Ok so the semester is over but DS106 heart still beats, so going through the assignment bin I was inspired so to say try my hand at a gif just to practice so to say. So I came across this nice one assignment wich asked us to Turn a GIF into a FIG, which was taking a clip and reversing it in GIF format. So I was watching the official trailer 2 for Man of Steel (one of the few anticipated summer films I feel worthy of watching in a cinema) and for some reason thought the scene between 1:30 and 1:45 looked kinda intense with Kal-El taking off for flight and how it might look done back wards. So this process is kind of familiar now using KeepVid to download one of the mp4 formats of the clip & I usually use the middle quality. Then I open it using photoshop, go to Windows menu and open the Animation window. Then using the timeline I can select the exact scene I want from the clip then out of those many clips about nearly 400 I had to delete many frames and resize the gif then adjust the time lapse between each frame then save for Web & Devices. I may still end up tweaking it tho. Endless Possibilities.
So here we are at the end of the semester for CT101/DS106. What a ride this has been. I would admit going into this class, I had no idea where it would lead to which is not a bad thing and certainly kept it interesting. I must admit there was an element of fear in the beginning, but that is what I believe makes this forced hybrid class different from the traditional classes.
The class kind of swoons you by having no textbook requirement, but let me tell you as my first time using software such GIMP, Photoshop, Audacity and i Movie, this was definitely the class that needed my most attention. It was also interesting and thought provoking to examine elements of our time which seek to stifle this generation’s access to open education and remix creativity. What I really appreciated was that class forced you to research and try to learn a concept with a deadline. So even though there was no text I probably did more research for this class as much as FA284.
Before I really wouldn’t have thought of doing storytelling furthermore digital storytelling. However, since having to do daily creates and Creative Assignments, it reminds us of the importance of attributing credit to original sources and processes as we create and remix. Endless Possibilities.
What a crazy week it’s been eh CT101/ DS106 fam. Started from the the bottom of Jan and the tdc now we her…. never mind. So for my final project it was kinda hard making a decision on what to actually do. I was gonna do some gifs but then a mash a trailer then in the end I decided to make a mash up movie short. This short was inspired by a daily create I did back in back in February that asked us to re-title a movie poster to make it more accurate.
So to accompany the video I also created a poster for it using Photoshop where I simply manipulated images I found to create the movie “poster” as shown.
For the actual short film I was inspired to do a mash up of the films The Godfather part I and II and also American Gangster. This was done by combining various clips from each movie to create a sort of quick mashup story. I used iMovie for the first time to do this. This was similar for me when I used Windows Movie Maker before. So check out my video:
Also to compliment the video I did a Facebook event to promote the film.
I would have to say of all the activities I did for the semester my favorite would have one I did for the DS106 Sardonic Mashup audio assignment.
This was an assignment I enjoyed doing the most, because firstly it was a spoof of an apology of a ridiculous situation and secondly it was working in audio which I like. I did the assignment in Audacity, and I chose to use songs to echo Lance Armstrong’s response in his interview with Oprah. If I were to expand on this I would do it more from a video point of view rather than just audio. Would I choose to do such a project for the final project? Who knows?? Endless Possibilities Ltd.
In response to CT101s post Fairness and Fair Use, I chose to look at the current ongoing case between popular Wu-Tang rapper/ producer and now recently actor and director Robert Diggs aka RZA or Bobby Digital. RZA was the producer for Kanye West’s single “Dark Fantasy” from his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The articles from Spin magazine and Fusetv go into detail about the current legal battle Diggs is currently in legal battle against Teichiku Entertainment the Japanese publishing house for the song “Gincyo Watadori” by Meiko Kaji. Teichiku claims that Diggs sampled the piano playing from the song with out paying for it. Here are the two songs to listen for yourself :
Kanye West – Dark Fantasy
Meiko Kaji – Gincyo Watardori
To me I have to say I personally cant see the claim about the sampling of the piano playing at all. But regardless the power of economics has stepped in and Def Jam, West’s recording label has refused to pay Diggs a cent till the Japanese drop their suit. I think this is a ridiculous claim and one aimed at a producer known for sampling other songs to create tracks or beats. Some include:
I believe that as some one who is well seasoned in the music industry, Diggs knows the consequences one can with sampling with out credit or payment. This suit just seems really ridiculous and the fact that Def Jam refuses to pay Diggs while the track itself does make money is further ridiculous. We now have judges in courts who can clearly critique forms of work and determine what is infringement copy of an original and what isn’t. With most copyright cases I just see someone or a company who is seeking to cash in on a quick buck since most of these cases settle out of court rather than waste more money in court battle.
