Monday, March 07, 2022

Reworking Some Very, Very Old Files - Sfumato #2

On the 4th of July in 2001, G. Bush, as his polling was sliding, was asked by a reporter if he thought it was due to his bad performance up to that time.  Bush responded, "Who cares what you think?"  before it dawned on him that he was speaking to a reporter.  "Be sure you get that right!"  he called back.  Later the reporter's boss said he'd received a call from the White House stating how rude he was to the president.  

 (cc) 2003, Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary, use with permission (please)

It was just a taste of what was to come, hardly a whiff, as we saw.  It was enough for me to revisit an old high school film that was not much more than a series of editorial cartoons on a Nixonian theme.  Only now, instead of Super 8mm film, I had Autodesk Animator Pro for DOS!  And a digital tablet!  Twenty seconds of material came of it, with a recording from 1917 to use as pacing, when the usual things happened, and it never wrapped.  I started and finished Sfumato #3 in the meantime, and even that took me until 2021 to get around to it.  Time flies when everyone is having fun.

So after Sfumato #3, it was time to look at the old flic files and try to convert them into jpg format, only to find everything was in 720x480, the State of The Art in 2000, where the currently soon-to-be outmoded format is 1920x1080 (if ever I go to anything approaching 4K, it'll take a new computer).  Anyway, a bit of work in a new-ish version of Flash (a version one can actually buy) with some framing learned from updating an even earlier film, along with some effects courtesy of Sony Vegas, and the existing footage from 2001 has been converted to this file -- 

 (c) 2022, Jim Middleton, The Animating Apothecary

Still silent, with some earlier tests for the stop-motion ending of this 180 second opus posted elsewhere around here.  Just have to fill in about 140 seconds now.  Let's see - 140 seconds, 24 fps -- that's 3360 frames, or 1680 if I "shoot" on twos... and in another 20 years it should be done!  Now to look at all those boxes in the basement...

We all need goals!





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