Michelle is from a small “hick” town (her words) outside of Austin. She has a younger sister who she basically raised because their father left and their mother had to work. She is on her way to visit family in Germany. This is the first time she’s made the trip to Germany without her sister. We actually talked to a while about photography and technology.
In the end, Michelle got her camera out and took my picture as well. So I think I avoided the creepiness factor on this one.
Inspired by the Noise Professor’s decision to make his animated GIF in Photoshop, I decided to play around with that tonight and ended up learning a good bit and with a much better process and product (fewer programs, higher quality). I didn’t know you could do this all in just CS4. Video to Images Capture video frames as stills to layers – you can even select portions of the video right in the import window. You’ll now have all the frames as images in individual layers. Animation Window Open up the Animation WindowNever opened this before Eternal Looping I set it to loop eternally. It’s right there in the bottom left hand portion of the animation window. If you forget you have the option to set this again when you do the final export/polishing. Frame Speed Shift click to select all the frames and you can change the animation speed all at once. Animate the GIF I saw this was impossible in a number of places and if you go to the normal Save/Save As location, it is. There is actually an option below that on the menu that is “Save for Web & Devices.” Somehow I never saw that. You’ll have Animated GIF as an option here. Polish It Up
I’ve been fairly obsessed with animated gifs lately. My apologies. It was really If We Don’t, Remember Me that had me stuck in this loop. This person churns out such really interesting visuals, I couldn’t rest until I got something fairly close. I feel like the image above, while not perfect, is close enough to let things rest for a whileThe gif is from some beach something something video. I was just randomly watching old movies on Netflix instant watch to make capture quality better and easier.. Initially, I just thought IWDRM was just a master of choosing just the right clip. Now, that part can’t be discounted but there’s a lot of other things that go on to improve the final product. While fairly simple, I’ll try to detail what I did and how I eventually learned to make it more economical time wise. I’m not a PS guy, so there may be even better ways. If you know them, let me know. This is tilted towards CS4 but I imagine the concepts will make sense if you use other versions or other software. Clip your video down in Quicktime or something like that. You can edit in the PS import tool but it’s awkward. Import the video files to layers. The animation window will be at the bottom. […]
As I’ve wondered/wandered around a lot of old and new posts, I’ve been thinking more and more about what an assignment generator for #ds106 might look like, what the categories might be etc. These were some of the things that I was looking at daily shoot, 5 card flickr, Darcy’s photography assignment generator, the Canon video challenge on Vimeo and the Director’s Bureau Special Project Generator (image below, that portion of the site went away). I’m still iffy on the categories but I think something like a slot machine that mixes multimedia and certain key categories would be an interesting way to do it. I wrote some of this last night and saw this tweet by Jim Groom today pointed to a random character generator created by bothered by bees (who also has a post from Dec 15th pointing to 7th Sanctum’s large list of character, plot and other generators.) It is interesting to see how many thoughts are coalescing around this course already. I think that’s the main reason that #ds106 matters. It’s providing a rough pathway for a number of people to wander down and around. I’ve already started communicating with a bunch of new people and the course itself has led to some interesting conversations with people I interact with in real life. The first question I […]