Pro Scores and Designer Sound FX from VideoCopilot.net

Hi All,

Late last week, a pair of DVDs arrived at my office.  I ordered the “Pro Scores” and “Designer Sound FX” package from VideoCopilot.net.  If you haven’t given the ads a look, do check them out.  I finally got through all the mixed tracks this weekend and they’re incredible!  It’s all royalty free music and sound which can be used in your projects and compositions.  I have not found anything to rival it in quality or price.

Stick Figure Survival Horror Game

Stick Figure Survival Horror - SethPerkins.com

A rather glorious weekend is coming to a close.  As I write, it’s about 10:30 at night and I’ll be turning in shortly.  Snowed hard Friday.  Therefore, the neighborhood has been rather quiet.  Skies mostly overcast and with the snow, the outside is basically tones of black and white.  Maybe that’s partially responsible for the content of this article.:)

I spent a few hours Sunday playing a game call Obscure for the PS2.  My brother gave it to me last Christmas (along with a significant stack of other games which I did play much sooner).  This one, ended up on the bottom of the pile and I never got to it.  Anyway, sometime I’ll do a writeup on the game.  I will say here that I have been rather impressed!  It’s more or less a survival horror in the tradition of Resident Evil and Silent Hill but with some interesting twists.

Well, another thing I played with this weekend was my Wacom tablet.  I bought it used about two months ago and haven’t really gotten around to getting acquainted with it.  I decided I’d do some doodling this weekend.  Well, you take some grey-tone days, survival horror games, and charcoal / watercolor and you get the drawings below!

I started thinking “Man, it would be cool to make a flash-based game like this”. . .   CS4 has some special links between After Effects and Flash.   Wouldn’t it be cool to build a game like this.  All action.  Simple Simple Simple.  Get some people excited on the web and allow them to contibute their own screens?

Anyway.

Stick Figure Survival Horror - SethPerkins.com

Stick Figure Survival Horror - SethPerkins.com

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The Hudson Valley Blaze

I haven’t been the best on keeping up on entries.

Last weekend was Halloween.  Every year, Historic Hudson Valley has the Blaze event.  The Blaze is a display of thousands of jack-o-lanterns on an historic site.  This year, it was the Van Cortlandt Manor.  It was amazing!  I’ll put a few shots here, but there will be several more posted to my photos area.

Historic Hudson Valley Blaze by Seth Hunter Perkins

Historic Hudson Valley Blaze by Seth Hunter Perkins - Wide Shot of House

Greenscreen, After Effects, Creative Cow

My spare time is often spent working on multimedia : photography, video, and composite.  This past weekend was all three.

I am a major fan of Adobe’s line of products, especially Photoshop and After Effects.  The best tutorials out there on the subjects come from Video Copilot.net and Creative Cow (which has an excellent After Effects podcast).  Recently, I was watching episodes on color key and that got me into this need to experiment with green a screen I bought off ebay a while ago.  My brother and I decided to do something fun with our hands.  Make them run around a la “Thing” in the Adam’s Family.  In ensuing “hey wouldn’t it be cool if” discussions, we came up with a brief script and storyboard for a “PSA” which we hope to wrap up shortly.  We spent most of the weekend testing our technical ideas and getting the green screen material shot.

In the rig above, we’re using our Canon XL2 and Kino Diva kit.  The nasty green sock on Adam’s arm came from the neighborhood discount retailer.  To pull the key, we’re using the KeyLight filter with CS3.  Adam is on top of the kitchen island which gave us some decent height to work within.

If you’re looking for a great tutorial, I think Andrew Kramer’s is one of the best on KeyLight.

Hopefully, next week, I’ll have a complete clip to post.

 

 

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