It's hard getting back on the horse after being off of it
for so long. As problems and distractions morph my life I find
it difficult to regain that same level of attentiveness to the
site. This is partly due to the fact I'm psyched out about quality.
I find I have my foot in my mouth more so when I wish the
articles to fair better.
Writing good articles just doesn't seem to be my style right now.
Either that, or it's one slippery horse.
Here's the birds eye overview.
A new hacker-slash-maker space is trying to get off
the ground up here in Humboldt county. I intended to write all about
that 1st meeting but I wanted to wait till I got permission to post the image.
Everyone there was pretty excited about getting things started.
I mentioned CCAT would probably be a good place to meet at least
until we find a more lab like place. (Hopefully, a classroom sanctioned through
some helpful campus club. *cough Computer Science Club *cough)
We'll see what comes of all of it.
I had always wanted a DSLR. But when I heard they could shoot
great video. I was sold. It was only a matter of time before I did
all my homework and obtained one.
It's like seeing the world with new eyes. It catches so much more detail
and provides so many more options. I've got a lot of learning to do.
The following is a test video for compression/sound/video quality.
Perhaps, not the best choice in music but it was just handy for a test.
Finding that version of "Ave Maria" by krishashok via Sound Cloud got my
wheels turning for other possibilities. You may have noticed the slick noise
profile trick. I was very happy to see the updated Noise Cleaning plugin
from Audacity. It's just what I needed.
I've run many tests in the past week. Since, I'm now tape-less I can
hit record at any random point in my day and be editing literally minutes
Ah. Nearly accurate green screen keying. The Holy Grail of home film making.
Have I finally conquered the elusive beast? May just be close enough to justify
the time it will take to create better CGI to stand in front of. At least, I think so.
I find I enjoy a certain look. I use the threshold plugin of Final Cut Express to crush
the blacks and remove some of the color. I feel it gives it a bit more of a rustic noir
look that I like. The dramatic lighting is an accident due to the fact I don't have much
room to move about without having the green screen lights casting side light on me.
I saw this one frame on the TV monitor as I was filming. The contrast on
the monitor shocked me. You see, I could obtain clean blacks with no noise for
the first time in my life. I was looking at something on my TV that might actually
look like it belonged there. You can't tell from this frame but in theory I have
enough pixel information to make a slick 480x270 web frame.
I can push the footage a bit towards the warmer old-timey style.
I realize that a lot of subscribers on the site and on the youtube channel
expect more Blender. I don't wish to disappoint them so it's in the back of
my mind. Still, I'm going in a different direction and things just won't be
the way they used to be.
It's probably better that way.