Monday, December 17, 2007

Beary Christmas!

Finally, I finished this Christmas video! This is my first “fine” video with Sony Cyber-Shot 7.2 megapixel camera. I’ve usually been hesitant to create larger files with video. However, the graininess has been annoying me.

3 min 31 sec

Two years ago I shot a video of Ricky A. Lenart’s Christmas light display. Well this year I decided to film a new one. I also took some indoor footage. Indeed, I crammed as much as I could fit on the two sticks that I have for my camera – photos and video. I’ve had the edited clips arranged for over a week now and have been trying to figure out the best way to approach the music.

Well I’ve been frustrated in my search for free copyright free music. I’ve even tried creating some music, but I wasn’t satisfied with the results. Instead I settled for three Apple iLife ’08 Jingles: “Buddy,” “Park Bench” and “First Snowfall.” Everything finally clicked into place Sunday night. And so here it is in all its glory!

To see more of the Chrisstmas lights and decorations as well as Ricky A. Lenart's house inside and out, click on the links for my blogs:

pic journal

pic folio

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Streetcar Ride

The streetcar is back on St. Charles Avenue as of November. Although the route only runs from Napoleon Avenue to Canal Street, residents and tourists are happy to have it return. The music for this clip was assembled with GarageBand '08's new "Magic Garage Band" feature. This clip is formatted at double the speed.

I filmed this one using the "Fine" setting. But when I uploaded to YouTube the video includes a thick black border. The tutorial claimed that the software would handle issues like this properly. Well, I guess not.

9 min 34 sec

Saturday, November 24, 2007

West End Ducks

This is the duck pond at West End Park in New Orleans. It's located at the eastern side of the park. About forty ducks live there. Lake Pontchartrain is visible from it.

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Poydras Home Pond

This weekend is the annual Poydras Home Art Show and Sale. After seeing where my work was hung, I strolled around the grounds. This video is from a visit to the pond along the Poydras Home Memorial Walk. It is located near a busy intersection.

2 min 29 sec

Besides taking some video, I shot some photos as well. My blog pic folio has the following groupings of photos:

Pond Close Ups
More Pond Close Ups
Trickling Water
Around the Pond

To see the photos from the art show and Poydras Home, click on the follwing links from my blog pic journal:

Poydras Home Art Show & Sale
Front Yard Big Tent
More Artists
Front Hall
Front Room
Dining Room
Poydras Home

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Green-Eyed Witch

My sister bought a new animated toy for Halloween. It's a green-eyed cackling witch. You just clap and it starts moving. The eyes blink and it cackles loudly. Here's a sample of this obnoxious spectacle. Click on green-eyed witch and scroll down to the 5th picture in the post to see what the witch looks like with more light.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Operation Dance Revised

On Mardi Gras Day I had my camera with me. When Argus stopped for a while I noticed a crowd nearby cheering. I went to the center of the street to see what was causing the commotion. A couple of guys with a dance group were break dancing.

In all my excitement I treated my camera like a regular camera when the dance group, “Operation Dance”, arrived – that is I turned it sideways. That would have been fine if I was shooting a still image. Instead, I was shooting video.

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Later on that day I figured out how to rotate the image. However when I uploaded to YouTube, the image was stretched out horizontally. The sound had disappeared when I imported my video from Quicktime to iMovie HD. Earlier this year I located a piece of freeware that keeps sound attached to a video - a Sony camera to Apple Mac issue.

Recently I purchased iLife ’08. The iMovie program that comes with packet helped me crop my video as well as keep rotate the video properly. The sound works fine too. For comparison see the earlier version Operation Dance.

Spanish Plaza Fountain

I shot this video of the fountain in Spanish Plaza on the New Orleans Riverfront. Again, last night I edited in iMovie '08. The software handles transitions and noise between clips so much better than the last version did. Hooray!

To see still photos of the Spanish Plaza fountain, click on pic folio.

1 min 23 sec

Muddy Mississippi

I shot this video from the Louis B. Porterie ferry as it traveled back and forth across the Mississippi River between Canal Street and Algiers Point. Last night I edited in iMovie '08. The software handles transitions and noise between clips so much better than the last version did. Hooray!

To see still photos of the Mississippi River water, click on pic folio.

1 min 59 sec

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Poodle Dancing

Ginger Rose is no longer the "whining puppy." She is almost four months old now. Recently her momma Frannie, auntie Gabbie and sis Gracie all came to visit her in Lafayette, LA. See how poodles dance.

Click on Ginger Rose to see photos of her all grown up.

1 min 45 sec

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Video Process

A while back I started a blog for my experimental videos called video process. My intention was to have videos that have more experimentation, i.e., filters, special effects, etc. Today I’ve moved videos over to that blog that fall fit that description. I will be posting more videos soon.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Gathering Flock

A flock of birds gather in a small tree in Dutch Alley in the Historical French Market.

1 min 55 sec

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Tri Poodle Wrestling

Ginger Rose, Pepper and Sparky are seven week old now. Watch these three poodle puppies wrestle one another in this extended battle clip.

3 min 57 sec

Porch Poodles 2

Gracie, Gabbie and Frannie bark at neighborhood dogs as Frannie's puppies Ginger Rose, Sparky and Pepper play.

1 min 16 sec

Friday, July 20, 2007

Doggie Crossing

Frannie and her pups, Ginger Rose, Pepper and Sparky, go back and forth across the room.

Camera Stampede

Two puppies play. Ginger charges the camera.

16 sec

Porch Poodles

Frannie and Gabbie bark at neighborhood dogs as Frannie's puppies Ginger Rose, Sparky and Pepper play.

1 min 17 sec

Thursday, July 05, 2007


Monday is traditionally wash day. So, this time when I did my laundry, I had my camera with me. This is the result.

1 min 43 sec

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Technical Issue Solved! New Embeds!

Today I finally solved a video technical problem. The QuickTime videos created by my Sony Cyber-Shot camera did not want to hold on to sound when I imported them into iMovie HD. Well, a piece of shareware helped me convert the files into MPEG-4's. I've spent much of the day finishing up these last two vids. Deciding on music for "Storm Brewing" took some time too.

Also, I've replaced the embed codes for this blog with YouTube embeds. Google Video is moving towards being a search engine for video sites. I'm continuing to still upload videos there as well, for those who only watch Google Video.

Mo : )

Storm Brewing

Storm clouds gather overhead as I drive on Jefferson Highway and then on Causeway Boulevard. Music assembled in GarageBand 3.0.4.

1 min 57 sec

Flooded Street

Sometimes my street floods . . .

1 min 27 sec

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Puppies Nursing

Frannie is the proud mother of three poodle puppies born a week ago. The apricot female is the same color as the daddy, Charlie. The two black puppies are one of each, boy and girl. They will turn silver around the age of two. Frannie remains alert as her puppies nurse.

22 sec

Who's at the Door?

Gabbie races ahead of Gracie to see who's at the door. (more)

8 sec

Where We Goin'?

Mamma asks Gracie "Where we goin'" and other questions. Gracie speaks as Gabbie wanders around.

1 min 2 sec

Friday, May 25, 2007

Oak Trees on the Avenue

Oak trees loom overhead along Carrollton Avenue and St. Charles Avenue in Uptown New Orleans. I shot this on Thursday and added music with GarageBand 3.0.4.

4 min 5 sec

Friday, February 23, 2007

Operation Dance

Operation Dance is a dance group that performed in the Krewe of Argus Parade on Mardi Gras Day. Unfortunately I shot the video in the "portrait" direction instead of the "landscape" direction. So it got altered in the upload to Google and there is no sound. That aside, I still was impressed with the dancing.

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