In response to Prof. Chloe’s post this Friday gone. I watched the James Gee video on video games and interacting with media. What stood out for me is the evidence which found that text books have been the least successful tools. I remember back home in Barbados having similar discussions with two former co-workers. One was advocating that books will never be replaced when it comes to education and professed how much he had taught himself and discovered to broaden his world view through the many books he has read. The other co-worker wasn’t necessarily discrediting the others thought towards books but said that reading was the worst way to learn something. At first this confused me. However upon further discussion we came to the conclusion that books will be useful in gaining some form of knowledge whether in digital or paper format. I was enlighten as to how one can truly learn a concept better when it is demonstrated and you practice it rather than you go and read about it.
I was asked to imagine if vocational jobs which many people are successful in such as carpentry and masonry which are very important were to be taught from text books if they would be as successful. Sure the process can be documented in print but not really learned that way. Why then is education still reduced to being learned this way? Professor Chloe mentioned how even this very DS106/CT101 course was helping break down this teaching border. Just imagine how many things in the world are evolving technological and sharing wise, yet higher education is still kept for the most part confined to ever expensive texts and human factory like campuses. We live in a world, in a country, in a state, in a city where high school children are dropping out at ridiculous rates. Yet many of these children are able to become masters in video games they play and know all the current pop songs. These children, many of whom are not remedial or mediocre, but rather demotivated by a system which to social and digital media… lets keep those separate from the classroom. Well guess what you can’t. In most university classes are the internet on their devices. So rather than attempting to blend both (which is an ongoing process in some places), those who stand to benefit the most will reject the idea of of traditional being incorporated to be used with these digital “distractions”. So tear down the barrier of learning and let the world gain knowledge. Endless Possibilities (c)
So I know its been a while since i last posted anything on the blog, so here we go I been trying to make up my mind on what to use for this popcorn video along with having my own issues to the not so easy use of popcorn in regards to videos. Any how here is my pop using videos which give different views on the issue of Global Warming. Here is the video which unfortunately doesn’t embed into wordpress, which is understandable since Popcorn itself uses online content instead of downloaded content like our remixed iMovie/Windows Movie Maker maker.
Wow we are week 10 already…. this semester will soon be over so quick. For this week we worked in groups making mockumentaries. My group chose to do an aftermath interview of “Artist Hughes”, aka Roger Hitterman, the bus driver who was fired for punching a 25 year old on the bus he was driving. So we interviewed Hitterman in the studio at York along with a witness who saw the entire tragedy. This video was shot using a 1080p @ 30 FPS using the wonderful………. iPhone 5. It was then edited with added with sound and the actual world star hip hop clip of Mr. Hughes punching the young lady. This video was done as part of the DS106 video assignment, “Mockumentary With Your Favourite Achetype.” Endless Possibilties………
For this video, I attempted to do a video for the DS106 Video Assignment, “Music Video“. For this video I chose the song, “Hit the road Jack“, and the movie was, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall“. I chose this movie because it was more comedy to me than drama even tho the scenes I used were more of the dramatic line.
So after downloading the audio from YouTube and sourcing the movie, what I did first was to edit the song to just what I wanted using the, “Select” and “Trim” tool in Audacity. Next I listened to the song to hear the different sections and note the time lengths between Ray and Margie.
With this done I then moved to taking my selections from the movie, once again using MPEG Streamclip which is great in that it allows you to “Select” and “Trim” out the section of video you want frame by frame using the keyboard arrow keys.
After making all my scene selections from the movie and saving them to MP4 formats, I was then able to open all my clips in Windows Media Maker once again along with the audio file(song). Next step was to mute the video clips and arrange them in the order I wanted. In Movie Maker you can also further edit your clips if needed by using the “Trim” tool. This was quite similar to my Sports mash-up, except for that video the sound was altered around the video, while in this clip the video was altered around the sound.
I also decided to add some credits and this is pretty simple in WMM. You simply select the credits button at the end and type up your credits. Here you can also adjust the duration time for the text to go with the clip duration. Which is great since I was able to try adding some text to the beginning of the video. Then when you’re through once again, save the entire project if you want then save it to MP4 YouTube format. Endless Possibilities.
This video I had a little more fun playing around with. This was done for the DS106 video assignment, “Sports Mashup“. This process was quite similar to my Tough Principals in film video but done a little differently.
For this video I think the hardest part was finding not so much awesome moments in sports, but moments that impacted the individual themselves as well.
After downloading and adding my videos to Windows Movie Maker again, I decide to again add some audio. However this time I wanted to add text in the video as well and to have the added audio playing at specific times while the video was playing. The addition of text was pretty simple just basically clicking on the text tool then typing what you want to show in the clip. The altering part is choosing the way text will display and play in its video segment and for the length of time it will play and the speed of the video.
For the audio I was able add the full song I wanted then in Movie Maker I was able to trim the audio and shift it to the area of video I wanted whether it was text or actual video clip. The movability in of shifting the audio in Movie Maker is not an exact science so it can be a bit tedious. Along with adjusting the volumes, of the audio and videos, I was also able to add a “fade out” or “fade in” to the segments of audio I had trimmed for a particular point in the video. Endless Possibilities.