mixers. However, a popular resource they use for mixes and parodies is the Can-can music, and there are countless mixes of various shows that sync speech clips and patterns with the music. They tend to be funny, but do not sound chaotic although it is just mashing together lines of speech. This was probably among the earliest types of mixes I saw before knowing what a mix was.

These kinds of remixes are too technical for me to attempt in this class, but at least they provided good entertainment. The important thing is that they provide some inspiration as I’m hitting a creative wall with the remix project. I think mixing videos with music as a coherent background element would make a good remix. Good luck to everyone for your remixes!


It’s Dangerous to Go Alone. Take These.

The world of web development is fraught with hazards. One unclosed tag or misplaced parentheses and everything melts down. Some independent projects are venturing deeper into the dangerous Deku forest of web interactivity. It’s ok though, there are tools.

1. Inspector/Debugger

The swiss pocket knife of web development is the inspector panel. You can enable it in Safari by going to “Safari >> Preferences… >> Advanced” and checking the box that says “Show Develop menu in menubar”. To bring up the inspector you can go to “Develop >> Show Web Inspector” or you can right click on any part of the page and select “Inspect Element”. Chrome features the same panel as Safari (both are built on WebKit) and can be accessed through “[wrench icon] >> Tools >> Developer tools” or the right click method from above.

Apple has a good overview of the tools along with a more thorough run through but it’ll probably do you the most good just to fish around yourself.

But I’m using Firefox!?

Have no fear, Firebug was the original swiss army knife inspector panel and its developers are no slouches. I’ll leave it to them to explain its use.

2. Javascript Library

If you are adding any kind of Javascript interactivity you probably want a library. The most popular and widely supported library is JQuery. The pro is it has everything. The con is it has everything. Other libraries exist such as Mootools and Prototype but, for this class, sticking to the well trod path of JQuery is for the best.

Using a library takes a lot of the verbosity and disorganization out of Javascript. Instead of writing document.getElementByID(“header”); you can just write $(“#header”). This is more powerful when using CSS selectors: $(“h2.red”) will find all h2 elements that also have the class ‘red’. If you are adding any interactivity to your site you’ll want a Javascript library.

The other reason for picking JQuery is the plugins (archived for the moment). They can be confusing and of inconsistent quality but overall they allow you to drop in functionality by only writing one line of code. I’m using a scrolling plugin on my class site. I haven’t had to write more than 10 lines to get some neat effects. For an example from our class: Dana has been doing cool things with JQuery.


Meanwhile, in his parent’s basement…

Sadly, this awesome trailer is clearly a mash-up of various television and movie clips, not an actual movie trailer. I’ll be happy with The Avengers and am totally stoked for it to come out, but if someone doesn’t get on making a Justice League (Superman and Wonder woman! Come on!) movie soon, I’m going to start writing letters.

Until Hollywood realizes their mistake and makes a real Justice League movie, I’ll have to settle for fan-made trailers, which are conveniently a very nice example of the remix video genre we’ve begun work on.  This trailer expertly pulls from about 20 sources and arranges them to form a budding narrative: the world is under threat and it’s up to the epic team of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman , Martian Manhunter, and Hal Jordan (Green Lantern) to save everyone. While the “plot” is fairly unoriginal, it is appropriate for the genre of movie trailers. The audience will presumably be more interested in a movie plot that doesn’t horribly mess anything up than an overly complex storyline.

Overall, this video is highly effective because it mashes together my favorite superheroes and explosions, so the 12 year old boy that permanently lives inside me is happy, which is essentially all I want out of a fan trailer. This clip further demonstrates all of the fun that can be had with remixes, we can make anything we want and the possibilities are as endless as Justice League’s badassery.


Looping soundtrack in Premiere/Soundbooth

My video project depicts several alcoholicbeverages coming to life while at a party. Naturally, you can’t have a party without some good dance music, so to solve copyright issues, i wanted to put a song such as “Party like a Rock Star” on an endless loop. Adobe happens to have a very simple and easy to use tutorial showing users how to do this.

First, you’re going to have to insert your video into Audition/Sound Booth. To do this, go to insert and then video from file. Once your video is in your work space, it will take up track 1, while the video’s audio will take up track 2. Right click the next empty track space and select wave from file. Then, select your audio file and hit ok. Now, you can drag with your cursor where you want the music to start and end.

Now, you’ll select the imported file and click view and then loop properties. The dialog box that pops up will have a box that says enable looping; check this. Set the time ruler to display in bars and beats by choosing View > Display Time Format > Bars And Beats.This allows you to better time the loop based on the beats present in the song.

Once you have enabled the file for looping, a series of diagonal lines appear in the bottom right corner of the loop. Position the cursor over these lines and drag to loop the file. Vertical dotted lines appear at each segment of the completed loop. Continue dragging to encompass the area where you want the loop to play.

Once you are satisfied with the mix, choose File > Save Mixdown To Video As. Navigate to a location to save your file, name it, and click Save. You can save the file only as an .AVI file. Then, import the file into your Adobe Premiere Pro project and drag it to the Timeline window. The file appears as you mixed it in Adobe Audition.

Source: http://www.adobe.com/ap/tips/prepaudition/


Transitions and Sounds

Transitions ensure that the narrative flows smoothly.  But in order to make everything flow, you have to know what options are out there. Here is a blog that briefly explains and provides examples of the main types of transitions.

Cut: instant change from one shot to the next

Mix / Dissolve / Crossfade: gradual fade from one shot to another

Fade: the shot fades to a single color

Wipe: the first shot is replaced by another, slowly revealing the second scene

Sounds are also a very important part of the editing process.  Here is a website that provides free downloads of music clips and sound effects to enhance your video!


Color Editing in Premiere CS5

Looking to alter the colors in your footage to better fit in with the mood of your narrative film?  While looking for an easy way to change the color in some of my video, I came across this tutorial:

 

 

The tutorial shows a variety of helpful tips and effects.  It uses effects such as the fast color corrector and the three-way color corrector.  The tutorial also gives insight on how altering the color in a clip can help better set the mood to tell the narrative.  Adding an orangish magenta hue to the clip can help give it a brighter, more nostalgic mood.  By taking the color in the opposite direction (to a cyan tint) and darkening the film a hint, you can give the clip a darker, spooky feeling.  By simply changing the color, you can totally alter the visual narrative of the film.  All of this can be done with the fast color corrector effect tool.  For more advanced color alteration, the three-way color corrector can be used.  This lets you separately change the colors on the shadows, mid-tones, and highlights, which gives more control over the color alteration.  Adding some of these effects to your narrative film can really help give it a completely different mood.