June 29, 2009

Trapcode Form Test

Trapcode Form is shaping up to be a lot of fun. For this test, I created a sine wave in "Illustrator" then animated it in a precomp in "After Effects". The animated precomp when paired with an excerpt from the song "Shave My Head" (from the album "Hello Friends" by Jack Dangers) drives several variables of Trapcode "Form". You can see the animated result here. Fun, fun, double fun.

Frames from Trapcode Form experiment

June 26, 2009

Trapcode Horizon Test

I recently purchased some new After Effects plug-ins, one of which is Trapcode Horizon. Horizon is a handy little plug-in that allows you to import spherical panoramas into AE and navigate around them. In this test I took two spherical panos (an original that I shot, and a version with a 3d villa and pool composited in (both from my time at Screampoint)), aligned them, and animated a 3d camera in after effects. The people are people that I shot on green screen for another project (hence the sweater on the girl in the middle of the desert ). The sparkles on the pool are done using Trapcode particular. The caustics on the pool and on the wall at the end of the pool are generated in AE. The animated result can be seen here. The video was made using lower res versions of the panos (3k wide vs 7K wide for the final panos that the files came from - I did this for speed as this is a test. The video would be a lot sharper had I used the 7K renders as source material. Anyway, after doing this simple test, I see a lot of possibilities....

Frames from Trapcode Horizon experiment

June 03, 2009

Timelapse rig test

Last night I conducted an hour long test using my MK panomachine MK III in timelapse mode (15 second intervals) paired with a canon 20D. The resulting animation was complied in after effects and I have posted it here (2.35:1 crop, and panning added in post). The next step is to take this thing up into the hills and catch some scenery. Two things I am going to try next time - setting the ISO lower, and shortening the interval to 4 seconds.

Frames from timelapse experiment

Painting on the iphone

After reading that the cover of the most recent cover of the "New Yorker" was painted on an iphone with an $5 application called "Brushes", I decided to purchase it and see what all of the fuss was about. After playing around a bit, I can truly say that the program is a lot of fun to use and even though the tools are simple, it is very usable. Below is my first doodle done with "Brushes" (reduced for web). Even though the image was painted on an iphone, the final resolution is actually a respectable 2880 x 1920, which works out to 9.6" x 6.4" at 300dpi. One novel inclusion is the ability to play back your brush strokes to show your painting process - I have done that for this doodle and placed the movie here. More information about "Brushes" can be found here.

Fishy iphone doodle