Troy James Sobotka has left a few very constructive and useful comments on my blog from time to time. We’re now doing a little back and forth related to how best introduce people to using Blender as a video editing application with some screencasts. And while I haven’t yet posted another quickie screencast on Blender (I’m at war with my arch nemisis Free Time right now) my discussions with him have led me to believe he knows quite a bit about it. But aside from that, if you visit his blog and read his ‘About Me’ blurb, you’ll see he’s got a penchant for creative endeavours. In fact, he just blew me away with this comment to one of my posts about the Flip Video camera and the resulting link:
Hard to believe it but some of those teeny, fixed plastic lens, fixed focus, disposable cameras can now do a relatively crude 720P HD!
It’s all your fault Richard! I started reading your Blender articles and decided I’d give it a go.
I set out on a project to create a music video (of sorts) out of the output from one of these cameras and post it onto YouTube. Here are the details:
$160.00 for a pocket, disposable camera like the Flip.
Two hours of shooting.
Four hours of distracted production.
Couple that with a few hundred Blender developers and you end up somewhere around where the following link led.
So Richard, without further ado:
Thanks for sparking the mind again.
Troy, I find it hard to believe you needed someone like me to ‘spark’ your mind. ;) I am completely amazed at that video. Only two hours of shooting and four hours of distracted production?
You sir, need to screencast. :)
Although I have a whole bunch of “how the hell did you do that” sort of questions, I’ll keep it to just one or two:
– I’m assuming maybe you used a tripod for the rotational shots, but how the hell did you do the nice smooth pans? I refuse to believe it was handheld. ;)
– The out of focus shots and the over-exposure type effects.. were they done manually somehow or was that some sort of effect processing done in Blender?
Simply beautiful and so well done Troy.
I now happily call BS on anyone doubting what can be done with video in Linux.