Motion-Controlled, Motion-Tracked, Single-Shot Music Video: Cowper – Morning Prayer

Hello CDMo! Long time no post! Apologies for my extended reclusion. In between buying a house and changing full time jobs from Web Guy to Video Guy, it’s been an exciting time to be a Jaymis. Happily, I now find myself in an ideal situation: Working as part of a small team, on interesting and varied projects, at Graetzmedia. Rather than trying to find time for video in between website builds, my daily grind is all about visuals, installations, creative programming and production. Of course, having time to create is much more fun if there’s gear to use, and the …

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Digital SLR Music Video: Westernsynthetics – The Machine

The age of the Digital SLR is well upon us. With a wide variety of backs and formats, and plenty of video-capable units available under the mythical $1000 price point, the line between High-End Photography and the Rest Of Us is becoming terminally (lens-)blurry. That’s not to say that any muggle can go out with their shiny new DSLR kit lens and take world-class, cinema-quality video – good camera control, lighting, composition and content is as important as ever – but the technical barriers to doing so are all but gone. DSLR video still has its limitations, rolling shutter and …

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Adobe to Bring Audition, Wave Editor and Post Tool, to the Mac

Audition, a favorite, previously Windows-only wave editor from Adobe, is coming to the Mac this winter. Adobe is touting native surround support, multi-channel effects, and performance optimizations; you can check out how the new tool looks at Adobe Labs. The public beta is due this winter. Interestingly, Adobe is pushing the video side of this more than audio, even though Audition is popular with audio users. The demos are hosted by video specialist Jason Levine, and “post production” is the phrase that keeps coming up. The Mac is quickly becoming spoiled for choice with dedicated wave file editors, maybe enough …

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Metronomy – A Thing For Me: Inventively Motion-tracked Music Video

One of the big advantages of building a project around a single effect or idea is that you can spend time experimenting, and build interesting permutations of your central idea: A Thing For Me from Metronomy on Vimeo. From a ridiculously basic central tenet, and some reasonably simple motion-tracking and animation, this piece unfolds some fascinating and entertaining ideas.

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Video Delay in Processing: Memo Gives Us OK Go's "WTF" Effect For Xmas

UK creative coder Memo has released an early holiday present, a video delay system allowing us to reproduce the effect seen in OK Go’s “WTF” clip (Behind the scenes video on Youtube). This piece really does contain all of The Good Stuff. Processing, live video, sharing code, the innocent joy of a child in song, and of course the Flying Spaghetti Monster (may we all be touched by his noodly appendage). It really is super easy to get running, too. You need the Xmas2009 code (couldn’t think of a better project name Memo?), Processing, and the ControlP5 library installed. When …

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Video Delay in Processing: Memo Gives Us OK Go’s “WTF” Effect For Xmas

UK creative coder Memo has released an early holiday present, a video delay system allowing us to reproduce the effect seen in OK Go’s “WTF” clip (Behind the scenes video on Youtube). This piece really does contain all of The Good Stuff. Processing, live video, sharing code, the innocent joy of a child in song, and of course the Flying Spaghetti Monster (may we all be touched by his noodly appendage). It really is super easy to get running, too. You need the Xmas2009 code (couldn’t think of a better project name Memo?), Processing, and the ControlP5 library installed. When …

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Short Lapse, Time Remap: Ecological Apple and Simple Ideas

Simple, original ideas are wonderful. The vast majority of videos that “go viral” are based around a single, simple idea. The idea may be “anesthetized kids are funny”, or it may be “time-remapping a rotting apple makes it look magical:” Ecological apple (experimental short) from Andreas Soderberg on Vimeo. It´s a regular timelapse that i have edited in after effects. Time remap and some camerashake. Andreas Soderberg. You know the spiel by now. You’re a visualist, you’re more qualified than just about anyone around you to turn a simple idea into a professional, artistic video. Go out and do it. …

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Script Your Effects: AEScripts.com Relaunch with Name Your Own Price Model

AEScripts is a required destination for After Effects users. I featured their work (Magnum – the Edit Detector) last year in my Ninja Video Sampling workflow. Last month they relaunched the site with a sleek new look, and a sleek new Name Your Own Price model for their scripts. Some great new additions to the site include Randomizer, Sequence Layers, AudioAmpToVideoSpeed, rd: Slicer and RepositionAnchorPoint. These, and most of the other scripts on the site, feature a $0 price minimum. So you can get the scripts for free, and drop some cash later if they become an indispensable part of …

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Dozen Camera Clip: Todd M Duym for Curtis Santiago's "Annabel"

American director Todd M Duym has put together a tight little multi-camera music video for Curtis Santiago. Curtis Santiago – Annabel from Todd M Duym on Vimeo. The edit is loads of fun. Having worked on a much simpler screen-splitting post production before, I can imagine the post on this piece may have been reasonably time-consuming. Expressions and scripting and a well organized workflow can help make this kind of thing easier, but when it comes down to it you’re moving a lot of little bits of data around. Cheap video cameras are doing such fun things for music video.

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Dozen Camera Clip: Todd M Duym for Curtis Santiago's "Annabel"

American director Todd M Duym has put together a tight little multi-camera music video for Curtis Santiago. Curtis Santiago – Annabel from Todd M Duym on Vimeo. The edit is loads of fun. Having worked on a much simpler screen-splitting post production before, I can imagine the post on this piece may have been reasonably time-consuming. Expressions and scripting and a well organized workflow can help make this kind of thing easier, but when it comes down to it you’re moving a lot of little bits of data around. Cheap video cameras are doing such fun things for music video.

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