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.


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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.


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