Is it cheating if my kid helps me with my DS106 homework? He wanted to make a stop motion video with come of his paper cutouts, so we made a test reel this morning, and I thought I’d use the opportunity to sneak in a DS106 assignment as well. The workflow for creating an animated GIF from a series of images is a little different than the tutorials I’ve seen for making a GIF from a movie clip, so I’ll post a tutorial later when I get the chance.
For my cooking show assignment, I first shot a series of videos and photos as I cooked supper. Conveniently enough. my camera also shoots video, so I put it on a tripod to get POV shots as I did the prep work. I threaded one arm between the legs of the tripod to get good and close. (It’s kind of distracting to chop when there’s a video screen showing your hands chopping right at the edge of your peripheral vision. Be careful!)
The one part that took a little bit of work was the shot where I did a dissolve between two shots of the clock on the stove to passing time. I didn’t have the camera on the tripod at that point, so the two pictures weren’t scaled or aligned to each other. Luckily, I took the still shots at a much higher resolution than the video, so I had room to play. I opened both pictures in GIMP and them copied and pasted one as a layer over the other. I set the top layer to 50% opacity to play with scaling and alignment:
I started with the images offset a little bit so I could get the scale right. Once I did that, then I just slid them until the lined up.
Once I scaled and aligned the layers, then I set the rectangle select tool to a fixed 16:9 ratio, selected the clock, and cropped to the selection. After I cropped, I scaled the image to 1280×720 to match the resolution of the video.
I edited the clips and stills together using OpenShot, my favorite video editor for Linux. On an earlier howto video I did, I narrated the soundtrack, but on this one, I decided to use titles to narrate and have an instrumental soundtrack. I used the Tracks to Sync blog at the Free Music Archive to find CC-licensed tunes.
I had a little trouble using Inkscape to edit the titles–whenever I edited the titles within OpenShot, I ended up with solid black text boxes, so the titles were unreadable. I settled for creating the titles in Inkscape and exporting as 1280×720 PNG files with transparent backgrounds. I then overlaid the title images onto the video in OpenShot. To get the video and audio to align, I did speed up the video a little bit (which also had the salutory effect of making the video shorter).
I came across Jaymie’s assignment yesterday, looking forlorn and neglected, and I knew I had to do something about it. I broke out the camera last night while I was cooking dinner, and here’s the result. I had originally intended to do a voiceover narration, but I came across a cool little tune on the Free Music Archive’s Tracks to Sync blog, and decided to see if I could get it down to about a minute and a half. I’ll add a tutorial in the next few days, also.
I started mulling this assignment over on the way home last night when I heard President Obama on the radio citing “Jesus’s teaching that ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.'” A troll-quote immediately sprung to mind, but mome did such a good job with the Superman/Spiderman/Iron Man mashup that I struggled for a good image. I considered using Obi-Wan Kenobi and citing Luke Skywalker (since the original verse in is in the Book of Luke), but using two characters from the same source didn’t sing to me.
In mulling things over, a line from Dune came to me, and reminded me of something Arya Stark says throughout the Song of Ice & Fire. I found an image of Arya that I liked, but I couldn’t think of a third character for attribution. I thought about Dune, and from thence to the House of Atreus–and there I got it–Electra. Citing a character from Greek mythology didn’t quite work, but using a comic-book image of Elektra with the quotation attributed to Arya Stark (which has a nice comic-book/superhero ring to it) suddenly clicked. I found an image I liked, and here we are.
- Cover of Elektra vol. 2 #3 by Greg Horn
- “Fear is the mind killer”: Dune, by Frank Herbert
- Arya Stark: Song of Ice & Fire, by George R.R. Martin