Remix…..pt. 2

I gave up on Vimeo, so here is the YouTube link….

 

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My video post

Here is the link to my Epic Awesome Movie Trailer. I had to upload through Vimeo…..damn bomb threats! Hope you enjoy it.

 

My Epic Awesome Movie Trailer


Remixing Med Men and Sex and the City

Over the last couple of months, I have become a Mad Men fiend. I had never watched the show during its initial run, but I decided that it was time to start watching the show dubbed “best on television.” Man, were the critics right. Mad Men blew me away with its characters, setting, smart dialogue and awesome style. I was immediately hooked.

For the remix project, I decided I wanted to incorporate several different aspects of some of my favorite tv shows, to make a wholly original creation. While searching for some inspiration, I happened upon this little nugget that made my sides ache once I was finished laughing. The video, while more professionally done than something I can hope to accomplish, nonetheless has inspired me to create something that can be as side-splittingly funny as this example is.

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/video/archive/2012/03/sex-lies-and-video-remixes-critiquing-mad-men-in-its-own-words/254912/


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/


Shaking your video

If you’re like me and you plan on having an action sequence in your film, this tutorial might be for you. It’s relatively easy and makes for a great effect.

Step 1:

First, you’ll want to import your video into Premiere. Resize your clip so that the borders are outside of the frame. This ensure that there will be no black bars that take away from the effect.

Step 2:

Click on Effect Controls and then look for the label Position. There will be a tiny toggle icon next to it. Move to the portion of the video you’d like to add the effect to and then click on the diamond icon to create a key frame. The diamond will then appear at the point you selected.

Step 3:

Now you’re ready to actually create the effect. You’ll have to change the position of the y-axis, which is the second of two numbers on the Position line. Leave the first key frame with the default coordinate and create another key frame shortly after the first one.

 

Then you will move the second key frame y-axis down slightly to make the image move down. Repeat the process with many key frames one after the other, and alternate between moving the key frame up and down.

 

source: http://www.tutorialized.com/view/tutorial/Earth-Shake/15553


Inserting animated .GIFs into your website!

If you’re like me, seeing small animated pictures embedded into different websites causes glee and delight. I can never get enough dancing bananas, smileys or embarrassing celebrity moments put to an endless loop.

With the knowledge that our websites must have an animated feature, this quick and easy guide should come in handy when the time comes for you to add such a feature.

First, you should find the animated gif of your choice. There are a ton of great websites out there that have many unique and free gifs, but there are also many more sites that will spam you with messages of congratulations and promises of erectile dysfunction correction. I’ll try to stray you away from such sites.

Gifs.net is one such site and has over 13,000 animated pictures to choose from.

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There are handy-dandy categories on the left side, so choose from one that interests you. I’m going to go with something charming, like Beavis portraying the Great Cornholio.

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From here, you can either right click and save the image to a location (i.e., your flash drive) or you can choose to upload the image source into your HTML code directly. Go to your open page in DreamWeaver and select insert, and then image.

After that, you can select the animated gif. Make sure the gif is saved to your root directory along with your main page, or you will get an error image on your website.

Now hit enter, and your image should automatically be added to your HTML file. Save your work, then hit the “Put File” arrow to upload the image to your website. If everything worked correctly, you should have an animated gif in your webpage. It’s that easy!


Clean Design on Gamespot

For the better part of a decade, I have trusted Gamespot.com as my source for all gaming information. While sites like IGN.com and Gametrailers.com offer more in terms of video content and a broader perspective on pop culture in general, I have stayed a loyal fan of this site because of its staff of writers and general style. I have also been a fan of their review process — they have issued only 7 perfect scores in their 16 year history — that really scrutinizes games to the finest detail. Although their integrity was challenged a few years ago, they are still the site I reference before dropping $60 on a game.

Lastly, they have a booming community of users, with their “System Wars” forum being my favorite board to creep to read the latest flame war, fanboy rant, or general irreverent post regarding each console. About a year ago they overhauled their site making it nicer to view and giving users a variety of new options that helped “modernize” the experience. However, there are also several annoyances that come with becoming a “modern” website.

The first thing that pops out on the homepage is the advertisement for the latest Ghost Recon title. The advent of widescreen computing has given webmasters added real estate to cram in an abundance of ads. You might think this is actually a Ghost Recon site if you didn’t look at the top of the page. But again, this is the reality of a web surfing experience, so you can’t detract too much from it. In fact, most websites use this method of advertising in their websites, so users are quickly getting used to it.

As you scroll down, you are greeted to the bulk of the home page. This is the meat of the site that helps lead the user into the inner workings of the site. The main box in the middle of the screen highlights the latest articles and editorials as well as links to major game reviews. The right side has a trending option of which games and devices are currently causing the most amount of buzz on the site. In the middle are video reviews, trailers and other video media for user to experience. Finally, near the bottom there are the latest reviews of different games.

The site also has a nice white backdrop, although this wasn’t always the case. Gamespot used to have an all black backdrop that caused tremendous strain on the eyes. This option is still available to users via a toggle near the top of the page

Finally, the message boards give the sense of community to Gamespot, and the community it has is quite large. System Wars, as stated, is a fun place to argue about irrelevant topics like which game is a graphics king, which game is a console graphics king, who would win in a fight between Nathan Drake, Master Chief and Mario, etc. It makes it worth coming back to the site every day, especially on weekends when news and reviews aren’t updated.

 

The site overall has a nice, clean look that is bright, easy to read, and bursting with content that keeps the user interested.