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.