Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Scotch Yoke Animated Slider

So I made this Interactive Scotch Yoke for the Articulate E-Learning Challenge #76.

Thanks David Anderson for making this graphic!

The animation of the yoke is done with a series of images created in a 3D modeling and animation software called 3D Studio Max.  Those 40 images were brought into Storyline 2 and added to the "states" area that is triggered by the slider.

I'm going to try to put the source file here for download...
download the Storyline 2 zipped project file

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Shooting Stop-Motion Animation with a Smartphone

A really old smartphone.
The Virgin Mobile Optimus V from 2011
Below is my entry into the E-Learning Challenge #42, which is a superfun way to work on your e-learning chops and participate in the community.  This challenge is to record, edit, and publish video using your smartphone.  I cheated on the editing part.  And the publishing part.  In my defense, there is no editing or publishing software available for my vintage android phone (that I'm aware of).  Also, it's probably a whole lot easier to use AfterEffects, which was how I handled all the post work.  Anyway, here it is...


The whole thing took about 4 hours start to finish.  2 hours to set up (with about 20 minutes of shooting), and another two hours to edit.  I chose to skip how the post work is done for the video, and just run with the actual shooting.  Since post work didn't involve a smartphone - it kinda doesn't apply anyway, right?  That's my excuse. The music is from the YouTube free use library, some good stuff can be found there if you haven't used it.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Matching Futura Font on a PC

I love the Futura condensed font on my Mac.  And if I did all my media production on a Mac - there would be no problem.  But I don't.  I have to use a PC for several applications in my production process, and have been lost without Futura.

I just came upon the discovery that Tw Cen MT Condensed is almost an exact match, and it seems to be included in the windows standard fonts.  Oh happy day!


There you go.


Carry on lovers of FUTURA - I hope this helps someone out there in fontland.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Steampunk Nexus 7 Stand

I decided that it would be really cool to make a steampunk stand for my tiny tablet, and this is what came of it...
This bottom tube deflects the sound from the back speaker to the front


It took entirely too long to make, but I love it.
And here is the version that little Charlie made for his iPad...

Tiny Outrigger Canoes!

I've taken to making these tiny outrigger OC6 canoe models in wood.  The wife and the boy are active paddlers, and as I prefer to remain squarely on the beach, I consider this my contribution to the sport.

So this one is made out of some wood scraps that I found in the garage, probably an old growth pine or spruce, and a dark redwood?  That, and a lot of sanding.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Zoetrope - first test

We decided to try and make a simple zoetrope that can be viewed with a strobing light.  Inspired by a post over at Make Magazine's Blog that used pipe cleaners, we set out to make our own version.

Here's the lazy susan and cut wood
Chalie sands it smooth
Finished platform and drawing the animated panels
When we got it all put together, the plan was to use an LED flashlight with a strobe setting.  The timing didn't work out, and we need to rethink things a little.  Maybe (someday) we will re-make the zoetrope into a proper version with the slit windows that you look through.  Until then, here is a movie of the finished project...



Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Willis Tower in Lego



After our recent trip to Chicago, and a visit to the SkyDeck of the Willis tower, little Charlie decided to re-create the skyscraper in Lego (with some help from Dad).  Here's how it turned out...


It had to be multiple colors due to a shortage of single color bricks.

He brought this creation to school for their form of show and tell.  The format is to bring something hidden in a paint can, and the student has to prepare and write three clues for the classmates to try and guess what it is.  Charlie had to forgo the paint can, and bring the tower in a large bag.  Here is the list of his clues...





1. It is in Chicago
2. It is tall
3. You can stand out in a glass window

Nobody was able to guess, and it was a big hit.  Some wrong guesses were the Eiffel Tower (Charlie told them that was in Paris) and the Statue of Liberty (Charlie told them that was in New York).  He knows his stuff.

Here's a view from the glass ledge...