Roto #2

Taking the original previous masked clip using the rotobrush, I overlaid it 3 times on the original clip to produce this, quite pleasing result. After Effects seems to be really messing me about with widescreen and square pixels, but you can see the content developing…

After Effects rotobrush #2

Being more picky about the originating footage I again took a short clip into After Effects and rotobrushed the mask in so I can attempt to layer upon layer the same visual.

Layering sound

It’s all about the layering for me, in visuals or in sound, so I want to test how much you can get out of layering just a few sounds.

Squeaky door, we have this cupboard with the most awesome squeak on opening and groan on closing so I’d like to include this in my layering sound test.


I like rhythmic sounds within my audio so thought that a metronome might be perfect for the job, actually it’s where my idea came from to try layering I did wonder if you could just use one sound, but thought that might be too extreme for a first attempt, so I’ll see what happens…


After Effects – Roto brush

Roto Brush masking in After Effects, just a first attempt.

It’s got very ‘wriggly’ edges, not at all what I would like to have.

I will next look at using the pen tool to create a mask as I’m very familiar with this type of masking technique in Illustrator, but, I need to re-check the original film as it seems to be twice as slow as it should, so the framerate might need correcting…


I got an email reply back from Roger McKinley (Research and Innovation Manager) at FACT  (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology)

ARtSENSE is their museum augmentation and research project and he’s happy to answer some of my questions, or have a skype chat, they are having an event in June and in April they are publishing something that will be useful. So I just need to think up some good questions to ask…

I would like to know if they have done any research on the way that people interact with new technology pieces that are put into Museums, do they work, do people just not know what to do and how do they go about getting the message clear.

What has worked best? (in ref to above q)

How have they found this out, what tests/research tools/studies did they use

I am interested in the imparting information/learning aspect, ie, does the public get it?

I am very pleased to have made this contact, and hope to go and see FACT up in Liverpool as there is nothing like it here.

Peter Pan and the Elephants

Found one of my old interview videos from Archant Norfolk still knocking about on Youtube – from 2008!

A young cast were at the Theatre Royal in Norwich in the Search for the Lost Boys.

production, sound, etc, all by me on the little rubbish panasonics they had… Their only redeeming feature was that they had a headphone jack.

trawling through I also found the tour of the elephants in Norwich that I managed to film and cut together to be under 10 minutes.

Fantastic animation

You have to watch this, it is one of the most amazing pieces of digitally animated/manipulated video clips that I have seen in a long time. So clever.

the animator is Cyriak (Harris) – is a freelance animator based near brighton.

he also has his own youtube channel…

he uses Adobe Photoshop,  After Effects and occasionally Flash, plus fruity loops for music.

It reminds me of Monty Python, but  much more complex.

On the end of one of his showreels he has his student stuff end card which has S.I.A.D (Surrey Institute of Art and Design, now ) 1998.

New Sound of Music

Excellent look back at sound recording in the 70’s

I had to watch them all…


Looking to find AR in practice already and I stumble across an international group project called ARtSENSE who are looking into museum spaces and interactive Augmented Reality in exhibitions etc.

“Aimed at improving and augmenting the gallery and museum visitor experience through wearable technology, ARtSENSE is a European research project, in collaboration with two other cultural organisations and five technical and research organisations, including FACT and Liverpool John Moores University…….. For the museum visitor the result is an enhanced, personalised experience, taking them on an innovative journey through the hidden stories of the artworks and artifacts.”

They have founder members of the MANIFEST.AR involved and a this is a brilliant slideshare presentation talking about the future for augmented reality within museums.

This chap is creating AR art already…

I also contacted Roger McKinley who is the Research and Innovation Manager at FACT just to see if I can garner any help or involvement with it…


Sound manipulation software

Talking to Tom yesterday about sounds and triggering those sounds with physical interaction, much like the trigger in Aurasma but mixing sound, he told me about MAX 6, looks interesting, it’s not something that I’ve ever looked at, more object than code based for the paid for version, so not sure if I will understand it, but definitely worth looking at.

I could get a student license for a 12 month period for $59.00 or it’s $250.00 for a full download… (there is a 30 day trial for free).

Tom also pointed out processing

“Processing is a programming language, development environment, and online community that since 2001 has promoted software literacy within the visual arts. Initially created to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context, Processing quickly developed into a tool for creating finished professional work as well”.

Looks much more code based than MAX 6!