Talking to Birds

If you’ve ever seen a cat do this, you know how quiet it is.  The audio for this was really tricky to get audible.  It really didn’t help that I had the fan going, but I also didn’t want to take the time to walk over and turn it off, in case she stopped.  I wound up needing to normalize the clip, setting the gate threshold to about 80%, dropping all of the lower frequencies out entirely, and then boosting the remaining frequencies and the track volume as high as the software would let me.  It’s still barely audible after all of that (and the remaining fan noise makes it sound like it’s underwater), but at least it’s there.

Music Box

As always, lighting is an issue.  Too bright with the flash on; too dark with it off.  Something like this where I’m filming close-up, I really need a better external light, since the flash will always be too bright if it’s right next to the object it’s illuminating.  I settled for toggling it, since some details are easier to see with it on, and some easier to see with it off.

I tried to capture the snow globe aspect of this as well, but the camera just wasn’t picking up the glitter inside the glass globe. Lighting again: the flash made the glass too reflective, but without it, it was too dark to see.

Kitty attacks camera

I totally did not intend to post a video today, but when I got home, the cat was just posing for the camera. Of course by the time I got the camera, she wouldn’t sit still.  Then she started attacking. So I turned the video on.

Since the camera in hand was the DV still cam, the quality isn’t great, but it’s cute regardless.

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Apparently when I recorded my drawing yesterday, the recording stopped 10 minutes in, so I got a full recording of me drawing the spider web, but none of the adjustments I made afterward, or the drawing of the spider itself.

It was my intent all along to speed it up, and trim out portions where I was switching tools & modifying layers, though there then was the question of what audio to use.  Why, I should sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” of course!

The song is only 20 seconds long.  This means that even sped up at 800% and missing the last several minutes of the drawing, there was way more video than music.

So we have excerpts of the sped-up video, fading to the finished image at the end because I’d missed the end of the recording.