Saturday, April 15, 2006
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This is a test of the better settings Mike Brent suggested for me in Thursday's comments. Manual video source settings and frame averaging at 15 fps. I think the image is more clear, sufficiently at least for practicing animation.
I'm going to have to study up some on iMovie. I'll be the one going through the SMA handbook (http://www.stopmotionanimation.com/handbook/) for some education.
Sampling of glitches today:
• imported the Framethief frames to a Quicktime clip and imported it into iMovie but that didn't seem to provide any scrubbing capability.
• imported the individual frames instead but they came in a random sequence and the 106 frames had to be placed in the timeline by hand.
• couldn't "Split Selected Clip at Playback Head" as it was greyed out and I haven't been able to figure out why yet.
• wasn't sure what formatting to use when compressing to QuickTime or anywhere else for that matter, etc.
I didn't get to the armature today because I foolishly spent most of the day, I had set aside for 1/2 Land progress, feasting on the Banquet that is the Interweb instead.
One thing done nearly on course, was to download an eyebrow raising music app called; Virtual Composer (http://www.virtualcomposer2000.com/) $50 shareware/demo download free. I fiddled in it for a bit and stumbled into a feature where I could throw random notes on a staff and then select several 1/2 Land sound effects as the "instruments". I made a serviceable rain, footfall, door creek, birdsong, stream gurgle, as well as some cello and violin renditions of several sample pieces with it. The music language/controls were way over my head, I was every bit a chimp driving a spaceship. But when I get to the soundscape stage of this I may be able to fake it enough to get some sound tracks roughed in. There may be better solutions, but that's for later. I just couldn't resist exploring a possible sound solution a bit.