Monthly Archives: October 2013
I’ve had this mesmerizing (for me at least) video clip of three minutes in the life of a seagull on my computer for a few years now and I wasn’t sure what to do with it for the longest time. Then I realized that there really wasn’t anything that should be done to it. I just needed to add some non-intrusive intro graphics, some nice, serene music and let the video play. What is it about this video that I like? The sounds of the ocean breaking on the beach, the plane flying above, the other seagulls flying around, the people on their wave riders coming on screen as the seagull walks off, and, quite simply, life at the shore. I hope you like it.
This video was created using a Flip HD Video Camera, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe After Effects.
The song “The High Heat” can be found in The Wilco Book which can be purchased at Amazon.com and other fine stores.
Okay, I’m not famous but I did have my first custom TV graphic put on the air for Fox Business Network not too long ago and I’m sure at least one million people saw it. The graphic aired during the Lou Dobbs Tonight show for a story about methamphetamine use in North Korea. How anyone in the U.S. knows about meth use in North Korea when the North Koreans don’t know what’s going on in North Korea themselves is an interesting question but it was talked about very convincingly on Lou’s show.
I must say that I was very nervous starting at FBN but the graphics staff there have been nothing but super nice, professional, incredibly patient, and supportive. The whole system in which a graphics order is made and passed over to the designers and then passed back to the producers so the graphics can be plugged into VizRT (not too sure how to explain this program but it seems to me to be the program that controls all the graphics that you see on TV) and put on the air is pretty cool. I never gave much thought to how the graphics system worked, I just remember saying to myself that I could do that, especially when I looked at the over the shoulder graphics made for the local New York City news. How hard could it be to do that? Well, it’s harder than you think but FBN, and I’m sure other networks have a similar system, has an incredible “bank” of templates for pretty much every type of still graphic that they air. What kind of templates do they have? Generic fullscreens, custom full screens, logos, baseball cards, head shots, cyber images, maps, promos, graphs (line and bar!!), and a ton more. Phew!! Below is the file that I handed off to the producer and the image below that is the way the graphic appeared on my TV on FBN. So, I guess I’m a tiny bit famous…
Wow! It’s been more than a month since I last updated my blog. I’ve been pretty busy freelancing at Fox Business Network creating on air graphics and teaching myself Cinema 4D. Now back to Cinema 4D! In the process of learning about extruding, lighting, texturing, and animating I figured that I was far enough along where I could actually apply what I’ve learned so far. So I decided to “update” the Brooklyn Nets Promo that I created in After Effects awhile ago. In the original version of the video the Brooklyn Nets logo is flat and there’s no real movement to it. In the new version, I replaced the flat Brooklyn Nets logo with a 3D version and there’s a lot of movement to it (basketball spinning and shield swinging from left to right).
The whole process was a very good learning experience, especially when it came to the integration of Cinema 4D with After Effects CC. I’m a big fan of how you can make changes in Cinema 4D, save the changes, and once you move over to After Effects the changes from C4D are almost instantly reflected. The only issue that I ended up having though was with the “in-box” shaders (textures) that came with C4D showing up in AE. For some reason AE doesn’t recognize the shaders and as a result you get a flat, dark C4D object in AE. I did a little research on the interwebs and this issue appears to be a bug between the 2 programs. The work around was outputting an animation sequence from C4D and importing the sequence into AE for final output. Below is a screen shot from the original video showing the flat 2D Brooklyn Nets logo. Hope you like the update. Let me know.