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01 February 2009 @ 09:09 pm
Insane February Vidding Project  
So, short story: I've signed up for an 'Insane February Vidding Project', with daybreak777, chaila and callmeonetrack. We've each set our own goals, depending on what we want to work on, but the idea is that we create a series of vidlets quickly, to push our comfort zone into new areas.

I chose to focus on effects, to see whether it made any difference to my vidding long-term. So my goal is to learn 10 new things (and demonstrate them as proof!) in two weeks. EEP!

Excitingly, I've got off to a good start by learning about keyframes. FINALLY! They're so easy! I'm so embarrassed now. ;) So I got to playing around with 'scale' and 'centre' in Motion, and I put in a fade to white transition for kicks... Here's all 4 secs of it!

Effects vidlet 1 - Boppy
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daybreak777: loisdaybreak777 on February 1st, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
Ooh, you made something! And I love it. With the four pictures! I do! I keep watching it over and over. :-) Which effect is scale? Do you feel like you can use these effects in a longer vid now?

I think it's really cool!

Edited at 2009-02-01 02:59 pm (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex fascinated with youbop_radar on February 1st, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
It's cool, right? Now that i've done it I see some problems--like the fact that three pictures are all in the same colour scheme and the final one is not. And they're not necessarily strong enough to balance one another. But there! I am learning! :) Also the flash to white thing pleases me--it really adds some extra punch.

Scale = making the image bigger or smaller, so in this case making four little images (50% of normal size) and having them reduce in size over time.

The 'Centre' function was used to move them right, left, top or bottom.

This is from one of my WIPs. It may or may not see the light of day. If it does, I'll probably use different images, but possibly keep the effect.
brokenmnemonic: Clois - Strange Timebrokenmnemonic on February 1st, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
I really want to get to grips with these motion effects now - it looks like your vidding project is going well so far :) I was thinking about the Flash clip you used top right - would there be a clip somewhere in the episode where he gets caught by Lex that matches the colour composition of the other three clips?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: books!!bop_radar on February 1st, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
There is, but actually, if I was to keep this, I'd change the other three images, not that one. Because that's the one that gives the best transition out of the effect to the next part of the vid.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on February 1st, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
I still cheated and used the source a bit--the speeded up Clark and Flash (other dude) are in the original source. ;)

So it turns out keyframes enable many many things. They basically are just a way of marking where an effect starts and finishes. So in this one, I would mark where I wanted a picture to start (centred at 75%) and where it would end (off in one of the 4 corners at 50%) and voila!

Scale = making the images bigger or smaller
Centre = moving the image around (so left, right, top or bottom)

I layered the four images on top of one another like a pyramid.

I hope that's helpful! We can all learn!

Yeah, I am posting snippets from WIPs. Luckilly I have 4 WIPs. So hopefully eventually there'll be more than 4 seconds. *lol*
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aishwarya lanternbop_radar on February 2nd, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
It's a total novelty for me! I had no interest for sooooo long. It's good to be self-aware about where you are in your vidding journey. :) Then you can relax and just accept and enjoy.
Millymilly on February 1st, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
Woo! Good luck! My Insane January Vidding Project was definitely an experience (not yet finished, since I'm doing a full month from January 15th to February 15th).
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on February 1st, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Wow! That's a long time!! Good luck with the finishing stages. Mine is very 'baby' by comparison, but I need something to kick my ass into gear about learning to play with effects more because left to my regular vidding devices, I would never ever do it. ;)
Call Me OneTrack: viddingcallmeonetrack on February 1st, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
OH! And here I was all set to be like "But what are keyframes Bop?"

(Um, it's the four separate windows right? That's very cool.)

I gotta get off my ass and find another program!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex here with youbop_radar on February 1st, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
Not exactly... but let me see if I can explain. It turns out keyframes are just a way of marking the start and endpoint of an effec. I'm sure there's a more technical explanation than that but that's how I've understood it.

So with this, I marked a start point with an image at 75% of its normal size, centred. Then I went to the endpoint and marked it, with the image reduced to 50% and positioned in one of the four corners. Two keyframes for each of the four images.

I used the 'Scale' function to reduce the size of the pictures and 'Centre' to position them.

Keyframes can be used for more or less any effect that you want to use over a set period of time--so you can zoom with them, pan, fade in or out, adjust colour gradually...
Call Me OneTrackcallmeonetrack on February 2nd, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
Ooh that sounds quite complicated. Good on you for figuring it out! It's a nice effect to have in your stable (works very well with your choice of music here too!)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on February 2nd, 2009 07:55 am (UTC)
Believe me, I couldn't have dreamt of it a year ago. The exciting thing is all the possibilities it opens up...
Enderenderwiggin24 on February 4th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
since I didn't even get around to make like 4 nano seconds, your 4 seconds are already extremely cool!