Sunday, January 23, 2011

Video Response - Into a Bigger Box

For the past six months, I've been meaning to write an appropriate post on this video. Looking back on it, there are a lot of faults; there are timing issues, layering problems, and not enough moving parts on the objects. Originally, it was meant to sprawl different rooms and use multiple camera angles; I even spent a few hours making dishes and a sink for a kitchen scene. And like most of my videos, there were compromises.

It was my first time using Anime Studio Pro 6, and it's vastly different from Windows Movie Maker. Mainly, Anime Studio Pro 6 wasn't free. Other differences include legitimate animation capabilities, several frames per second, and multiple background and foreground layers. I can't even describe the software's full repertoire because I barely know how to use it.

In comparison, Windows Movie Maker is safe. When I use Windows Movie Maker, I realize that I'm in a box. I know the extent of the ceilings and the widths of its shortcomings, and I'd like to think that I thrived within its limitations. Its familiar. With Anime Studio Pro, I'm in a new box, it may even be a room or an entire house.

So it's comforting to know that I still have to compromise a few of my ideas on this video, even with the new software. It reminds me that the software is just a tool to convey my thoughts, and it doesn't create the video itself.

The video isn't meant to be taken too seriously. Ever since my first video, I've tried to create a youtube channel with a deeper sense of purpose, something pretentious and insightful. That being said, the channel also includes videos with origami frogs and an animated dog changing clothes. It's been a while since I made a made a dumb little video, and it was a nice change of pace that provides a more rounded perspective of my thoughts and ideas.

Don't take me too seriously or I'll disappoint you.

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